• A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.

Senior Thesis in Psychology

The senior thesis involves extensive research on a psychological topic of individual choice, affording the opportunity to explore personal interests and acquire expertise in a chosen field.  Students design an original experiment, administer it to real participants, and collect actual data. Successful experimental theses require skill in all stages of research, from gathering appropriate background information, to computer data analyses, to the final interpretation of results. Recent psychology senior theses include:

  • Homonegativity in the Courtroom: Different Conviction Rates for Homosexual Victims
  • Self-Esteem in Biracials and Monoracials
  • The Relationship of Social Isolation and Drug Use
  • The Relationship of Optimism and Cigarette Smoking
  • The Relationship between Feminist Belief and Body Esteem
  • The Effects of Racially-Sensitive Stimuli and Stereotypical Names on Jury Conviction
  • Sex Differences in Memory for Erotic versus Neutral Stories
  • Sex Differences in Pre-competition Coping Strategies in Sports
  • Evaluation of Hartwick College’s Sexual Harassment Program 
  • Attribution Theory: Archival Research on Post-Game Comments of Professional Basketball Players and Coaches
  • Effectiveness of Disclaimers in Pharmaceutical Magazine Advertisements
  • Effect of Background Color in Magazine Advertisements
  • Effect of Goal Setting on Motivation and Burnout Levels of Athletes
  • The Effects of Lead and Gamma-Linolenic Acid on Motor Activity and Cognition in Sprague-Dawley Rats
  • The Effect of Outcome Expectations and Self-Efficacy on Competitive Performance
  • Synesthesia and Metaphor: The Relationship Between Perceptions of Loudness, Brightness, Affect, Pitch, and Speed
  • The Vicious Cycle of Alcoholism and its Relationship to the Hippocampus