University of Arkansas at Monticello psychology students Emily Ellington (left) of Jerome and Amanda Huddleston of Star City recently presented their original research project at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Fort Worth, Tex.  Ellington and Huddleston conducted the study under the supervision of Dr. Rick Clubb, a professor of psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The project examined the perception of the attractiveness of females described as athletic compared to those described as non-athletic. The study found that students typically rated a person as being more attractive if that individual was described as being athletic.

Clubb said the paper received very good reviews and attention.

“The students were especially happy to have had the opportunity to speak with an expert on this topic that the two had quoted in their paper,” he said.  “The students’ overall experience was most rewarding. In fact several representatives from various graduate programs encouraged the students to contact them about their graduate programs.”