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Student Research Projects

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Students become engaged in research in the psychology department in many different ways ranging small group projects in research seminar to independent research projects working directly with a faculty member. Here are a few recent titles of projects conducted in the department.

Honors in the Major

The effects of uncertainty on interpersonal relations in terms of prolonged satisfaction ratings (Allyshia Babbitt)

Music, well-being, and religiosity (Julie Recher)

Independent Study

Facial emotion and attractiveness (Paige Arrington)

Synesthesia: A play on the senses (Lizzy Proctor)

Examining the effect of openness to experience on the stereotyping and treatment of ex-convicts (Chava Urecki)

Individual preferences for uncertainty: An ironically pleasurable stimulus (Michael Bankert)

The effects of uncertainty on interpersonal relations in terms of prolonged satisfaction ratings (Allyshia Babbitt)

Research Practicum

Examining perceived object rotation (Alex Arey)

Temporal processing (Karin Lanz, Matt Tripp, & Madison Elliott)

Exploring internal magnitude line (Kain Lanz & Lizzy Proctor)

Attraction and uncertainty: Does mystery make the heart grow fonder? (Virginia Keith)

Examining the effects of complexity on preference for film (Kiel VanNess)

Does personality predict music preference? An examination of the structure of music (Sebastian Pena)

Uncertainty and the Prisoners Dilemma Game (Brooks Hoover)

Individual preferences for uncertainty: An ironically pleasurable stimulus (Michael Bankert)

Examining the effect of openness to experience on the stereotyping and treatment of ex-convicts (Chava Urecki)

Summer Scholar

Music and emotion: Discovering what makes music enjoyable (Samantha Martin)

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program -URAP

Present but unseen: Suppression of visual information (Victoria Godwin) - poster

The impact of technology on cognitive and social skills (Julia Boudrye)

Synchronization Theory and the complexity of music (Elizabeth Hord)

Present but unseen: Suppression of visual information (Charla Henley)

The impact of technology on cognitive and social skills (Amanda Newman)

Research Seminar

Spring 2011
The effect of relationship infidelity on emotional response in men and women (Haley Boone, Christopher Tripp, and  Edward Fitchett)

Understanding facebook jealousy: An interaction of gender and emoticon use (Laura Pope, Molly Howser, Kristen Lipsett, Ian Robinson, and Michael Hudson)

Foreign vs. American accents: Effects on recall and recognition (Laurel Hofrichter, Kara Lissy, Madison Elliott, Nicole Hill and Kate Hubbard)

The effect of imagery encoding on foreign language recall (Elaina Wolfe, Virginia Moore, Alicia Clem, Kelly Patton, and Phillip Brammer)

The effects of uncertainty and resource depletion on willpower (Brooks Hooever, Keithea Williams, and Kaitlyn Graham)

Fall 2010
A day at the movies: A study on time perception (Jenna French, Carey Stevens, Laura Pope, Lizzie Proctor, and Jordan Gholson)

Office space: The suggestibility effect as a function of exposure time and type of recognition test (Samantha Mullen, Stephanie Artrip, Shannon Yopp, and Lauren Morales)

The influence of testing on short-term retention and metacognitive judgments (Carolina Vargas Rende, Geoff Bader, Amy Roberts, and Evelina Pranarova)

The effects of self-esteem and visual priming on willpower (Andi Harper, Jaina Diotalevi, Victoria Ellmore, and Kasey Blackburn)

The effect of media on aggression (Erica Fienman, Sarah Lawler, Jaci Clark, and Janelle Hollister)

Are you in it for the long haul? A study of mate preferences in long-term, short-term, and casual dating relationships (Emily Martin, Katie Malone, Julianna Ferrell, Ian Robinson, and Kristin Lipsett)