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Citadel News Service
6 Mar 2009

Cadet receives research award at psychology convention

Cadet Bryan Joseph Byler received an undergraduate research award at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) in New Orleans for his research project titled "Testing a Developmental Model of Heroism:  A Preliminary Study.”


The undergraduate research competition was conducted at the annual meeting by Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.  Out of 126 presentations in the convention’s undergraduate research competition, less than 10 were recognized as the most outstanding.

Byler’s research project examined the reasons that children and adolescents name a particular person as their hero or heroine and how those reasons might change with age.  Children were interviewed in local schools. Byler helped develop and establish reliability for a new coding system and apply it to more than 200 verbatim responses given by the participating children interviewed in local schools.

Parents and other family were most often named as heroes, and the fact that the hero took care of people was most often coded as the reason why someone was named, whether that person was related to the student or not.
This is the third consecutive year that Citadel cadets have received one of these research awards at SEPA. Several cadets and graduate students have had the opportunity to participate in significant original research projects that have evolved from the professorship's mission of promoting scholarship on the topic of heroism.

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