Category Archives: Psychology

2016 North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program

SNC’s Provost Shannon Beets invited Psychology Program Chair, Christina Frederick, the senior assistant to the Psychology Program Chair, Sarah Fricke, along with psychology undergraduate students Emily Gross and Katie O’Hara to lead a workshop on survey and interview design for the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. The North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program aims to equip young professionals in the Tahoe/Truckee area with the skills they need to excel in their careers’. This opportunity gave SNC undergraduates real-life experience in leading workshops and facilitating professional growth.

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Group photo of attendees and workshop leaders

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SNC faculty, staff, and students Sarah Fricke (top left),
Christina Frederick (top right), Emily Gross (bottom left),
and Katie O’Hara (bottom right).

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Katie O’Hara (left) and Emily Gross (right)
leading discussion with a group of attendees

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INTD Student Spotlight: Sydney Pinkerton

By Sydney Pinkerton

Sydney is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and ODAL with a minor in Psychology. She graduates in May 2016.

Ever since I was very little, I knew that art would be my passion. I also knew that the mountains were calling and Ohio wasn’t the place for me. After high school I studied at an art institute in Colorado, but going to school to focus only on art seemed to take the enjoyment out of it for me and I knew I could get more out of my college career. While I vacillated, my mom suggested I look at SNC. All it took was a Google search of Lake Tahoe and a virtual tour of the campus for me to decide this was the place I needed to be.

Being at a SNC has reignited my love for learning and is setting me on a path to amazing opportunities and achievements.

Pinkerton-Sydney1-420Initially I majored in Psychology and Outdoor Adventure Leadership but I really missed art classes, so I decided on an Interdisciplinary ODAL and Fine Art major with a minor in Psychology. I’ve always felt a need to encourage individual empowerment and teach people self-love, and the path I am on now is taking me closer to making that passion a career. I hope to work in established adventure and art therapy programs on the way to starting my own!

I developed a deep connection and appreciation for horses riding and competing growing up, so my service learning project starts my journey into the world of therapy at Equus Insight in Reno, an equine therapy program for at risk youth. I helped with equine therapies for clients and worked on the ranch. I also designed and ran a weekend retreat for SNC students to come to the center and participate in art, adventure and equine activities with the horses. It’s so exciting to share this passion with others in a therapeutic way. I know that horses have been a large part of my life for a reason and I definitely see myself incorporating them more in my future.

I know that without the help and inspirations from the professors and peers I’ve met here, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I couldn’t be more grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the doors that have opened throughout this community.

This article was originally posted on the Sierra Nevada College website.

Data Collection Starts Tomorrow

Christina Frederick’s Experimental Psychology class will begin data collection tomorrow, February 3rd, for the students’ independent research projects. Participation in these experiments is encouraged and very much appreciated as these students move forward with their research. We look forward to seeing you all at the Psychology Research Fair on April 18th to see the results of the experiments you participated in.

Humanities 110

The Humanities 110 class began the Psychology portion on Thursday September 3, 2015. The students began their study by visiting stations related to the question, “what does it mean to be human?” We look forward to the next four class meetings and continuing to expose the class to the subject of psychology.

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Kickoff: 2015 Research Season Begins

August 17th, 2015, marked the beginning to the new school year. Which means brainstorming, research, and development for the new Psychology department’s senior class to create the foundation to their experiments to be conducted at the beginning of Spring 2016.

The following pictures show a class activity created to help students identify independent variables (IV) and dependent variables (DV). This activity involved the entire class in putting their ideas for DV’s and IV’s into a large bank and then mix-matching them to show how many can be interlinked. One of the most significant pieces of information gained from the activity is how IV’s can become DV’s and how DV’s can become IV’s.

The class looks forward to many more fun activities to come!

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The PURC Experience

Written by Mary Hall

In UCLA’s Kerckoff Grand Salon, students from many respectable colleges and universities around the country gathered to display their undergraduate research posters. The conference began with an early morning poster session, in which four Sierra Nevada College seniors presented their research findings in a room with over 20 other students. The salon was full of people circulating around poster displays representing a year’s worth of passion and dedication. Following the first poster session, a series of paper talks were given in Franz Hall, the universities psychology building. SNC seniors, Tessa Hartman-Sorenson and Sarah A. Fricke eloquently guided a room filled with professors, students, and seasoned researchers alike, through their studies’ process, findings, and real world applications. After all the talks were given, a second poster session was held in the Grand Salon, providing the SNC students who presented in the prior session the opportunity to view and discuss a wide variety of undergraduate studies. The event concluded with a dessert social where the founder of the university’s PURC acknowledged the students for their hard work and wished them luck in their future endeavors. Having the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of individuals who share the same enthusiasm for psychology research was a truly rewarding experience that will undoubtedly enhance the professional prospects of all who attended.

Experimental Psychology Returns from UCLA

Students from the 2015 Experimental Psychology course including, Sean Burke, Philip Chiesa, Sarah Fricke, Mary Hall, Kimberly Keyzers, and Erica Nelson, attended the 24th Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) on May 8th.

All of the above students presented their research either in a poster session or a poster talk.

“This experience was not only exciting, but incredibly inspiring. Being surrounded by so many intelligent people who were interested in similar fields as me made me want to work even harder to achieve my goals and aspirations for the future. Attending this conference was by far one of the highlights of my career at SNC!” – Sarah Fricke

“I got to experience what an extremely competitive school is like. It was valuable to see that the students attending the PURC conference were so interested in our research and also had incredibly valuable suggestions. It was validating to see that we compete on a level with students from an extremely competitive university.” – Philip Chiesa

A big thank you to all those who have supported the Psychology departments students and events over the past year and a big congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

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5th Annual Psychology Research Fair Wrap-up

2:00pm on April 20th marked the beginning of the 5th annual Psychology Research Fair. This event represented the culmination of a year of hard work from the students in PSYC 445: Experimental Psychology. The event kicked off with an introduction of each of the presenters and their research topics. Following the introduction, Kimberly Keyzers presented her research on how the type of food located at grocery entrances impacts healthy food selection. Once the talk was complete, individual students presented their research via poster. The presenters were extremely satisfied with the level of engagement from the students, faculty, community, and evaluators.

Here are the details regarding the student presenters:

Publication Name Project Title
Sean P. Burke Attention, Attention: Consistent Sensory Stimulation Reduces Inattentional Blindness
Philip B. Chiesa Getting Creative: Does Boredom Positively Impact Creativity?
Amber E. Durk The Influence of Names on Self-accountability
Juventino Espinoza The Impact of Goals on Productivity
Sarah A. Fricke The Looking Glass Self: The Impact of Explicit Self-Awareness on Self-Esteem
Mary C. Hall Heightened Self-Awareness Increases Immediate Perception of Sexual Satisfaction
Tessa M. Sorensen The Power of a Few Words: Prosocial Priming Decreases Disinhibited Behavior in Cyberspace
Kimberly A. Keyzers Be Smart About Where You Start: Grocery Entrances Impact Healthy Food Selection
Chelsea L. Lee Alpha Binaural Beats Impact when Combined with Classical Music or Modern Day Music
Kristina Miranda Immediate Reduction of Perceived Stress Using Dance
Erica R. Nelson Swipe Left: Online Dating Profile Pictures Do Not Impact Narcissism

The Psychology Department would like to extend a special thanks to Shannon Beets for her support of our research process and Steve Ellsworth as our statistics consultant. Our dedicated evaluators were Wade Brown, Josee Perrine, Morgan Burke, Betts Markle, Kendra Wong, Kallie Day, Dana Hoffelt, Cindy Conover, and Kara Fox.