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 2011

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What Factors Really Affect Jurors' Decisions: a Mathematical Modeling Approach to a Common Psychological Question, Dustin Eisele
Department: Psychology; Mathematics

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Volunteerism, Food Access, and Community Resilience: a Case Study of a Non-Profit Urban Farming Organization, Sara Falkoff
Department: Psychology

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A Touch of Homophobia, Elijah Franklin
Department: Psychology

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E-Readers Vs. Paper: An Investigation of Cognitive Differences in a College Sample Reading From Popular E-Readers and Paper, Thomas Gable
Department: Psychology

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Experiencing a Narrative: An Empirical Exploration of a Reader's Social Engagement With Text, Sarah Gerlach
Department: English; Psychology

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Comfort of Animals: Effects of An Animal's Presence on Stress, Melanie R. Gillan
Department: Psychology

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Romantic Partner Influence on Body Satisfaction in Undergraduate Females: An Experimental Study of Exposure to Positive and Negative Verbal Commentary, Suzanne Hamby
Department: Psychology

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Racial Paralysis: Responses to Racial Humor in Interracial Context, Somadina Iworisha
Department: Psychology

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Increasing Self-Control in College Students, Gordon S. Lee
Department: Psychology

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Progesterone and Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment Effect on Behavioral Tests in Transgenic Mice, Matthew Patrick McCaslin
Department: Psychology

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The Impacts of Distraction on the White-Coat Hypertension Effect in College Students, Emily Meyer
Department: Psychology

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Adult Attitudes of Shame and Stigma Toward Adolescent Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Victoria Patrello
Department: Psychology

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Exploring the Earworm Phenomenon: a Study of Hooks and Musical Imagery Repetition (Mir), Matthew Pullara
Department: Psychology

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Fear and Arrogance: Why Death Needs a Revolution, William Reid
Department: English; Psychology

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The Effect of Agreeableness and Gender on Deception Detection, Naomi Robertson
Department: Psychology

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Induction of Postnatal Color Preferences in Japanese Quail Chicks (Coturnix Coturnix Japanica) From Prenatal Visual Experience, Morgan A. Schweighoefer
Department: Psychology

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Scared Into Consuming: the Effect of Climate Change Videos on Materialism Values and Operational Consumption, Emma Shriver
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Authority on Economic Decision Making, Dusty Staggs
Department: Psychology

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Clean Room, Moral Thoughts: the Effect of the Physical Environment on Memory and Moral Action, Samantha Walker
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2010

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Social Kombat in Video Games: Interacting With Others While Playing Violent Video Games May Reduce Levels of Aggression and Frustration, Henry Ernest Cook IV
Department: Psychology

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Comparing Body Image and Self Esteem Across Cultures: a Look at Jamaican and American Women, Kacy-Ann K. Cordiel
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Mental Imagery on Performance, Eric Dyer
Department: Psychology

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Feel What You Eat: the Emotional, Psychological, and Physiological Responses to Ingestion of Healthy and Unhealthy Food Stimuli in Unrestrained Males and Females, Rachel A. Gaines
Department: Psychology

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Cultural Estrangement and Social Comparison: the Effect of Cultural Estrangement and Comparison Target on Hostility in Upward Social Comparisons, Kim L. Hall
Department: Psychology

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Classical Conditioning and Caffeine Tolerance: the Importance of Drug-Associated Environmental Cues to the Development of Tolerance to Stimulatory Behavior in Rats, Hilary Jean Hicks
Department: Psychology

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Bringing Sports Into Music: a Study of Music Performance Anxiety Utilizing Tools Previously Studied in Sports Performance Anxiety, Andrea C. Kelley
Department: Psychology

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Interviewing Format: How Choice of Format May Impact Personality Traits Elicited, Kerry A. Kiley
Department: Psychology

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Soup Doesn't Speak For Itself: Creative Messaging Influences Taste Perception, Hilary M. Maich
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Your Friday Nights: the Impact of Alcohol on Working Memory, Christopher M. Malone
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Various Modes of Communication on Cooperation Between Dyads, Kathleen Metcalfe
Department: Psychology

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It's Story Time! Can You Keep Up?: An Examination of Shared-Reading and Its Influence on a Child's Language and Reading Development, Ashley Lynn Meyer
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Anxiety on a Student's Cognitive Ability and Performance, Stephanie L. Plotts
Department: Psychology

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Examination of the Effects of Swimming Exercise on Learning in Mice, Ryan E. Radtke
Department: Psychology

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To Label or Not to Label: the Effect of Labels on Person Perception of Autistic Adults, Lindsay E. Ryan
Department: Psychology

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My Appearance Is the Most Important Part of Who I Am: Appearance Schema and Body Perception in Female College Student, Meghana Shrestha
Department: Psychology

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Date With Culture: the Roles of Cultural Values and Personality Traits in Emerging Adults' Dating Attitudes and Sociosexual Behavior, Valeriya G. Spektor
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Physical Fitness and Physical Activity on the Internal Clock When Estimating Intervals of Time, Rachel N. Waggoner
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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Production and Perception of Musical Rhythm By Musicians and Music Novices, Gillian C. Anderson
Department: Psychology

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Present Mind: the Effect of Mindful Meditation on the Executive Network of Cognition, Jonathan W. Brumbaugh
Department: Psychology

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Follow the Leader, Joshua Clark
Department: Psychology

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Study Examining the Relationship Between Young-Adult Egocentrism and the Propensity to Lie, Lying Effectiveness, and Deception Detection, Christopher W. Collen
Department: Psychology

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Professor's Perceptions of the Pierced Population: Too Cool For Schoolwork?, Alexander O. Dreussi
Department: Psychology

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Self-Determination Theory and Wilderness Experiences, Robert Fitzgerald
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Disrupted Circadian Rhythms on Episodic and Procedural Memory, Sarah Lucille Garcia
Department: Psychology

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There Are Places I Remember--Maybe: the Effects of Age and Memory Techniques in the Creation of False Memories, Erica Hanuschak
Department: Psychology

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Musical Emotions: the Effect of Happy and Sad Music on Mood, Crystal B. Hardman
Department: Psychology

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Perceptions of Drug Addiction: Is Addiction More Acceptable Under Certain Circumstances?, Ryun K. Ivory
Department: Psychology

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Reconsidering Human Pheromones: Can the Effects of Men's Axillary Secretions on Women Predict Degrees of Visual Attractiveness?, Michael C. Karoglan
Department: Psychology

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Perceived Social Support and Coping Strategies Among Adolescents: Comparing Private Boarding, Private Day, and Public High Schools, Alysia Lynn LaBonte
Department: Psychology

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Does Sexual Orientation Affect Empathy? An Examination of Participants’ Empathy Levels Towards Victims of Domestic Violence, Kristin E. McCall
Department: Psychology

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Other-Race Face Perception: An Investigation of the Perceptual-Expertise Hypothesis, Kara M. Mitchell
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of the Presence of An Animal on Anxiety and Communication, Benjamin T. Nielsen
Department: Psychology

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Do You Know What I Know? The Effect of Language Ability on Verbal and Nonverbal Theory of Mind Tasks, Alexandria Rushley
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Priming on Responses to Projective Techniques, Andrew K. Salata
Department: Psychology

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Expertise and Attractiveness in Advertisements: What Entices You to Buy a Product?, Stephanie C. Schab
Department: Psychology

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Reducing Proactive Interference Through Constructivist Learning Instruction, Margaret B. Strome
Department: Psychology

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How Challenge and Subtle-Gendered-Threat Effect Athletic Performance, Jessica Twombly
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Film Music on the Perspective Assumed Within a Narrative, Chris Walton
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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Crime Seriousness and Its Effects on Eyewitness Accuracy, Confidence, and Arousal, Kevin M. Brooks
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption and Personality Traits Among College Athletes at The College of Wooster, Bradley C. Chisnell
Department: Psychology

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An Analysis of Male Body Image in College Athletes and Non-Athletes, Grant D'Augustine
Department: Psychology

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In Support of Natural Beauty: a Study of the Effects of Urban and National Parks on Conservation Attitudes and Mood, Natalie E. Gertz
Department: Psychology

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Help, You Know I Need Somebody: An Analysis of Helping Behavior, Courtney Joliat
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Effects of Realism and Perspective on Aggression in a Video Game, Eric W. Klingemier
Department: Psychology

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Children of Divorce Versus Children of Intact Families: Does Parental Status Influence How One Evaluates Different Marital Situations?, Milena E. Mauric
Department: Psychology

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Violent Video Games, Contact Sports, and Aggression: Application of the Feneral Aggression Model, Aaron Rezendes
Department: Psychology

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Guns and Sexuality: Pulling the Trigger of Attractiveness, Daniel Keith Terlonge
Department: Psychology

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Liberty and Justice For All? The Influence of Media Exposure and Socioeconomic Identity on Perception of Crime, Martina Ward
Department: Psychology

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You (Don't) Sound Gay!: a Study on the Effects of Homosexual Speech and Expectancy Violation on Target Likeability, Emily E. Wilson
Department: Psychology

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Diminishing the Other-Race Effect: An Investigation Into Creating Better Cross-Cultural Facial Recognition Using Social-Categorization, Stephen Zumbrun
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Eicosapentaenoic Acid Does Not Reduce Immobility in the Mouse Forced Swim Test, Salim Elie Abboud
Department: Psychology

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More Than Meets the Eye: the Use of Auditory Cues in Hitting a Pitched Baseball, Brandon L. Boesiger
Department: Psychology

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Integrative Study of Hand Lateralization and Tool-Use in Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus Apella) and Their Effects on Human Observers' Environmental Attitudes, Christine M. Cassella
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Questioning Style on Vocabulary Acquisition: Can Preschoolers Self-Reference?, Lauren Courtney Colapietro
Department: Psychology

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False Testimony of Law & Order: Court Television Dramas and Their Influence on Juries, Emily A. Daubert
Department: Psychology

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Perception of Point-Light Biological Motion in Athletes and Non-Athletes, Colin F. Fink
Department: Psychology

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To Help or Not to Help, That is the Question: The Effects of Openness, Conscientiousness and Gender of Victim on the Bystander Effect, Kelly G. Fredrickson
Department: Psychology

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Experiences and Thoughts: A Daily Diary Study of Psychological Well-Being, Maria P. Gonzalez
Department: Psychology

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Put Yourself in Someone Else's Shoes: The Effect of Having a Social Identity on Empathizing with a Bully or Victim, Kelly Goss
Department: Psychology

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Effect of the Y Chromosome on Spatial Learning and Synaptic Density in the Hippocampus, Emily Hansen
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Endogenous Ovarian Estrogen on Fear Memory Consolidation in Female Rats Using a Pavlovian Fear Conditioning Paradigm, Ye-Hyun Kim
Department: Psychology

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: a Study of Ethnicity and Personality Value Similarities Concerning Interpersonal Attraction, Patrick Litam
Department: Psychology

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Amount of Formal Care Prior to Kindergarten, Erin Lustic
Department: Psychology

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Emotional Intelligence: Impact of Stress on Self-Regulation, Dia A. Mason
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Depression on Explicit and Implicit Memory: Mood Congruent Biases and Decreased Performance, Taylor A. McKay
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Politeness on Likeability: Using Grice's Maxims in Human-Computer Interaction, Krysta Niemczyk
Department: Psychology

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Power of Persuasive Speech: the Interplay Between Ethnicity, the Speaker, His or Her Message, and the Audience, Michael Panfil
Department: Psychology; Political Science

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Laundry Is the Only Thing That Should Be Sorted By Color: the Role of Anxiety in Deterring Interracial Interactions, Katherine E. Patton
Department: Psychology

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Birth Order and Competition: the Effects of Family Dynamics, Gender, and the Developmental Nature of One's Ordinal Position, Amanda K. Popiel
Department: Psychology

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Satisfied?: Examining Job Satisfaction and Marital Satisfaction of Professors at State Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States of America, Erica Marie Ropers
Department: Psychology

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Metacognitive Ability in Paired Associate and Text Comprehension Tasks: Comparisons and Attempts to Improve Metacognitive Accuracy, Stephanie Salisbury
Department: Psychology

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Featural and Holistic Face Processing in Individuals With Autism, Ashley E. Zervos
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Dynamic and Influential Relationship Between Attachments to Mother, Father, and God, Robert D. Adams
Department: Psychology

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Relationship Between Working Memory and College Academic Performance, Aung Aung
Department: Psychology

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Competition in Video Games: A Factor Other than Violence that May be Linked to Aggression, Matt Buzby
Department: Psychology

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You Are What You Ate: A Retrospective Study of Early-Life Predictors of Dietary Restraint in Caucasian and African American College Women, Meredith H. Dykstra
Department: Psychology

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Children's Attitudes and Behavior Intentions Toward Typical and Autistic Peers Who Are Aggressive and Non-Aggressive, Michelle L. Hall
Department: Psychology

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Climbing the Social Ladder: The Effects of Social Skills Training on Children with Autism, Lindsey A. Headman
Department: Psychology

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Teacher Support and Locus of Control As Protective Factors For Physically Abused Children, Carly C. Hofmann
Department: Psychology

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Influence of Bilingual Experience on the Developing Brain: Dichotic Listening Differences Between Bilinguals and Monolinguals, Jung Kim
Department: Psychology