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 2013

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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

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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