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 2014

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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

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Bad Kids These Days: Behavior Modification and Parental Perceptions of Children With Behavioral Disorders, Abena Boamah-Acheampong
Department: Psychology

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Drug Abuse Explored in Mice: Tolerance and Cross-Tolerance in Nicotine and Ethanol Using Siegel's Model, Hope Brill
Department: Psychology

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The Roles of Individual Personality and Statewide Personality on Individual Corporal Punishment Beliefs, Katherine E. Darling
Department: Psychology

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Monkey See Monkey Do: Imitation and Tool Use in Cebus Apella Monkeys, Human Children, and Infants, Anna Divis
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Head Motion on Mood, Life Satisfaction, and Future Expectations, Abigail Douglas
Department: Psychology

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Can Incentive Influence Susceptibility to Inattentional Blindness?, Tristan D. Fava
Department: Psychology

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Increasing the Salience of Inadmissible Evidence to Decrease Its Effect on Juror Judgments, Brandon Fay
Department: Psychology

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Blaming Victims: the Effects of Sexual Orientation, Provocation, and Gender on Perceptions of Domestic Violence, Gillian Fiske
Department: Psychology

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I Have to Own That! Exploring the Relationship Between Impulsivity and Internet Shopping Behavior, Amanda Leigh Gittleson
Department: Psychology

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Go Greek or Go Home: Investigating Greek Versus Non-Greek Perceptions of Fairness, Devin B. Grandi
Department: Psychology

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Effective Pain Management in the Reduction of Addictive Behaviors: A Review of Greek Theories with Modern Implication, Grace Hamilton
Department: Classical Studies; Psychology

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The Effects of Trait-Anxiety on Young Children's Facial and Vocal Emotion Recognition and Attention, Sarah Marie Huttie
Department: Psychology

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You'll Only Date Who? The Effects of Race and Racial Preference in Dating on Perceptions of Prejudice, Gabriela I. Jaramillo
Department: Psychology

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The Interaction Between the Physical Environment and Metaphysical States: the Role of Social Anxiety and Stress in Informing Spatial Perception, Emily Koelmel
Department: Psychology

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The Connections Among Contagious Yawning, Attachment, and Empathy in Dogs (Canis Familiaris), Steven C. Kyle
Department: Psychology

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Temporal Processing Across Geographic Regions: How Different Regions in the United States Perceive Punctuality, Katherine A. Laubacher
Department: Psychology

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Personality As a Predictor of the Quality of Online Friendships, Ashleigh Luttery
Department: Psychology

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Does Auditory Perception Help Maintain Safety?: An Examination of the Relationship Between Auditory Perception and Injury Risk, Christen Maguire
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Context on the Evaluation of Obese Vs. Average-Weight Children As a Function of Antifat Attitude, Stephanie McShane
Department: Psychology

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What Really Matters? Predicting Latino Academic Achievement From Parenting, Self Efficacy, Stress, Number of Successful Relatives, and Demographic Variables, Adolfo Mejia
Department: Psychology

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Say What? The Use of Age As An Identifier on the Auditory Stroop Effect, Sarah Mitchell
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Presentation and Individual Differences on Narrative Engagement, Joseph Morgan
Department: Psychology

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Prism Adaptation and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Anne O'Malley
Department: Psychology

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Biological Sex Differences in Attraction and Proof of Worth, Ethan O'Neal
Department: Psychology

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Group Interactions of Ostracized People, Nathaniel Dejarnett Partee
Department: Psychology

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Coaching Behaviors' Effects on Athletes' Anxiety, Malcolm Perry
Department: Psychology

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Stereotypes About Parents in the Workplace: Bringing Kids to Work and the Effects on Person Perception, Nicole Sager
Department: Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology

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Forgiveness and Resentment: A Study in Philosophy and Psychology, Katherine Kay Schiller
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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The Real Face of Mental Illness: The Effects of Messaging on Attitudes Towards People with Severe Mental Illness, Kelsey J. Schulman
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Modesty and Gender on the Perception of Attractive and Unattractive Individuals, Amanda Weeks
Department: Psychology

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Insults to Significant Others, Elaine Wilcox-Cook
Department: Psychology

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Exercise Intention and Motivation: Intrapersonal Relationships, Feedback, and Personality, Kendal Wong
Department: Mathematics; Psychology

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Athletes' Self and Metaperceptions of the Coach-Athlete Relationship and Its Impact on Athletes, Hannah K. Woodske
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Personality Determinants of Political Orientation and Nation-State Political Systems, Erik Beuck
Department: Psychology

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Clinical Predictors of Neuropsychological Outcomes in Persons With Moderate-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in An Outpatient Rehabilitation Setting, Madison Jane Carey
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Athletic Media Images on Women's Body Dissatisfaction and Drive For Muscularity, Gwen Davis
Department: Psychology

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Pornographic Influence: Men's Perception of Women and Their Relationship Reflections, Caroline B. Denzer
Department: Psychology

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How We Seem "To Be": English- and Spanish-Speaking Children's Susceptibility to the Fundamental Attribution Error and Actor-Observer Bias, Mary E. Dixon
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Power and Accountability on Cognitive Performance, Abigail J. FitzSimons
Department: Psychology

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Testing the Limited Resource Model and Its Effect on Task Performance in Tufted Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus Apella), Courtney Chase Foster
Department: Psychology

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Gender Differences on a Change Blindness Task, Rebecca Furspan
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Language of Origin on Improvisational Jazz, Harrison Goldberg
Department: Psychology

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Mere Presence of Opposite-Sex Others on Judgments of Sexual and Romantic Desirability: Opposite Effects For Men and Women, Mate Selection: Hill and Buss (2008) - Revisited, Devon Grennell
Department: Psychology

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Comparing Success and Satisfaction of Black and White Students Attending Predominantly White Institutions, Carmen Guess
Department: Psychology

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Male Objectification and Consumer Behavior: The Effect of Objectified Media Images on Male Consumer Behavior, Sarah Hawke
Department: Psychology

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How Interactivity in Video Games Affects the Perception of Timed Durations, James A. Hoag
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Clothing, Body-Type, Perceived Athleticism, & Perceived GPA on Impression Formation of Athletes and Non-Athlete, Ibrahim Ibrahim
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Reading Fairy Tales on Moral Reasoning in Pre-School Children, Jessica J. Jackson
Department: Psychology

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Peer Attachment and Its Role on a Child's Cognitive Abilities, Kelsey Johnson
Department: Psychology

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Context Dependent Effects of Educational Video Games in the Classroom, Kathryn A. Kirkpatrick
Department: Psychology

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Climate Change in the Media: Collective Guilt and Behavioral Effects of News Reports and Environmental Identity, Amanda Koehn
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Distraction and Warnings on Pain Perception, Nadia Maharaj
Department: Psychology

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We Are Innocent Victims of Our Mind's Manipulations: on the Effects of Choice Blindness For Eyewitness Identification, Heather M. McPherson
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Parenting Style and Child Temperament on Moral Reasoning in Preschool Children, Ally Monheim
Department: Psychology

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Disaster Strikes: Perceived Effects of Hurricane Katrina on the People of New Orleans, Megan Aleece Mudersbach
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Extraversion and Pain on Risk Taking in Male College Students, Adam Muller
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Closing Arguments and Adult Age on False Memory and Jury Verdicts in a Simulated Trial Setting, Shannon O'Neill
Department: Psychology

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Affective Priming on Micro-Expression Recognition, Adam Saad
Department: Psychology

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Internalization Measures Not Influenced By Media Image Presentation: An Examination of Female Athletes and Non-Athletes, Meredith Shaul
Department: Communication; Psychology

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Bilingualism and Social Cognitive Development: the Effect of Dual-Language Acquisition on Nonverbal Communication, Melanie Elizabeth Ordinario Weil
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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The Effects of Stereotype Threat and Cognitive Load on Math Performance in Women, Hannah Ackerman
Department: Psychology

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Is This a Set?: the Relationship Between Creative Thinking and Playing a Visual Perception Card Game, Mara Bartlett Asenjo
Department: Psychology

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Can Work Be Fun? the Effects of Feedback and Need For Cognition on the Achievement of a Flow State, Casey Biggs
Department: Psychology

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Domain Specific But Structurally Shared: Exploring the Syntactic Processing of Music and Language in the Brain, Sarah Ciriegio
Department: Psychology

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Gender Differences in Auditory and Visual Spatial Memory, Matthew Copple
Department: Psychology

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Too Far Gone: Abstract Films, Intelegence, Sensation Seeking and the Need For Cognition, Michael C. Corby
Department: Psychology

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Would You Vote For a Woman? a Study Looking at Gender Identity and Party Politics in America, Arielle Lauren Einstein
Department: Psychology