Research conducted in virtual reality on MSUM’s Second Life virtual campus has resulted in a number of student research presentations. Kelsey Johnson, Psychology, will present the results of her study, Virtual Sexual Aggression: The Real Life Correlates of BDSM and Rape Simulations in Second Life, as a poster at both the MSUM Academic Conference and at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) in Chicago in May. Ethan Dahl and Casey Lloyd (both Psychology) presented a poster reporting the results of their research, Music’s Effects on Helping Behavior in Second Life: An Exploration of Inter – Reality, at the recent Tri-College Red River Psychology Conference. They will also present their research at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology
Conference at Carleton College later in April, as well as at the 20th Annual National Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLA in May. These students were all supervised by Richard Kolotkin, Psychology, and all research was conducted in the Virtual Studies Institute lab, which Kolotkin maintains in the MSUM Psychology Department.