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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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“Thanks for the Memories, Even Though They Weren’t So Great”: The Relationship Between Chronic Stress and Working Memory in College Students, Carina G. Arnosti
Department: Psychology

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Differences in Working Memory Between Bilinguals’ First and Second Languages, Ashley N. Boersma
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Athletes vs Non-Athletes on Communication, Anne Bowers
Department: Psychology

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Religious and Spiritual Effects on Mental Health by Sexual Orientation, Shay Chapman
Department: Psychology

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Likes, Lady Gaga, and Loneliness: The Beneficial Impacts of Active Social Media Usage and Para-Social Relationships on FOMO and Loneliness, Noah W. Crane
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Gender Stereotypes on Perceptions of Gender Non-Binary Individuals, Abby Rose Cunningham
Department: Psychology

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Different Cradle, Different Grave: An Examination of the Relationship between Intergenerational Poverty and Attachment, Allie Deyhle
Department: Psychology

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Social Dependent, Independent Learners and Their Online Learning, Isabella Lence Ilievski
Department: Psychology

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Hyperconnected or Disconnected? An Analysis of Attachment to Smartphones and Their Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Era, Larissa Lamarca
Department: Psychology

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Parents, is it your Fault? Effects of Familial Influences on the Development of Disordered Eating Habits and Attitudes, Joelle Lau
Department: Psychology

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A+ Child Does Not Equal A+ Parent: Analysis of Parenting Types and Child Attachment Effects on Academic Achievement, Sarah Marion
Department: Psychology; Education

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Perceptions Toward Persons with ADHD: Exploring the Relationship Between Intergroup Contact, Honesty-Humility, Accommodations and Attitudes, Marielle Monique Mason
Department: Psychology

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Judgment in Relation to Chance Games and Scenarios, Mercer McLennan
Department: Psychology

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Diminished Sleep and the Presence of Risky Behavior: What Predicts General Health?, Alex Melchert
Department: Psychology

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Perceptions of Social Activists: Evaluations of Criminality Based on Race and Social Activism, Jennifer Louise Meltzer
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of the Carolina Locust’s Camouflage on Perceiving Ability of Human When Searching for It on the Screen, Jiyoung Min
Department: Psychology; Biology

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The Effects of Masculinity and Attachment Style on Perceptions of School Shooters and the Prevention of School Shootings, Matthew R. Olszewski
Department: Psychology

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Mobile Games and the Sunk Cost Fallacy, Sadie L. Phillips
Department: Psychology

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Parasocial Attachment: Framework and Function, Lydia Reedstrom
Department: Psychology

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The Impacts of Antioxidants and Environmental Enrichment on Memory and Learning in an Alzheimer’s Disease Rodent Model, Lexi Riley-DiPaolo
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Personal Attitudes Towards Clothing and Clothing Choices, Aaron Risch
Department: Psychology

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Without a Second Thought: An Investigation of the Impact of the Fundamental Attribution Error on Perceptions of a Young Adult Who Stutters, David Roney
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Psychology

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Swipe White: Attitudes and Perceptions of Interracial Relationships, Michelle J. Sayre
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Voice on Recall and Likability, Omar H. Tolentino
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Influence of Mindfulness Meditation on Cognition and Empathy, Torrey D. Totman
Department: Psychology

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Experiences with the Perception of Time in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Kelsi Lee Trivette
Department: Psychology

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Investigating the Connection Between Mental Health and Internet Addiction., Sailesh R. Yellayi
Department: Psychology

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Subjective Well-Being and the Influence of Parasocial Relationships on Risky Behaviors, Nyla Zak
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Don’t Worry, Nobody Actually Cares: A Study of Consumer Generated Stories on Social Media, Madison Adamo
Department: Psychology

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The DAPL Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: The Relationship Between Children’s Political Interest, Ethnic-Political Socialization, and the Draw-A-Political-Leader Task, Dzifa A. Adjei
Department: Psychology

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Everybody SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS: An Analysis of the Factors that Influence the Risk Perception of Autism and Measles, and Their Effects on Medical Decisions, Nina-Simone Avery
Department: Psychology

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The Correlation between Learner Autonomy and Cognitive Flexibility, Haohang Bai
Department: Psychology

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Video Games’ Impact on Feelings of Aggression: Failure to Acknowledge the Obvious Scapegoat, Nick Barto
Department: Psychology

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Are We There Yet? The Effect of Cognitive Load on Working Memory in Driving Contexts, Gregory R. Bell
Department: Psychology

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Take a Chill Pill: Examining the Effects of De-Stressing on Pain, Elizabeth L. Carlson
Department: Psychology

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The Consequences of Thin-Ideal Media on Women's Body Image and Health, Claire Davis
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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Shaping Mindsets for Success: The Effects of Mindset Training on Pre-Service Educators, Amber Dronebarger
Department: Psychology

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Students With and Without Learning Disabilities: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Perceived Academic Support, Stress, and Self-efficacy on Academic Success, Helen H. Francis
Department: Psychology

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Bridging the Identity Gap: Predictors of Closeness in Intercultural Friendships between International and American Domestic Students, Isabelle Gangloff
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Genuine and Artificial Plants on Cognitive Performance Tasks, Holly Geraci
Department: Psychology

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The Short and Long Term Impacts of a Safari Park Visit on Guests Environmental Attitude and Behaviors, Lila B. E. Gibson
Department: Psychology

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An Extrovert and an Individualist Walk into a Bar: Cultural Influence on the Relationship between Personality and Humor Styles, Aishu S. Giriraju
Department: Psychology

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To Know, to Care, and, to Educate: Examining the Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions in Improving Saving Behavior, Anushkaa Gupta
Department: Economics; Psychology

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“Big Time” College Sports: Amateurism, Exploitation, and Predicting Attitudes Regarding Student-Athlete Compensation, Malik Jordan Hearst
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Examining the Effects of Observational Learning Versus Coaching/Feedback on a Basketball Free Throw Shot, Danyon M.R. Hempy
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Vocal Sex Ratios and Sex on The Judgement of Sex Ambiguous Morphed Faces, Carlos Hernandez
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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La Libertad y Sus Acontecimientos: Un Enfoque En el Existencialismo y el Uso de la Libertad Dentro de Artefactos Culturales, Carlos A. Hernandez
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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The Effects of Enrichment on Anxiety-like Behavior and Spatial Learning Memory in Relation to Restraint Stress, Juyoung Ko
Department: Psychology

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Job Market Signaling of Conspicuous Consumption, Muyao Li
Department: Business Economics; Psychology

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More Than Just a Feeling: Examination of Haptic Discrimination, Courtney Lockhart
Department: Psychology

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Not Just a Worry Wart: The Effects of Anxiety in Early Childhood and the Role of Teacher Intervention on Social Development, Zoe Luksa
Department: Psychology

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How Parenting Styles Affect Children's Social and Emotional Skills, Gabrielle Anna Marlowe
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Culture and Self-Stigma on Public Perception and Mental Health Attributions, Dena Nashawati
Department: Psychology

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Adult Attachment and Well-being: The Importance of Attachment to Mother vs. Peers in Predicting Well-Being, Garima Nayar
Department: Psychology

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We're All in This Together: The Relationship Between Friends and Ethnic Identity for Multi-Ethnic Individuals in Emerging Adulthood, Mia Palmejar-Takaki
Department: Communication Studies; Psychology

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We Are Unaware of How Unaware We Are: The Effects of Stress, Mood and Past Experiences on Our Ability to Make Decisions, Kwame Poku-Acheampong
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Effect of Violence and Active Gameplay on Recognition of Advertisements in Video Games, Charlie Quigley
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Parenting Styles on College Students Academic Achievements and Personality, Akalia Samms
Department: Psychology

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The Role of National Culture on Risk Preference, Akari Sato
Department: Economics; Psychology

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The Guilt of Innocence: How Evidence Type and Perceived Intelligence Affect Culpability Judgments of Exonerees, Shannon R. Sertz
Department: Psychology

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Would You Date Her? How We Process Social Preferences and Social Perceptions, Madeline Claire Smith
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Childhood Bullying Victimization on Social Anxiety in College, Claire Margaret Thompson
Department: Psychology

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An Age of Walls: Effects of Parent-Child Separation on Mental Health Outcomes and Academic Performance of Guatemalan Children, Katherine G. Thurston-Griswold
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Children's Literature on Cognitive Empathy, Affective Empathy, and Prosocial Motivation, Cobi Warstler
Department: Psychology

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The Same and Other Race Effects: The Minority Classroom Experience, Micaela Watson
Department: Psychology

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Investigating the Influence of Educators’ Mental Health Literacy on the Identification and Referral of Students With Mental Illness, Anna L. Whitman
Department: Psychology

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News Impacting Anxiety, Depression and Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tongtong Wu
Department: Psychology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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The Elicitation of White Collective Guilt Through “Culture and Media” as Moderated by White Racial Identity, Diverse Cultural Curriculum, and Gender Identity, Maeven Barry
Department: Psychology

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Pre-Decisional Distortion: Through the Lens of Athlete Endorsement, Marcus W. Bowers
Department: Psychology

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Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Regarding Tattoos in Relation to Social Dominance Orientation and Perceived Entitativity, Caitlin B. Colapietro
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Effect of Attachment Styles on Sternberg's Love Components and on Loyalty, Voice, Neglect, and Exit in Adult Romantic Relationships, Jamila Coleman
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Crowd Noise On Free Throws in Basketball, Garrett Crum
Department: Psychology

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Psychic or Not: Examining the Effects of Psychic Distance on Implicit Attitudes and Empathetic Connections, Nathaniel C. Davis
Department: English; Psychology

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ESL Students and the Education System, Paulina Rene Day
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Hypothetical Expense and Socioeconomic Status on Decision Making Task, Naonari Deguchi
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Imposter Feelings, Social Support, Perceived Discrimination, and SES on Self-efficacy, Darryl Dugans
Department: Psychology

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The Effective Mentor: Non-Parental Mentorship and the Outcomes Across Adolescence, Oriana Freeman
Department: Psychology

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Comical Thinking: Connecting Working Memory to Visual Narrative Comprehension, Ben Garnitz
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation on Attention in the Attentional Network Task, Victoria Hartley
Department: Psychology

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Love at First Swipe: The Accuracy of First-Impression Personality Judgements in the Realm of Mobile Dating Apps, Sophie Elizabeth Hawkins
Department: Psychology

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Effect of Educational Media on Preschoolers’ Cognitive Empathy, Shogo Hayashi
Department: Psychology

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More Than Your Grade: How Implicit Theories of Intelligence and Academic Contingent Self-Worth Shape Self-Esteem after Failure or Success Feedback, Corey Ellen Holt
Department: Psychology

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Searching for the “Icelandic Madness”! An Investigation of Factors Influencing Individual Motivation and Team Success in Intercollegiate Athletics, Madalyn Ireton
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Biased Auditory Sex Ratios on Ejaculation Parameters in Healthy Human Males (Homo sapiens)., Harper Jones
Department: Biology; Psychology

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Six of One, Une Demi-Douzaine de L’Autre: Detecting Cross-Language Code-Switching in a Continuous Narrative, Melissa Kadish
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Psychology

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Determinants of Latinx Patients’ Perceptions of Trust in their Physicians at the Primary Health Care Level, Emani J. Kelley
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of a Placebo introduced as a Cognitive Stimulant on Working Memory in Humans, as reflected by the P300 ERP Amplitude, Suriah Khan
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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The Interaction Between Social Identities and Space at The College of Wooster, Alicea Anna Kouyaté
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Investigating the Effect of Internalization of Body Image and Exercise Type on Intuitive Eating: An Expansion of the Acceptance Model of Intuitive Eating, Harley M. Layman
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Test Assessment Mode on Social Desirability in Children, Elizabeth Levine
Department: Psychology

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Examining relationships between stress reduction and art therapy through prompt structured drawing with interpretation, Lida LeVine
Department: Psychology

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Did You Notice I Was Upset? The Effects of Neuroticism Levels on Emotion Recognition, Laura Papp
Department: Psychology

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Music Semantics: Investigating the Diatonic Perception of Music, Marcus Peh
Department: Psychology

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Are your Parents to Blame?: Parental Involvement's Effects on College Academic Achievement, Samantha Ponzetti
Department: Psychology

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Cross-Category Effects in Face Recognition According to Arbitrary Group Categorization, Henry F. Pride-Wilt
Department: Psychology

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Effects of Headspace on Cognition and Stress Level after Acute Stress, Erika Prince
Department: Psychology

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"But it's not Fair!": Effects of Experimenter Familiarity on Inequity Aversion in Dogs, Kia Radovanovic
Department: Psychology

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How Team Building Influences Team Outcomes, Yichen Tang
Department: Economics; Psychology

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Princesses, Soccer Players, and Sheep: Understanding the Development of Gender Identities in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Germany, Anna S. Vogt
Department: Psychology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Correlating Enjoyment of Boarding School Experience with Personality and Attachment., David H. Westcott
Department: Psychology