Senior Thesis in Psychology

The senior thesis in Psychology is undertaken as a 4-credit individual study whereby students, under the close supervision of a thesis advisor, conduct experimental research to test original hypotheses.  Sample senior theses from recent years follow:

  • 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