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Student Research

Students in the Waldorf Psychology Department have opportunities to design and conduct their own research. The two primary opportunities that all majors are required to take part in are the Advanced Research Methods (PSY 361) and Senior Capstone (PSY 401) courses. In Advanced Research Methods, students apply their basic knowledge of methods, learned in Introduction to Research Methods (PSY 360), by designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting their own research project. In Senior Capstone, students write a research proposal, allowing them to design a method to answer a research question without being restricted by budget or participant access.

Students have additional research opportunities, which can be particularly important if they are interested in pursuing graduate school. Students may have the opportunity to work with a psychology faculty member to assist him or her in conducting research as part of the Research Practicum (PSY 496). Students can gain vital laboratory experience with this opportunity by helping the faculty member in the creation of stimuli, running of participants, data coding and analysis, and writing up of results. Students also have the opportunity to conduct their own research projects under the guidance of a faculty member through an Independent Study. If interested, students may submit proposals to faculty members to supervise their research in this forum. This opportunity may be of particular interest to honors students who are required to do an honors research project.

Annual Psychology Research Presentations

During Finals Week of the Spring semester, students from Advanced Research Methods and Senior Capstone present posters of the research they have spent the semester working on for the Waldorf Community. A conference-style poster session is held in the Luise V. Hanson Library, and students, faculty, staff, and family members of graduating seniors are invited to see the work of psychology majors.

Psychology Research Presentations - 2015

PSY 224x – Sport Psychology Group Literature Reviews
Do Crowds Really Affect Athletes – Andrew Eisenbacher, Andrew Larsen, Nathaniel Taylor
In the Zone: Flow State – Delroy Nichols, Dayana Ramirez-Brambila, Cassie Ruud
Leadership Roles in Sport – Nicholas Grothe, Dalton Kaake, Reed Loucks
Psychological Aspects of Athletes Before, During, and After Injury – Jessica Abrahamson, Andrea Hartmann, Mattea Lovato
Motivation – Cameron Childs, Tyreece Gilder, Nathan Guillermo
PSY 361 – Advanced Research Methods Group Research Projects
Sports Events: How Wording Affects Memory Recall – Ashley Brandt, Paul Theilen, Rebecca Flavin*
Sexual and Emotional Infidelity – Allysa Evans, Ashleigh Hobscheidt
PSY 401 – Senior Capstone Research Proposals
Perceptions of Online vs. Traditional Dating Success in Relationships – Courtney Palmer
Introspective or Fearful: Comparing Extroversion-Introversion and Death Thought Accessibility – Jillian Eischen
Concussion and Depression: A Relationship Mediated by Academic Performance – Kiana Uribe
Snoezelen Environment: Effects on Delirium – Ashley Brandt
Stereotyping in America: How Stereotyping Has Changed in America Sine 9/11 – Paul Theilen
Appearance Schematicity and Social Comparison: Which Social Media Creates More Body Image Concerns? – Jennifer Nelsen
*Also presented at the Minnesota Undergraduate Research Conference

Psychology Research Presentations - 2014

Senior Capstone – Research Proposals
Piaget and Personality: Pinpointing the Beginning and Traits of Artistic Creativity – Jillian Eischen
Motivation to Diet: High Body Dissatisfaction and Low Self-Esteem – Crystal L. Langford
An Exploration of the Relationship between Visual Attention, Saccades, and Working Memory – Deciembre Westbrook

Advanced Research Methods – Group Research Project
(also presented at the Minnesota Undergraduate Research Conference)
The Effect of Background Music on Encoding and Retrieval – Tammy Beranek, Jill Eischen, Nathan Fursa, & Courtney Palmer