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July 15, 2014

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima students to present at national psychology convention

Professor to receive distinguished career contribution award

Two Ohio State Lima students will present findings from their research at the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, August 7-10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Richard Smith, Celina, and Katharine Black, Ottawa, worked with Dr. Joseph Green, professor of psychology at Ohio State Lima, to study hypnotic responsiveness and focused attention during puzzle solving, respectively.

"It is a real credit to Kay and Richard to present research at the annual APA convention," said Dr. Green. "All of the submissions are reviewed by a panel of experts before acceptance and it is fairly unusual for undergraduates to present research at this prestigious conference. Both Kay and Richard have collaborated with me for over two years and their hard work has paid off."

Smith, a senior psychology major, focused his research on an exploration of time of day and hypnotic responsiveness among college students. Smith and Dr. Green earlier found that regardless of self-reported time-of-day preference, students were most hypnotizable around 10 a.m. They are now exploring whether time of day preference affects absorption and fantasy proneness scores. Their current study also examines gender differences across the various scales that they administered.

Black, a senior psychology major, examined hypnotizability, meditation-attentional focus and performance solving anagrams. Black and Dr. Green followed up on previous research by redesigning a study that involved anagram-solving ability among students. They offered brief training to one group of students to help them focus their attention during a deep breathing exercise and then tested anagram-solving abilities across the trained and untrained groups. They found that the brief training failed to improve the number of anagram puzzles correctly solved. They did find an important role for practice as all the students tended to solve more puzzles during a second trail relative to their initial trial.

Dr. Green will also be honored for his two-decades long work in the field of hypnosis during the APA Annual Convention. He will receive the Distinguished Career Contributions to Professional Hypnosis award. Dr. Green will deliver an invited address, "Contributions of Hypnosis to Principles of Psychotherapy," during the APA Annual Convention.

Dr. Green has twice served as president of APA Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis) and continues to serve in a number of leadership positions within the organization. He is a consulting editor for the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and for Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. He is a fellow of the APA as well as the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Green has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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Editors’ note: A photo of Smith, Black and Dr. Green is attached. Left to right: Richard Smith, Kay Black and Dr. Joseph Green.