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 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

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Drama in the Work Place: Examining Predictors of Behavioral Work Outcomes Among College Level Student Employees, Julio A. Torres
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Relationship Length on Empathy toward a Victim of Sexual Assault Using Benevolent Sexist Ideology as an Explanatory Variable, Darleny Urena
Department: Psychology

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Parent Role Construction, Stress, and Support in Children’s Standardized Testing, Heather M. Whitlock-Williams
Department: Psychology

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The Dispositional and Situational Influences of Empathy, Anger and Aggression, Tawanna Williams
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Smelling Personalities: Preferential Personality Traits Associated With Body Odor, Emily S. Alltop
Department: Psychology

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Sexism, Masculinity, and Entitlement as Predictors of Rape Culture Support, and the Role of Empathy as a Possible Explanation, Michelle L. Baker
Department: Psychology

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And How Does That Make You Feel?: Moderating Effects of Personality on Auditory Dissonance and Emotional Reaction, Charlotte Baxter
Department: Psychology

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Attachment and Emotions in Relation to Ideas and Concepts: A Psychological Study and Philosophical Inquiry, Bryce C. Benefield
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Sleep Behavior: Exploring Personality as a Moderator, Alisha R. Bhatia
Department: Psychology

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Objectification vs. Subjectification: Effects of Priming Sexual Objectification, Body Competence, or Social Competence on Cognitive Function in Women, Fiona J. Brown
Department: Psychology

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Persuasiveness of Typefaces: How Non-Verbal Factors Impact the Effectiveness of Emotional and Rational Advertisements, Arielle Nicole Cerini
Department: Psychology

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Latino Students: The Relationship between Ethnic Identity and Attachment with Peers, Self-Efficacy, and Purpose in Life, Crystal Chavez
Department: Psychology

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Can Social Media Patterns be used as a Clinical Predictor of Social Anxiety, Luke J. Collier
Department: Psychology

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The Personality of a Drug User: Personality's Effect on Perception of Anti-Drug Campaigns, Colleen P. Compliment
Department: Psychology

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An Analysis of the Effects of Father Attachment on Sex, Love, Adult Attachment, and Hostility, Mitchell Czerniak
Department: Psychology

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Should I Gamble in my Foreign Language? An Investigation of Language Effect on Decision Making Process, Dang Khoa Ngoc Dao
Department: International Relations; Psychology

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Influence of Main Caregiver-Child Attachment, Perceived Teacher Acceptance, and School Attitude on the Academic Performance of Middle-Childhood Children in Southwest China, Kuo Deng
Department: Psychology

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Cultural and Communicative Competency in a Second Language, Rachel A. Dietz
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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Enclothed Cognition and the Auditory Looming Bias: Connecting and Expanding Upon Research Within Two Branches of Psychology, Corwin D. Ensz
Department: Psychology

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Freedom isn’t Free: The Role of Political Orientation and Authoritarianism in Predicting Citizen’s Vaccination Attitudes, Michael E. Evans
Department: Psychology

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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Art Therapy for Patients with Cancer: Review of Art Therapy, Jessica D. Friesen
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Victim Attributes on Adolescents' Attitudes Towards Bullying, Gretchen Heideloff
Department: Psychology

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Women’s Menstrual Cycle, Buying Behaviours and Personality, Kanika Issar
Department: Psychology

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"Black is Beautiful": The Effect of Skin Color Bias on Perceptions of Attractiveness and Likability for African Americans, Maya C. Jones
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of News on Implicit Racial Prejudice, Gabriel M. Joseph
Department: Psychology

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Designing Messages to Promote Belief Change: Dispelling Myths in Human Trafficking, Rachel M. Korest
Department: Psychology

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Color Exposure and its Effects on the Human Visual System, Draye Luton
Department: Psychology

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Muttiple Shelter Enrichment Methods: a Study of the Effect of Petting or Walking on the Canine Stress Response, Lauren MacDonald
Department: Biology; Psychology

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Selling the Pill: Elaboration Likelihood Model and Hormonal Birth Control Messages, Sasha D. Maharaj
Department: Communication; Psychology

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"My Own Kind of Beautiful": The Influence of Media, Beauty Ideals, and Ethnic Identity on Body Image, Allison M. Nickert
Department: Psychology

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Donate, Everybody's Doing It: Social Influences on Charitable Giving, Anne Partika
Department: Psychology

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Thrills and Chills: Studying the Emotional and Physiological Responses of Listening to Pleasant and Unpleasant Music, Christopher Scimecca
Department: Psychology

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An Exploration of the Relationship between Personality and Play Behaviors in Captive Red Ruffed Lemurs (Varecia variegata rubra), McKenzie G. Witzke
Department: Biology; Psychology

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The Therapeutic Effects of Environmental and Physical Enrichment on Motor Behavior Function in a Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease, Rachel A. Wortman
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology; Biology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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Relationship Status, 2D: 4D Ratio and the Prediction of Risky Behavior Among College Students, Mariah N. Alderman
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Human Facial Expression on Task Performance, Aurielle Baker-Coleman
Department: Psychology

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Beauty is in the "I" of the Beholder: An Analysis of the Effects of the Internalization of Media's Ideals on Body Image, Catherine A. Benton
Department: Psychology

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Propelling Them to Greatness? Helicopter Parenting Effects on First Year College Students, Ann Berkow
Department: Psychology

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Jury Perceptions of Neuroscience versus Psychological Explanations of the Other Race Effect, Christopher E. Bope
Department: Psychology; Neuroscience

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Being Part of the Game: The Effects of Presence Inducing Stimuli in Video Games on Focused Attention, Connor Brown
Department: Psychology

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Close to Home: How a Rural Community Relates to College Decisions in High School Students, Sara L. Carpenter
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Need for Cognition and Camera Angle, Emily B. Chormann
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Stress on Eating and the Moderating Role of Mindfulness, Chelsea Denlinger
Department: Psychology

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Power Posing in Space: How Posture and Space Interact to Influence Power and Abstract Thinking, Adam Donnelly
Department: Psychology

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Transmediation and Technology in an Urban Calssroom Setting, Alexander J. Dorman
Department: Psychology

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Only YOU can Prevent Unsustainable Consumption: The Influence of Advertisement Appeals on Sustainable Consumerism, Erin F. Flannelly
Department: Psychology

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Picture Books Worth a Thousand Words: A Narrative Analysis of Original and Re-Told Stories, Elise W. Gifford
Department: Psychology

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Let the Outside In: A Case for Biophilic Architecture, Benjamin Glor
Department: Psychology

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Empathy and Aggression: Exploring Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Aggressive Video and Text, Christine E. Goglia
Department: Psychology

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Nurturing a Love for Nature: An Investigation of Parental Influence on Children’s Environmental Concern, Emily R. Grover
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Exercise on Depression in Adolescents, Adam H. Hansell
Department: Psychology

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Music Genres and Their Effects on Taste Perception, Brandon J. Henshaw
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Literacy Self-Efficacy of Parents and Children in Kindergarten through Third Grade, Catherine E. Herst
Department: Education; Psychology

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Empathizing with The Shadows: How Empathy Attitudes and Race Affect Social Welfare, Tracy R. Jackson
Department: Psychology

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Psychological Mechanisms of Risk Compensation in the Context of Physical Risk Taking Behaviors, Dylan C. Jurcik
Department: Psychology

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Detecting Major and Minor Keys in the Faces of Singers: The Importance of Facial Expression in Communicating Emotion in Music, Adam Joseph Kropf
Department: Psychology

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Why Should I Run to Prevent Cancer? The Contributions of Perceived Similarity, Empathic Concern, and Relevance of Effort to the Martyrdom Effect, Khoa D. Le Nguyen
Department: Psychology

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Absentminded or Attentive: The Effect of Letter Case on Memory After an Interruption Applied to Patient Safety, Hannah I. Levin
Department: Psychology

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Multicultural Attitudes towards People with Mental Disorders, Xin Lv
Department: Psychology

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Personality and the Transformation of Motivation in the Context of P&P Games, Ian F. McCandliss
Department: Psychology

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Differences in the Ways in Which Vogue Communicates Beauty Standards to American and French Women, Natalie D. Minklei
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Psychology

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Reversing the Other Race Effect: The Influence of Emotional Facial Expression and Social Contact on Facial Recognition and Memory, Emily Neuhoff
Department: Psychology

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Beauty is Experienced: Beautiful Objects and the Promise of Happiness, Phu Nguyen Thien
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Validating Biomarkers for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Toward Improving Specificity and Selectivity of Cross-Cultural Diagnostics, Jonathan W. Reeves
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Political Consequence and Psychological Mechanisms of Dictatorial Cults of Personality, Wyatt C. Smith
Department: Political Science; Psychology

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"Hooked." An Analysis of the Sexual Double Standard and the Effects of Alcohol on College Campus Heterosexual Casual Sexual Relationships, Alexandria A. Stopka
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and the Big Five Factors of Personality and Effects on Time-on-Task, Lauren M. Thompson
Department: Psychology

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It’s Not What’s on the Outside that Counts: An Examination of the Effects of Media-Portrayed Thin Idealization on Women’s Mental Resources, Brittany L. Wilder
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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BIS/BAS, Need For Cognition, and the Framing Effect: Increasing Intentions to Read Before Class, Olivia Aspiras
Department: Psychology

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The Call of the Wild (And the Caged): The Impact of a Zoo's Exhibition Styles on the Attitudes of Its Human Visitors, Erin S. Behn
Department: Psychology