2017 Summer Research Institute

2017 SRI ParticipantsThe Department of Psychological Science’s 2017 Summer Research Institute was held May 18-24, 2017, led by Drs. Scisco and Dracobly, on factors influencing healthy eating.  Along with our student mentor, Yohan Krumov, Drs. Scisco and Dracobly introduced students to topics about healthy food choices, including variables that influence our short- and long-term decisions about foods to eat. The students also learned how to search and review peer-reviewed literature, develop a research question and design an empirical study to answer that question, and analyze their results using graphical and statistical analysis.

After conducting their independent studies, each student developed a poster and presented it to the group. Below is a list of the student projects.

Kelly Bielonko: The Effects of Health Consciousness and Familiarity with Direct to Consumer Advertising on Perceptions of Natural Dietary Supplements and Their Prescription Counterparts

Jordan Gardiner: Nutritional Knowledge and Self Perception of Health Corresponding with the Ability to Match Front of Package Images with the Equivalent Nutritional Facts

Sarah Henckel: Perceptions of Health Based on Traffic Light Color-Coding on Nutrition Labels

Allison Lundy: Subtle vs. Explicit Messages: Consumer Motivation and Consumer Food Choices

Blake Mamaclay: The Relationships Between Health Consciousness, Color Preference, and Perceived Healthiness

Mikayla Oken: The Effect of a Mindful Eating Exercise on the Enjoyment and Willingness to Eat Disliked Foods

Tess Parker: Effects of Familiarity on Food Preference and Beliefs About Food

Sydney Spencer: The Effect of Social Facilitation on Meal Duration and Food Intake

Michael Tuttle: The Impact of Label Type on Perceived Healthiness and Label Comprehension

Courtney Welch: Effects of Store Brand vs. National Brand on Visual & Taste Preference