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:

  • Aponte, B. ('14) Personality and blood-donating experience
  • Billington, A. ('13) Effects of article length and presentation (online vs. hardcopy) on reading comprehension
  • Caplandes, F. ('13) Implicit racism and sexism in the ticking bomb case
  • Dunn, D. ('13) The effects of certain personality traits and possible sexism on people's reactions to interpersonal conflict
  • Hayward, J. ('13) Spirituality, optimism, motivational concordance and the placebo response
  • Irion, H. ('13) Distinguishing optimism as a goal
  • McHale, R. ('13) Effects of label types on stigma towards bipolar disorder
  • Wood, B. ('13) Effects of priming on helping behavior and maternal instinct
  • Halsted, V. ('12)  Effects of homophobia on eyewitness memory
  • Hornbeck, K. ('12) Online social interaction on  self-monitoring
  • Lamoureux, L. ('12)  The effects of visual and kinesthetic imagery on the performance of a motor task
  • Moores, K. ('12) College students and relaxation
  • Natoli, M. ('12)  Qualitative exploration of first-generation college students
  • Wetzel, L.  ('12) The relationship of behavioral self-regulation and mood in children
  • Daly, H. ('11). The effects of daytime napping on memory processing
  • Hunter, R. ('11).  Blaming the victim: Age and gender as factors of victim stigmatization
  • Lyons, C. ('11).  The effects of priming and placebo effects on goal-oriented behavior
  • McSherry, E. ('11).  The two dark horses of self-regulation: Anxiety, depression and their differential effects on the self-regulation of pessimists
  • Post, K. ('11).  Semantic networks of celebrities and their endorsements
  • Quinn, M. ('11). The coming out process of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
  • Shipman, M. ('11).  The effects of different dietary fats on cognitive performance
  • Benner, J. ('10).  Effect of general happiness on reaction time and recall
  • Bookhout, R. ('10).  Gender identity and the interaction with a pet dog
  • LaTorre, C. ('10).  Influence of sex role stereotypes on perceptions of men and women as effective workplace leaders
  • Tanner, S. ('09).  The effects of angles on speed perception