Thank you for your interest in the Kwantlen Psychology Student Journal (KPSJ). This journal began with the idea of showcasing the exceptional work of psychology undergraduates at KPU and, in the process, providing students with valuable experience as editors, reviewers, and authors. This publication is the culmination of countless hours of work by our dedicated student and faculty KPSJ team, and of course the rigorous scholarly work of the student authors.
In this inaugural issue of KPSJ you will find outstanding work on a variety of topics, including cognition, sexuality, persuasion, and motivation. In addition to four empirical honours projects, there is a critical review paper and a paper presenting an application of theory and research. All papers published in KPSJ have undergone peer review, in most cases by a student and a faculty member of the editorial team. All research involving human participants has approval from KPU’s Research Ethics Board. Of course, instructors and faculty supervisors play a vital role in the work of the students. Whereas honours supervisors are included as authors, we have opted to give acknowledgements to instructors for their important contributions. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge receipt of an Open Educational Resources Grant from KPU, and express our appreciation to Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani for encouraging and supporting our application.
We are excited to bring you the work of these promising young scholars. Many intend to pursue further study in psychology, so you may be reading the early work of tomorrow’s leading scholars and practitioners. If you are a student, we hope you will be inspired to follow their lead, and submit your work for publication in future issues of KPSJ.
Please enjoy this issue of KPSJ!
Arleigh J Reichl