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March 27, 2019 - Three senior King’s College psychology students presented their research “BAS Reward Responsiveness Moderates the Relation Between Peer Victimization and Aggression in Children,” at a recent Society for Research in Child Development (SCRD) Conference in Baltimore, Md.

The students include two local residents Natasha Tullo (Pittston), and Nathaniel Dyanick (Wilkes-Barre), along with Celyna Jackson (Fort Washington, Md.).  The students worked with Dr. Christopher Aults, assistant professor of psychology, in his Social Development Lab at King’s.

Their presentation resulted from a study of 170 middle school-aged children and found that bullied children who were highly sensitive to positive social reinforcement were more likely to become aggressive toward their peers. The goal of the students was to find the pathways that ultimately lead to aggressive behavior in children.  They hope their research can aid school counselors, teachers, and psychologists who work with children.

SCRD is a membership association that advances developmental science and promotes its use to improve human lives.

Pictured from left are Nathaniel Dyanick, Natasha Tullo, and Celyna Jackson.