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Student Projects

Psychology majors as well as students in other social science majors at the University of Sioux Falls conduct research in an area that interests them.  These projects typically are created, designed, conducted, and presented by the students.  Students also collaborate with faculty on on-going research.  Research is an excellent manner in which to learn about a subject matter, how to systematically solve problems and manage large projects, to explain and present theoretical and technical information, and better understand the underlying structure of the science of behavior.  Student projects are substantial undertakings that provide great rewards to the students and others interested in their topics.  A sample of their recent individual work and collaborations with psychology faculty is below.

Conference Presentations

    Allard, E. S. (2003, April). The roles of gender and athleticism in pain perception. Paper presented at the Tenth Annual University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, Cedar Falls, IA.

    Engelhart, K. (2003, April).  The fundamental attribution error:  Differences between the homeless and college students.  Paper presented at the Tenth Annual University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, Cedar Falls, IA.

    Kominsky, TK (2003, April).  Development of false memories  The saliency of environmental cues.  Poster presented at the Tenth Annual University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, Cedar Falls, IA.

    Squier, M., & Cross, M. (2002, April).  Young adults' social compensation in a collective task with older adults.  Poster presented at the Siouxland Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, Orange City, IA.

    Towle, D. (2002, April).  Televised sexual content's effect on arousal and social interaction.  Poster presented at the Siouxland Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference, Orange City, IA.

University/Departmental Presentations

    Hendricks, L. (2003, December).  Effect of Self-Monitoring on Impression Management in a College Setting.

    Hoogestraat, J. (2003, December).  Parenting Styles and the Implications for Competitive Anxiety.

    Kuria, E. (2003, December).  The Relation Between Mate Selection and Perceived Parental Likeness.

    McKnelly, A. (2003, December).  Younger and Older Adults' Knowledge About Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease Patients.

    Marshall, J. (2003, December).  The Effects of Parental Alcoholism as a Contributing Factor to Negative Relationships.

    Aman, T. (2003, May).  Alzheimer's disease:  The relations between onset, memory systems, and treatment.  Paper presented at the 2003 University of Sioux Falls Symposium in Cognitive Psychology, Sioux Falls, SD.

    Engelhart, K. (2003, May).  Beyond awareness:  Aspects of Implicit Learning.  Paper presented at the 2003 University of Sioux Falls Symposium in Cognitive Psychology, Sioux Falls, SD.

   Goebel, R. K. (2003, May).  The role of schemata in religious experience.  Paper presented at the 2003 University of Sioux Falls Symposium in Cognitive Psychology, Sioux Falls, SD.

    Peterson, B. (2003, May).  The inter-relations of emotion and memory.  Paper presented at the 2003 University of Sioux Falls Symposium in Cognitive Psychology, Sioux Falls, SD.

    Goebel, R. K.(2002, December). Parental Context as a Predictor for Adolescent Self-Esteem.

    Hockett, M. (2002, December).  The Relations Between Television Violence and Aggression.

    Jones-Ross, M. (2002, December).  Shyness and Classroom Seating Choice Among College Students.

    Senum, L. (2002, December).  Parenting Style Effects on Temperament in Preschool Children.

    Smith-Ronning, S.  (2002, December).  Childhood Parental Death Experiences and View of God as Predictors of Perceptions of Death in Young Adults.

Collaborations With Faculty

    Jones, K. T., & Allard, E. (2004, February).  A touch of grey:  Analyzing popular artists' careers to learn about aging.  Poster to be presented at the 30th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Richmond, VA.

    Jones, K. T., Squier, M., Cameron, A. S., Cross, M., & Hoogestraat, T (2003, November).  The influence of a negative aging stereotype on the interaction between and among older and younger adults.  Paper presented at the 56th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.

    Jones, K. T., & Kominsky, TK (in press).  Prolongevity:  A once and future research directive?  A review of Gruman's "A History of Ideas About the Prolongation of Life."  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development.