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!
On Wednesday, 8/26/2015, Brenda Ramirez and Angel Gonzalez (as seen in picture) began recruiting for the Sierra Nevada College Psychology Club, The Psychological Society. Club Rush Day saw the addition of 10 potential members to the Fall 2015 Psychology Club.
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.
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!
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.
Hard work pays off!!! The students of Experimental Psychology are about to reveal their research results after a two-semester course.
During the fall 2014 semester, students enrolled in a Psychology Research Methods course during which they designed independent research experiments and became experts in research design. Unique topics were chosen according to individual interest. Each research question is novel, making the findings a genuine contribution to the literature. This spring 2015 semester, the, now, researchers, hit the ground running collecting over 600 pieces of individual data from students on the SNC Tahoe campus.
The psychology program is thrilled to invite EVERYONE, especially participants and those who offered us your support, to join us at the 5th Annual Psychology Research Fair this Monday, April 20, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm in TCES 139/141. Here you can see the research questions, project quality to which you have contributed, and discuss findings with these stellar students. The quality of research and conclusions made would not be possible without the support of SNC Tahoe faculty and students. We thank you.
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We look forward to sharing our results with you!
The Experimental Psychology class got a special treat on Wednesday, March 25. Guest speaker Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., from Audience Viewpoints stopped by to give a talk about his career as a researcher in psychology and also discuss studies he currently has underway.
Dr. Yalowitz discussed his research in museology and bilingual exhibits. Specifically, the study he shared examined the impact of incorporating bilingual exhibits into museums for Spanish speaking individuals on the over museum experience.
Dr. Yalowitz was on campus doing evaluations for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).
It was a great experience for the class to be able to interact and ask questions about his role as a professional researcher. Sarah A. Fricke, a student in the audience, said, “It was awesome to hear about the information and knowledge we have acquired over the past year in Research Methods and Experimental Psychology being used by working professionals in the field. I think I can speak for most of my peers, that by having Dr. Yalowitz come and speak to our class, I have been motivated even more to further my education and begin to work as a professional in the Experimental Psychology field.” – Sarah A. Fricke
A big thank you to Dr. Yalowitz for sharing his expertise and time with our class!
Students from the Experimental Psychology class will be traveling to UCLA for the 24th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference being held on Friday, May 8th.
A big congratulations to those accepted to present their research. These students include Philip Chiesa, Sarah A. Fricke, Tessa Hartman-Sorensen, Kimberly A. Keyzers, and Erica Nelson. Sean P. Burke, Anna Evans, and Mary Hall will also be in attendance.
We look forward to sharing our experience with you all following the conference!
Christina M. Frederick, Constance A. Barnes, Sarah A. Fricke, and Kimberly A. Keyzers led a dynamic and interactive workshop on survey and interview design for the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Group which is facilitated by SNC Interim President, Shannon Beets.
A big thank you to Shannon Beets for the invitation and to all those involved with this Leadership Group! We had a wonderful time and would love to return to give another workshop in the future.
The Experimental Psychology classes data collection sessions are coming to a close.
A big thank you for the wonderful support from students, faculty, and staff. Your participation in these studies is immensely appreciated.
We invite you to attend the 5th annual Psychology Research Fair on April 20, 2015 from 2-4pm in TCES 139/141 to see us present on our completed research projects.
See you there!