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Summer Research Institutes

  • This SRI ran May 20 - 24, 2019 and was led by Dr. Cousins and Dr. Leszczynski.

    Students in 2019 SRI

    • Rafael Aragon, Effects of Parent's Education on Value Placed on Gendered Traits in Potential Mates
    • Karely Casas, Parental Influences on Gender Stereotypes & Sexism
    • Shirley Holloway, The Association Between Feminism and Gender Roles
    • Olivia Mott, Effects of Attractiveness on Perceived Characteristics
    • Sierra Nastasi, Perceptions of Men and Women in Gender Stereotypical Sports
    • Gabrielle Palumbo, Perceptions of Female and Male Suspects
    • Alexandra Peters, Personality and Prejudice: Examining the Relationship Between the Big Five and Racism
    • Gracie Schauster, Spirituality, Contact, and LGBTQ+ Community
    • Bethany Turner, Education, Microaggression, & Aversive Racism
    • Michel Valencia, Parental Education, Preparation for Bias on Level of Racism and Prejudice

    See their posters (large-page PDF)

  • This SRI ran May 14 - 18, 2018 and was led by Dr. Lanagan-Leitzel and Dr. Cordón.

    Students in 2018 SRI

    • Montserrat Amieva-Ramos, The Usage of Food Influencing Emotion
    • Mia Black-Graham, The Relationship between Facial Fixations and Self-Esteem
    • Ashley Cubberly, The Impact of Audio Distractions on Accuracy and Confidence in Visual Searches
    • Taylor DeJulia, Taste Perception of Colour
    • Ryley LaPointe, Tracking Pupil Dilation While Multitasking
    • Brooke Lemons, How Do We Recognize Faces?
    • Olivia Mott, Impact of Colors on Moods and Emotions
    • Genesis Ramon, Social Media Influence on Eating Behavior
    • Colleen Warner, Relationship Between Accuracy and Confidence in Identifying Color Contrast

    See their posters (large-page PDF)

  • This SRI ran May 18 - 24, 2017 and was led by Dr. Scisco and Dr. Dracobly.

    Students in 2017 SRI

    • 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

    See their posters (large-page PDF)

  • This SRI ran May 16 - 20, 2016 and was led by Dr. Diller and Dr. Escoto.

    • Jesse Bober, Emotional Intelligence and Electric Shock in Relation to Galvanic Skin Response
    • Nicole Bosse, The Relationship Between Social Networking and Stress Shown Through Galvanic Skin Response
    • Abigail Caselli, The Relations Between Heart Rate and Self-Critical Perfectionism from Induced Stress
    • Kayley Crooke, The Effects of Stress on Working Memory
    • Nathan Edwards, How Optimism Effects Heart Rate and Ability to Multitask
    • Elizabeth Hilton, The Relationship Between Stress, Perfectionism and Life Satisfaction
    • Yohan Krumov, Effects of Sleep Disturbance and Respiration Rate on Galvanic Skin Response and Heart Rate
    • Alondra Padilla, Are Stress Levels and Confidence Related?
    • Michael K. Pelletier, The Influence of Neuroticism and Extraversion
    • Malvina Pietrzykowski, The Relationship Between Spirituality, Stress, and Heart Rate During Induced Physiological Stress

    See their posters (large-page PDF)

  • This SRI ran May 11 - 15, 2015 and was led by Dr. Diller and Dr. Escoto.

    • Sydney Batchelder, Social Support and Public Speaking Stress
    • Christian Caravaglia, The Effects of Stress on Sleep Reactivity
    • Brianna Collins, Differences Between Mental and Physical Stress and Their Effect on Risk
    • Alyssa Daneault, The Effects of Physical Health on Stress Tolerance
    • Brian Duffany, Effect of Music on Reactance to Physiological Stress
    • Marisa LaBrecque, The Study of Self-Reported Anxiety Scores and Psychophysiological Responses During a Stressful Public Speaking Situation
    • Madison LaRusso, Extraversion in Relation to Psychological Stress Involving Mirror Tracing
    • Rachel Pilver, Effects of Cold Presser Stress on Working Memory
    • Rachel Scrivano, Chewing Gum During Sample SAT Mathematics Questions as a Coping Technique to Reduce Stress
    • Molly Smith, Effects of Self-Confidence as a Public Speaker on Physiological Response

    See their posters (large-page PDF)

Cross-Cultural Psychology of Food

FLORENCE, 2019 WITH DR. SCISCO

This course was designed to enable students to explore the differences between Italian and American food culture and eating behaviors through field observations of meals and visits to an olive farm, a goat farm, a community garden, Dario Cecchini's butcher shop Antica Macelleria Cecchini (pictured above), restaurants, and food markets. Students also took in lectures on Italian cuisine and participated in food tastings and cooking classes. Through these engaging activities, the students learned that Italian food is fresh, seasonal, regional, and meant to be shared.

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Cross-Cultural Well-Being and Relationships

HAWAII, 2018 WITH DRS. FUGÈRE & SALTERS-PEDNEAULT

This seminar course was designed to provide an overview of cross cultural issues related to well-being and relationships. Social, psychological, developmental, and educational aspects of well-being and relationships were examined from Western and native-Hawaiian perspectives including attachment styles, social support, parenting, psychological disorders, personality and emotional expression, physical attraction, romantic relationships, and compassionate love. Students visited sites of cultural significance on Oahu and the island of Hawai'i, including the Kaneohe Fishpond aquaculture site, Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and Volcanoes National Park.

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Cross-Cultural Well-Being and Relationships

HAWAII, 2017 WITH DRS. FUGÈRE & SALTERS-PEDNEAULT

This course was designed to expose students to study cross-cultural differences in well-being and relationships through comparisons of western and native-Hawaiian perspectives. Students completed a series of readings and discussions highlighting cultural aspects of relationships, families, attraction, emotional well-being, and mental health and applied these insights during an immersive experience in Hawaiian and native-Hawaiian cultural. Highlights of the course included visits to the home of the Hawaiian royal family, the Byodo-In Temple, Waimea Valley, the Kukaniloko birth site, an ancient aquaculture site, and Pearl Harbor.

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History and Systems of Psychology

DUBLIN, 2016 WITH DR. SCISCO

This course was designed to help students come to understand, through associated readings and several site visits, the history of Ireland and why psychology was late in arriving there relative to the United States, with modern scientific psychology appearing in the 1950s. Each student in the course wrote a biography of a current Irish psychologist and traced their academic lineage. Through this project, they explored how Irish psychologists were influenced by the original founders and schools of thought in psychology.

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History and Systems of Psychology

LONDON, 2015 WITH DR. SCISCO

This course was designed to allow students to experience the history of psychology first-hand through assigned coursework and course excursions to the Freud Museum, Down House (the home of Charles Darwin), Bethlem Royal Hospital, and the British Science Museum. For their primary research project, students wrote a biography about a British psychologist using archival materials, including handwritten letters and notes, in the Wellcome Library and the British Library.

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Comparative Health Psychology

NEPAL, 2011 WITH DR. ESCOTO

This course was designed to provide an overview of the field of health psychology. Emphasis was placed on a cross cultural view of health and wellness as well as the effect of the HIV pandemic in Nepal. Social, psychological and educational aspects of health were examined from an East Asian perspective including the health care system, alternative/ complimentary medicine, health education and an understanding of how the HIV pandemic in India impacts Nepal.

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