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Student Research

Students are encouraged to conduct either independent research or to collaborate with faculty members. As you will see from the listing below, students are involved in conducting investigations into everything from eating disorders to the effects of cocaine on learning in rats. The quality of these projects is demonstrated by the fact that many of them have been presented at conferences such as the Society for Research in Child Development, Western Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

This is a partial list of recent research projects that both students and faculty worked collaboratively on. Remember that there are more topics unexplored than have been explored.

  • Differences in emotional autobiographical memories in high vs low dissociative participants
  • Detecting deception of perceptual alteration in real vs simulating hypnotic subjects
  • Recollective experience in true vs false memories: A test of the source monitoring model of false memory creation
  • Sex differences in aggression within an evolutionary model
  • Changing beliefs about the past: Exploring mechanisms of the imagination inflation effect
  • Neuropsychological correlates of adherence and non adherence in chronic obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disturbances
  • Evaluation of the role of learned resourcefulness in a juvenile justice community service program
  • Control issues and risk taking behavior
  • Influence of physical arousal on the extremity of attitudinal judgements
  • Effects of ethanol on associative and memory processes using the Pavlovian Conditioning Paradigm
  • Effects of ethanol on spatial memory processes using the Morris Water Maze

Below are some specific examples of recent student-faculty collaborative research:

In collaboration with or supervised by Professor Linder

Student Research Poster group photo

Linder, J. R., & Anderson, E.  (2012). The short-term effects of viewing relationally aggressive media on hostile cognitions in emerging adult women.  Poster presented at the Biennial meetings of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Vancouver, BC.

Linder, J. R., Loepp, L., & Abraibesh, N. (2010). Television and online social networking in college women: Associations with peer aggression, romantic aggression, and normative beliefs. Poster presented at the annual meetings of the Western Psychological Association, Cancun, Mexico.

In collaboration with or supervised by Professor Tompkins:

Poster presentation group in a photobooth session      Moni Brown with her RISE Award poster

Brown, M. T. & Tompkins, T. L. (2013).  A cross-cultural look at co-rumination, self-disclosure,  friendship, relational concerns and emotional adjustment. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. – Honorable mention RISE Research Award.

Johnson, J. D., Lucas, J. C., Brandon, Z. E., Mendoza, A. M., White, K. M., & Tompkins, T. L. (2013).  Force of beauty or object of desire? The priming effects of makeup video advertisements for self-objectification in college-aged women. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. – First prize winner of SSCP Student Poster Award.

Johnson, J. D., Lucas, J. C., Hay, A. N., Murray, A. M., Dolson, R. A. & Tompkins, T. L. (2013). Oregon psychologists on prescriptive authority: Divided views and little knowledge. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

With Professor Livesay:

Poster presentation

Livesay, K., Stokholm, A. & Therson, V. (2010). Gender differences in language use on Facebook.  Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology, St. Louis, Missouri.

Livesay, K. & Miller, B. (2009). Does emotion matter? The influence of congruency on event memory. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Under the supervision of or in collaboration with Professor Bakner:

Bakner with students Hollin Buck and Courtney Worthington

Logan, R., Olson, M.E., & Bakner, L. (2009). Cocaine suppresses social facilitation of operant  responding in Sprague-Dawley rats.  Poster presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Buck, H.M., Bakner, L., & Zerizef, C.L. (2008).  One compartment versus two: Training variables that attenuate cocaine-induced CPP in rats. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the  Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.