Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North

BSCN Program 2023: Saturday, April 22nd

2023 BSCN Student Presentation Winner

Nathan Weber

Presentation: Evaluation of Audience Presence and Reactions on Performance in a Virtual Gaming Environment

Nathan conducted the research with help from students Makenzie Heatherly and Adam Abdallah and was mentored by Dr. Mychal Machado. 

Nathan Weber photo


Conference Schedule

Social Sciences Building, Room 118

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Time Presentations

10:00-11:00 AM

Keynote Lecture: Fostering Connections a Post-Pandemic World
Ashley Doss, PhD, L.P., N.C.S.P.
11:10-11:50 AM
Exposure to Attractive Women and Risk-Taking Behaviors in Heterosexual Men
Murat Demir, Gwen Lupfer, & Robert Boeckman
Does the Blocking Effect Happen With a Conspecific Conditioned Stimulus?
Beeke Kadriu

12:00-12:40 PM

Lunch break and Poster presentation

Examining the Magnitude Effect in Rats
Emily (Lalita) Saeteurn
Using a structured interview to understand the evaluation process of evidential information in causal reasoning
Jun Gao

12:50-1:30  PM

Evaluation of Audience Presence and Reactions on Performance in a Virtual Gaming Environment
Nathan Weber, Makenzie Heatherly, Adam Abdallah, & Mychal Machado
Delay Discounting, Impulsivity, and Impatience in Rats
Janelle E. LaPlante and Corey M. Boiko.
1:40-2:20 PM
Attitudes Regarding Harm-Reduction and Abstinence-Only Treatment Methods for Alcohol Misuse in American Indian and Alaska Native College Students
Amber Schmidt
Evaluation of a Specialized Font for Use with Individuals Diagnosed with Dyslexia
Leonard Hall, Christina Elmore, Bethany Munden, and Mychal Machado

About The Behavioral Science Conference of the North (BSCN)

The Behavioral Science Conference of the North (BSCN) is an annual research conference hosted collaboratively by the UAA Psychology department and student clubs for over thirty years. This student-led, student-focused conference promotes scholarly research and professional development in the fields of Psychology, Behavioral Science, and Human Services across the UA system.

BSCN provides students with an opportunity to present research posters and oral research presentations, which allows the students to share their research findings with peers, community members, and professionals, receive feedback, improve their research and public speaking skills, and prepare to become professionals in their fields. BSCN also showcases local and nationally recognized professionals, who are recruited to present on topics in Psychology and behavioral sciences of interest to professionals and students as well as community members. These talks help foster an academic community in Anchorage, and all of Alaska and are inspirational for students, faculty, and community members alike.  The BSCN provides opportunities for community members, including professionals and potential employers of UAA graduates, and students and faculty members across several UAA programs to learn about and discuss research findings that have practical implications.