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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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

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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