MAILED: June 28, 2000
An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has received national recognition for psychology research he conducted at UW-Eau Claire as part of his senior capstone project.
Tetsuo Yamaguchi, a 1999 psychology graduate, was one of two individuals to receive an award from the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group this year.
The group was formed about 20 years ago to promote human research in the experimental analysis of behavior.
It has sponsored a student paper competition for the past 15 years.
Yamaguchi presented his paper and received his award May 28 at the annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Washington, D.C
"Yamaguchi's research focused on the behavior of groups and their patterns of distribution," said Gregory Madden, assistant professor of psychology.
Madden supervised the research along with Blaine Peden, professor of psychology.
"In the big picture, it studied how people make their decisions and what affects their decision-making processes," Yamaguchi said.
"The results of Yamaguchi's experiments showed that humans follow distribution patterns similar to other animals, grouping themselves according to the resources available to them," Madden said.
"Although undergraduates do not often submit their works to the competition," Madden said he encouraged Yamaguchi to do so.
"I thought he had a good chance of winning. He had very good data and a timely subject matter," he said.
Yamaguchi said the prospect of receiving feedback on his work from experts in the field also encouraged him to submit his paper.
"Editors of major journals review all of the submitted papers before the winners are selected," Madden said
"Typically, the past winners of this award have been graduate students," he said. "I have never heard of an undergraduate winning before."
After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, Yamaguchi returned to Japan.
"Since I am Japanese, I figured it would be good to know how people do things in Japan," he said.
He is currently a graduate student at Osaka City University. He plans to be in Japan for the next two years before returning to the United States to earn his doctoral degree.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 29, 2000