April 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College senior, Devin Edds, attended the Great Plain Student Psychology Convention at the University of Nebraska in Kearney. Edds presentation, “The Dark Side of Conscientiousness,” took second place in Undergraduate Empirical Oral Presentations.

Edds's presentation examined the combined effects of conscientiousness and perfectionism on well-being. As the title of the presentation suggests, there can be a down side to conscientiousness.

Dr. Kelli Gardner, associate professor of psychology, wrote, “Generally, conscientiousness is considered a positive trait, and perfectionism is considered a negative trait, but some people are high in both - hence the need for this research.”

Edds writes, "This past year my research project has taught me that the real life process of conducting research in the field of psychology is much more messy and confusing than a textbook could ever teach you, but that it is equally rewarding and powerful to get to create your own study and see your personal ideas coming to life.”

Edds continues, “I found some very interesting things about the connections between the concepts of conscientiousness, perfectionism and well-being that I would love to share with anyone who's got the time to listen."

Gardner continued, “Devin did a wonderful job sharing her project, making me very proud and making Peru State College look good!”

Edds is a psychology major and developed the presentation as part of Honors Psychology 499. HP 499 is an independent study course some students take as part of their Honors Program at Peru State College.

Devin Edds presenting at the conference.

Devin Edds presenting at the conference.


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.