The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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The Stigmatization of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as Influenced by Gender, Evelina Alex
Department: Psychology

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Perceived Discrimination, Social Support, and Group Identification: Predictors of Psychological Well-Being among International Students, Maria Atala
Department: Psychology

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An Analysis of the Ego-Depletion Effects of Emotion Versus Attention Draining Tasks: Even Emotionally Arousing Depletion Tasks Do Not Show an Ego-Depletion Effect, Savannah Binion
Department: Psychology

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Autism Spectrum and Disordered Eating Traits Predicting Cognitive Functioning in a Non-Clinical Sample, Katharina S. Bochtler
Department: Psychology

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Cut the BS: The Harm of Benevolent vs. Hostile Sexism and the Buffering Effect of Gender Group Identification, Madison C. Brown
Department: Psychology

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Romance Versus Friendship: Examining Relationships Using the Investment Model, Angelica Buczkowski
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Motivation and Personality Traits on Adherence to an Injury Rehabilitation Process, Rachel Burger
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Adult Playfulness and Decision-Making, George Burgi
Department: Psychology

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Men Were More Supportive of Male Rape Myths: An Investigation into Stereotypical Gender Role Beliefs and Support Organizations' Preparedness, Emily Colwell
Department: Psychology

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“You like Me, Aren’t We Friends?”: Exploring the Relationship Between Resource Control Strategies and Friendship, Martinique Eaddie
Department: Psychology

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Past Determines Future: The Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Individuals’ Adherence & Compliance and its Variance Amongst Athletic Identity, Chevy Echols
Department: Psychology

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The Role of Traditional and Western Healing Practices on the Well-being of Diné People, Sierra Elrod
Department: Psychology

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“KASH” Me Outside, How ‘Bout That: Using the LGB-KASH Scale and SDO to Measure Attitudes Toward the LGBTQ+ Community in the United States and Outside in France, Virginia Grohol
Department: Psychology

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The Gender Differences in the Perception of Bullying in College of Wooster Students, Sessi Houessou-Adin
Department: Psychology

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Relationships Between Substance Abuse, Emotional Intelligence, Impulsivity, and Social Support: An Examination of Factors Relating to Addiction, Grant P. Hudson
Department: Psychology

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Examining Relationships Between Personality and Inexperienced Imagery Ability Among Athletes and Non-Athletes, Jamie C. Kenyon
Department: Psychology

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Resilience in STEM Students: An Analysis of the Demographic, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal Predictors of Resilience, Catherine B. Kuzmishin
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Objectification on Varsity Athletes: A Comparison of Its Consequences in Sports with Revealing and Non-Revealing Uniforms, Maggie C. Layde
Department: Psychology

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The Role of Stress on Executive Functioning: Mediating Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation, Georgina M. Legierski
Department: Psychology

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The Impact Message Framing and Construal Level Have on Health Decisions, Taylor Mathews
Department: Psychology

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An Examination of the Relationship between Perceptions of Campus Climate and Academic Competence, Cheyenne McQueen
Department: Psychology

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Too Many Fish on Facebook? A Mediation Analysis of Social Media Use Effects on Social Comparison and Commitment in Modern Romantic Relationships, Emily S. Neill
Department: Psychology

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A Matter of Time and Bonding: The Development of Affect-, Cognition-Based Trust, and Cooperation in Virtual Teams, Chuc-Anh (Nora) T. Nguyen
Department: Psychology

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Case In Pointe: A Case Study of a Professional Dancer With a Chronic Knee Injury and Their Exemplification of the Parameters of the Self-Determination Theory, Jordan E. Ouellette
Department: Theatre and Dance; Psychology

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Predictors of Cultural Threat in Class Selection, Alexandra K. Pacheco
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Stereotype Threat on Children’s Math Performance: Testing a Novel Drawing Self-Affirmation Intervention, Zoe C. Rankin
Department: Psychology

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Beyond The Breakfast Club: The Influence of Breakfast Type on Cognition, Jillian D. Saccogna
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Stress on Spatial Orientation, Nanak Saran
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Effects of Gender and the Presence of a Weapon on Face Recognition, Dorie Schram
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Humanization and Dehumanization on Attitudes Toward Criminal Reintegration, Sophie A. Schram
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Exposure to Unbalanced Sex Ratios on Perceived Vocal Attractiveness, Taylor N. Sikich
Department: Psychology

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Inclusion (Terms and Conditions Apply): Perceptions of Exclusion in the LGBTQ+ Community, Aaron J. Sterling
Department: Psychology

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Get Your Head in the Game: The Effect of Mindsets on Athletic Performance and Persistence, Ari Stern
Department: Psychology

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Food for Thought: The Effects of Past and Present Food Insecurity on Subjective Well-Being and Child Behavior, Jena C. Styka
Department: Psychology

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Attitudes of College Students and Teachers on the School Inclusion of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Minerva Vidaurrazaga Serrano
Department: Psychology

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Observing N400 Amplitude Differences in the Bilingual Brain through Semantic Processing of Negative and Neutral Words, Elise Waltzer
Department: Psychology

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Attachment Style and Romantic Satisfaction as Predictors of Relationship Visibility on Facebook, Amanda I. Wells
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The Modulatory Influence of Interventions on Empathic Neural Responses to Pain for Christian and Muslim Faces, Makenzie Adkins
Department: Psychology

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Empathy and Similarity-Attraction Within a Group Setting, Sarah C. Bacon Ehlers
Department: Psychology

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Food, Media and Body Image: On how food and body type influences internalization and resulting viewer Body Dissatisfaction, Nichapar Boonparlit
Department: Psychology

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The Efficacy of a Reading Pull-out Intervention on Student’s Rate of Improvement and Positive Reading Attitude, Rylee R. Bouillion
Department: Education; Psychology

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Effects of Video Games on Group Perception and Prejudice Reduction, Linea K. Brouse
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Performers' Facial Expressions on Emotion Perception in Music, Rachel Castle
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Parental Conflict and Divorce on Attachment Security and Perception of Couples on College Students, Elizabeth Clark
Department: Psychology

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Coercive Sexual Encounters: Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Emotional Response, Olivia Cretella
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Dark Triad Scores and Drinking Behaviors, Drug Use, Sexual Activity, and Co-Curricular Involvement in College Students, Kathleen C. Gale
Department: Psychology

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Video Games, Starting Age, and Executive Function, Aubrey A. Gealy
Department: Psychology

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Scarcity and Decision Making: The Cognitive Effects Poverty has on Food Choice Behavior, Irene M. Goldsmith
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Treadmill Running on ADHD-like Behaviors in Adolescent Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Jamie Hibbs
Department: Psychology

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Inquiries into the Psychological Mechanisms of Small Money Political Donations, Ben Hopper
Department: Psychology

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Can Burnout, Conservation of Resources Theory, and Basic Psychological Needs Theory predict Academic Success?, James J. Kocab
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Adolescent Bullying on Adult Mental Health, Stephenie N. Little
Department: Psychology

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Rethinking Recovery: Women’s Experiences of Self-Efficacy in Court-Sanctioned Chemical Dependency Treatment, Sarah Onyx E. Marosi
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Keeping Your Head in the Game: Examining Cognitive Recovery from the Effects of Physical and Mental Fatigue in Athletes, Zachary H. Mastrich
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Income on American MTURK Workers Consumer Styles Inventory Orientations, Andrew R. Merriam
Department: Psychology

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Competitive Victimhood in an Academic Setting, Eli Millette
Department: Psychology

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex Positivity and Message Framing Among Young Women, Sophie Nathanson
Department: Psychology

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The Mentality of Strength: A Study on the Effects of Grit, Self-Control, and Conscientiousness on Rate of Progress in Powerlifting, Robert L. Park
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions on Life Skills Performance in the Context of Poverty, Phuong Nhu Pham
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Ambivalence, and Relationship Outcomes within Romantic Partnerships, Victoria J. Schriber
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Teaching Methods on Children’s Concept of Living Things, Lydia E. Schwartz
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Confidence and Doubt on The Effect of Social Pressure, Larissa Severns
Department: Psychology

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It Is Not About How Much You Pay, But How You Pay It: The Motivational Effects of Compensation on Worker Effort Using Self-Determination Theory, Unnati Singhania
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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Attitudes Toward the Police, Danielle Marie Slichenmyer
Department: Psychology

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Stereotype Threat as a Mechanism by Which Intelligence-Based Tasks Impair Black Children’s Performance, Jason E. Solinsky
Department: Psychology

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Passion or Fashion? The Exploration of Social Activist Tendencies on College Campuses Through Self Determination Theory, Robert J. Tudisco
Department: Psychology

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Classroom Anxiety and Academic Achievement in Immigrant and International Students, Nancy C. Valverde
Department: Psychology

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Language, Age, and Problem Solving, Savanah R. White
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Functionality and Appearance Focused Images of Thin and Fuller-Figure Models on State Body Appreciation, Gina B. Williamson
Department: Psychology

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Persuasion by Racial Minority Sources: The Role of Gendered Stereotypes, Siyan Zhou
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Just Keep Moving: Examining the Relationship Between the Self-Determination Theory and Transtheoretical Model in Relation to Exercise Behavior, Masha M. Berman
Department: Psychology

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Faulty Product Predictions: Exploring Affective Misforecasting in Relation to Future versus Current Advertising, Daniel K. Boyce
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Peers Regarding Gender Stereotyped Toys and Behavior In Nursery School Children, Sarah Cali
Department: Psychology

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The Moderating Effect of Anxiety on Grit Predicting Performance, Sharmeen Chinoy
Department: Psychology

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The Efficacy of the Stepping Stones Social Skills Development Program, Dov M. Cohen
Department: Psychology

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I've Earned It: An Attentional Shift to Rewards Following Self-Regulation, Jennifer Filak
Department: Psychology

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Mental Toughness in the Workplace: An Examination of Athletes and Performers, Nicholas M. Flannery
Department: Psychology

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The Happiness Regime: A Feminist Critique of Positive Psychology, Sarah R. Freeman
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Improving Oral Health Behaviors: Effects of Personality, Message Framing, and Self-Regulating Strategies, Samantha J. Gaeta
Department: Psychology

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Learned Resilience: A Cognitive Attribution Approach to the Development of Resilience, Anjela J. Galimberti
Department: Psychology

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We are PBS Kids: Influence of Educational Programming and Parental Involvement on Children's Desire to Learn, Julia A. Garcia
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Role of Personality and Parenting Styles on Risky Sexual Behavior, Rozalyn C. Gordon
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Voluntary Exercise and Omega-3 Supplementation on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Haylie M. Honn
Department: Psychology

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Who is the Head Teacher? A Study of Social Influence Among Authority Figures and Peers Across Development, Carly A. Joliat
Department: Psychology

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Attachment, Trust, and Satisfaction: A Study of the Physical Therapist-Patient Relationship and Adherence to Rehabilitation Exercises, Isata M. Kamara
Department: Psychology

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All is Fair in Love and Work: A Comparison of Job Search and Dating Websites, Jonathan R. Katz
Department: Psychology

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The Psychology of Eating Meat: The Influence of Values and Cognitive Dissonance on Attitudes Towards Eating Animals, Anna Kruse
Department: Psychology

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Face Perception in Art, Breanna H. Labos
Department: Psychology

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Digit ratio (2D:4D) as an Indicator of Physical Fitness and Athletic Ability, Allan Latsch
Department: Psychology

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The Role of TREM2 on Microglial Morphology and Synaptic Pruning in the Developing Brain of TREM2 Deficient Mice, William Walker V. Maghie
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Testosterone and Sport Participation On Aggression in Daily Life, Matthew E. Margida
Department: Psychology

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Families That Eat Together: An Examination of Factors Influencing Parents’ Family Meal Behaviors, Emma W. Nathanson
Department: Psychology

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Bullying: Predicting, Intervening, and Educating, Hannah K C Niedermaier
Department: Education; Psychology

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Zero-tolerance or Intolerance: A Critical Examination of the Influence of School Policies on Student Perceptions and Aspirations in Public Schools, Hunter E. Ramsay-Smith
Department: Psychology

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But You're So Americanized!: Remote Acculturation and its Psychosocial Effects on International Students in the U.S., Ananya Shrestha
Department: Psychology

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Acoustic Quieting Provided by Plants and its Effect on Stress, Bryan Smith
Department: Psychology

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The Investigation of Concurrent Validity of the Baby SPEAK Measure and Parental Knowledge of Early Language Development, Lena Grace Smith
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Prejudice and Perceptual Face Processing, Gillian Spangler
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Self-Concept Clarity and Empathy on Social Justice Concern, Grace Sparks
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Attachment Style on Auditory Looming Perception, Kristyn M. Swanson
Department: Psychology