Student Research

Selected Projects: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

A number of seniors engaged in research projects with psychology faculty. They investigated topics such as attention, memory, social cognition, and sleep.

  • Carrie Pomainville - The Effect of Frustration on Children’s Food Selection in the Presence of Healthy Environmental CuesAdvisor: Helana Girgis
  • Alycia Nicholson, Elina Breton, and Sejla Palic - Characterization of Motor and Cognitive Deficits of the Valproic Acid Rat Model of AutismAdvisors: Bill DeCoteau and Adam Fox
  • Sumra Sikandar, Meaghan Demers-Peel, and Brett Barnes - Assessing Temporal Processing and Impulsive Choice in an Animal Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder - Advisors: Bill DeCoteau and Adam Fox
  • Alea Robinson, Emma Morgan, and Cole Poulin - Assessment of Social and Anxiety Behaviors in the Valproic Acid Rat Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder - Advisors: Bill DeCoteau and Adam Fox
  • Hallie Young - Harnessing Jurors’ Good Intentions: Instructions to Disregard Inadmissible EvidenceAdvisors: Cathy Crosby and Mark Oakes
  • Sarah Evarts - Erase It from Your Minds: Factors Affecting Jurors’ Ability to Follow a Judge’s Instruction to Disregard EvidenceAdvisors: Cathy Crosby and Mark Oakes
  • Carlene Fontanez-Lutsky - Disentangling Motor-Induced Remembering: Approach/Avoidance or Self Referential Processing? – Advisors: Mark Oakes and Serge Onyper
  • Alexis Bruno - Memory Advantage Observed with Movement Towards One’s SelfieAdvisors: Mark Oakes and Serge Onyper
  • Michael Lengieza - On the Lookout for Negativity: Defensive SelfEsteem and the Perception of RejectionAdvisor: Mark Oakes; Research Assistants: Nicole Syrotiak, Abigail Bourcy, Peter Suddaby, Justin Brackett, Meghan McKelvey
  • Sarah Heywood, Shayna Davner, Rachel Snitzer, Hunter Hitchman, Kaleb Faison, & Anna Carpenter - Defensive Self-Esteem and Victim BlamingAdvisor: Mark Oakes
  • Justina Bagger50 Shades of Trump: A correlational investigation of the effects of divisive political rhetoric on well-being and moodAdvisor: Serge Onyper
  • Nicholas Leach50 shades darker: Experimental study of the effects of divisive political rhetoric on well-being and mood – Advisor: Serge Onyper

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

  • Ashley McDuffee - Attitudes Toward the Mentally Ill: Stereotypes and Stigma - Advisor: Mark Oakes
  • John Roman - Gender Role and Leadership Role conflict - Advisor: Thomas Greene
  • Sarah Yancey Implementing a Character Strengths Intervention Targeted at Improving Eating Behaviors - Advisor: Cheryl Stuntz
  • Laura Goldhar, Rebecca Briggs, Joseph Licata, Alondra Martinez, Emma Morgan, Elizabeth Ridgway, Depika Singha, and Emma Visser - Effects of Prelimbic, Infralimbic, and Anterior Cingulate Cortex Lesions on Time Perception in Rats - Advisor: Adam Fox and Bill DeCoteau
  • Joseph Licata, Laura Goldhar, Rebecca Briggs, Elizabeth Ridgway, Emma Morgan, Emma Visser, Alondra Martinez, Depika SinghaPotential Effects of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on Learning and Behavior in the VPA Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder - Advisors: Adam Fox and Bill DeCoteau
  • Allison ShermanFunctional Analysis of Pawing in Horses - Advisor: Adam Fox
  • Kalin LongThe Influence of Physicality on Psychological Distance and Memory - Advisor: Mark Oakes
  • Joseph Parise A Study of the Vertical World - Advisor: Bill DeCoteau
  • Yichi ZhangCall Me “Wob”: An Empirical Test of the Direct Reference and the Description Theory of NamesAdvisor: Serge Onyper
  • Anna CarpenterResponse to Ego Threats: Victim Blaming in Individuals with Defensive Self-Esteem - Advisor: Mark Oakes
  • Megan De Luca Attitudes toward Sexual Assault: Investigating the Influence of Title IX Training on Victim Blame - Advisor: Mark Oakes
  • Rose Dowley and Bailey O'KeeffePosted, Uploaded, and Tweeted: Examining the Credibility of Social Media as a Source of News - Advisors: Serge Onyper and Mark Oakes
  • Shelby Hang - Comparing the Restorative Effects of Fire and Water - Advisor: Thomas Greene
  • Nicole Jewett and McKenzie Goodwin Extending Motor-Induced Memory Effects: Examining How Flexion and Extension Movements Impact Intentional Memory - Advisor: Mark Oakes
  • Depika Singha, Mirta Mikac, and Julia Carson -The Secret Behind Remembering: Effects of Changes in Cortisol on True and False Memories for Emotional Words - Advisors: Serge Onyper and Loraina Ghiraldi
  • Isabelle MunroThe Effect of Voice Pitch on Memory - Advisor: Serge Onyper