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Psychology

The Senior Program

Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

Recent projects in psychology include:

  • Early Infant Stimulation: Using Early Stimulation to Create Less Emotional Adult Rats
  • The Psychology Behind ‘Guilty’ and ‘Not Guilty’: The Decision-making Process of Jurors and Juries During a Trial
  • Leader Selection at a Glance: An Examination of Leader Attributes and Stress Coping in a Naturalistic Setting
  • Reducing Racial Prejudice in a Virtual Environment: A Test of Two Models
  • Knowing What You Know: Age-related Changes in Memory Confidence
  • Modulation of Plus-maze Behavior in Rats by the D2/D3 Dopamine Agonist Quinpirole
  • The Correlation Between Environmental Factors and Eating Disorder Behavior
  • Neurochemical Mechanisms of Drug Addiction: Exploring Commonalities Across Drug Types
  • Increasing the Class Participation and the Initiated Peer Interactions of a Child in First Grade: A Case Study
  • Variables Related to Maternal Behaviors and Childrearing Practices
  • Effect of Self-Awareness on the Social Comparisons of People with Defensive and Secure Self-Esteem
  • Individual Differences in Personality and Social Cognitions
  • Directed Forgetting and the Possible Moderating Role of Concrete vs. Abstract Words
  • Perceptions of Leadership Styles: The Relationship between Gender, Emotional Intelligence, and Management Success
  • The Effect of Private and Public Self-Awareness on Ego Depletion
  • The Divergent Influence of Narcissism and Self-Esteem on the Ratings of Relational Aggression
  • Individual Differences in Need for Cognition and Minority and Majority Influence
  • Contrafreeloading in Rats: The Effects of the Non-sedative GABA Agonist TCS 1105
  • Reading Networks in the Developing Brain: Effects of Phonological Awareness and Socioeconomic Status
  • Stereotype Supression in High versus Low Stigma-Conscious Women Experiencing Stereotype Threat
  • The Difference Between the Left and Right Hands in a Reaching Task
  • Teaching a Kindergartener to Follow Multi-step Directions Using a Sequencing Intervention
  • The Musical Experience: Exploring the Mechanisms and Effects of Musical Motion
  • It Wasn’t My Fault: The Role of Self-Awareness in Rationalization Among People with Defensive and Secure Self-Esteem
  • Hemispheric Specialization of Attentional Processes
  • Operant Conditioning and Imitation in Rats Using a Discrimination Paradigm
  • Increasing Peer Interactions of a 5th Grader Through Social Skills Training: A Case Study
  • Safety Behaviors and Self-Image: Exploring the Multiple Components of Social AnxietySports Anxiety, Motivation, and Performance
  • Communication for All: Enabling Nonverbal Individuals with Autism
  • Resinging in the Brain: Prior Experience with Music Helps the Brain to Predict Forthcoming Words
  • Cracking the Stigma: The Impact of Pro/Antisocial Priming and Prior Knowledge on the Acceptance of Autism
  • First Year Transition To College: The Effects of Athletic Participation on Adjustment
  • Discrepant Self-Esteem, Ego Threat, and Risk-Taking
  • Contingent Self-Esteem, Ego Threat and Risk-Taking Behavior
  • College Students' Perceptions of a Mentally Ill Person with a Controllable versus Uncontrollable Stigma
  • Exploring the Process of Intentional Forgetting with Explicit and Implicit Measures of Memory
  • Socialization Agents' Influence on Children's Consumer Behavior: The Power of Peers in the Digital Age
  • Predicting Successful Transition to College: Gender Differences in Academic and Social Adjustment
  • Race-Based Stigma Consciousness and Academic Disengagement: The Buffering Role of College Mentorship Programs
  • Cyberbullying and Victimization in College Students: The Importance of Parental Relationships
  • Witnesses' Responses to Cyberbullying: The Role of the Cyber-bystander
  • The Effect of Suppressing a Neutral versus Relevant Thought on Self-Esteem: The Role of Individual Differences in Suppression Tendencies
  • Predicting Differences in Self-Determined Motivation in the Athletic Context
  • The iVictim: The Relationship Between Cyber Victimization, Personality Types, and Depressive Symptoms
  • "She Didn't Text Me Back!":  Intent Attributions in Cyber Interactions
  • "Mean Girls": Socially Intelligent and Powerful Adolescents as Social Agents of Relational Aggression
  • The Role of Defensive Self-Esteem in Risk Taking Following Ego ThreatThe Effects of Positive and Negative Mood on Impulsivity in Low-ADHD and High-ADHD College Students
  • The Importance of Mathematical Relationship Formation in Work Problem Solving
  • An Eye-Movement Analysis
  • Gender and Tactile Sensitivity
  • Continuums, Perceptual Contrast and Preschoolers' Understanding of Adjectives 
  • The Effect of Praise for Ability and Praise for Effort on Children's Motivation and Performance 
  • Stress, Glucocorticoids, and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death: Implications for the Aging Brain 
  • The Quest for a Relationship between Temporal Summation and Temporal Acuity in Tactile Information Processing Channels 
  • Attachment and Separation Individuation in the Adolescent Transition to College: A Comparison of Theory and Research 
  • Coping with Negative Self-Referent Thoughts: The Cognitive and Emotional Effects of Suppression and Cognitive Re-appraisal
  • The Psychology of Consumer Behavior
  • The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Caucasian Male College Athletes
  • Music and the Mind: The Relationship between Pre-Reading and Music in Children 
  • The Influence of Motivational State on Task Performance
  • The Implications of Learning Styles in Education
  • The Effects of Self-Objectification on Women's Math and Verbal Performance
  • When Forming an Impression of an Unknown Person, Do We Use Recently Primed Information or Our Own Self-Schemas?
  • Self-evaluation Maintenance and Closeness in Relationships
  • Do Emotions Originate in Self-Evaluation: Examining Self-Discrepancy Theory
  • The Effects of Racial Identification on Peer Judgements of Academic Quality
  • Temperament, Parental Socialization, and Children's Reasons for Altruistic Behavior
  • An Intervention Plan to Promote Responsible Credit Card Use among College Students
  • Cholinergic Treatments of Alzheimer's Disease
     
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