Students explore effects of coffee

SOCKS and jocks – they are not just unimaginative Christmas presents.

Southern Cross University Psychology honours student Graeme Hacker has chosen them as the basis for his fourth year research project, titled Socks and Jocks: Visual sex discriminations are affected by olfactory sex cues.

Graeme was one of 17 fourth-year honours students who presented their topics at the annual SCU Psychology Research Conference at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

While sex is always a surefire way to attract attention, even with socks and jocks, a number of honours students turned their coffee cups into research gold with four exploring the effects of this popular legal drug.

Hellena Szabo-Chaffe, Diana Nastaly, Lauren Roche and Tessalee Park are all studying the effects of caffeine or caffeine deprivation on memory, attention, visual and spatial memory and time perception.

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