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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IVDV 2

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.

Senior projects to be showcased on Thursday, April 30

Senior Projects and Portfolios will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Room 139/141.

An unusually rich selection of the work our Humanities and Social Sciences students have completed this year will be on display, including:

Senior Projects

Sean P. Burke (Psychology): Attention, Attention: Consistent Sensory Stimulation Reduces Inattentional Blindness

 Philip B. Chiesa (Psychology): Getting Creative: Does Boredom Positively Impact Creativity?

Peter Clark (Humanities): Welcome to the World

 Gavin Cooke (English): Approaches to Teaching and Coaching at the High School Level

 Meredith Crosby (English): Truth, Half Truth, and Lies: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Melissa Daniels: (Psychology): Skiing: from the Beginning

 Eliza Dunster (Humanities): The Hero’s Journey

 Amber E. Durk (Psychology): The Influence of Names on Self-Accountability

 Juventino Espinoza (Psychology): The Impact of Goals on Productivity

 Peter Freund (Humanities): Historical Analysis of Gambling in Virginia City and Reno, Nevada

 Sarah A. Fricke (Psychology): The Looking Glass Self: The Impact of Explicit Self-Awareness on Self-Esteem

Logan Garrison (English): Through the Greenroom: An Exploration of Electronic Dance Music

 Mary C. Hall (Psychology): Heightened Self-Awareness Increases Immediate Perception of Sexual Satisfaction

Tessa M. Hartman-Sorensen (Psychology): The Power of a Few Words: Prosocial Priming Decreases Disinhibited Behavior in Cyberspace

Kimberly A. Keyzers (Psychology): Be Smart About Where You Start: Grocery Entrances Impact Healthy Food Selection

 Kristina Miranda (Psychology): Sharing the Use of Art Therapy with Others

 Chris Muravez (English): A Season in the Abyss

 Erica R. Nelson (Psychology): Swipe Left: Online Dating Profile Pictures Do Not Impact Narcissism

 Emily Provencher (English): Ephemera’s Memory

 Danielle Ralys (Humanities): Conceptual Art: Before, During and After the Movement

 Senior Portfolios

Justin Carella (DART/MGMT): Digital Management: Online Marketing of Sierra Nevada College’s Business Plan Competition

Spencer Fisch (ODAL/Creative Writing):  A Multi Media Approach to the Nevada Drought

Celia McGuire (SUST): Bird’s Eye View of Community Engagement

 Jordan Petrilla (SUST): The Story of Trash

 Peter Rispolli (ODAL/ENTP):  Guap Natural, Inc.: A Business Strategy to Living Simply and Saving Money

 

 

 

 

Class Photo

5th Annual Psychology Research Fair

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.

Click here –>  for the program of events.

We look forward to sharing our results with you!

Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., Pays a Visit to Experimental Psychology

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!

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Experimental Psychology is Heading to UCLA

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!

Alumni Spotlight: Ben Bishop

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

Ben Bishop, a Sierra Nevada College alumnus, using his videography and photography skills throughout the world.

By Justine Nelson

Ben Bishop, now an outdoor action sports filmmaker and photographer whose work appears on ROXY, ESPN, Red Bull Media House and National Geographic, reflected on how Sierra Nevada College prepared him to be successful in the professional World.

“Life has been all over the place since graduation, lots of projects with many different people and companies all over the globe. I feel very thankful for all of them”. He explained that the most valuable thing he learned at SNC was to engage and reach out for mentoring and advice to overcome obstacles. As a veteran world traveler who frequently clocks six months straight of travel and work in places like China, Japan, Canada, Colorado, Utah, he says, “I don’t think I would be anywhere if it weren’t for SNC”.

Ben says SNC guided him to identify a path he is truly passionate about through the unique academic experience of tailoring his major to his specific skills and interests. “I had to bring all these skill sets together in a multidisciplinary way…and that is what my career is now. It was valuable being able to be at a small school that had the ability to adapt and say, ‘I’m really interested in the outdoor realm; I’d like a degree in it, and then have my advisors help formulate a program.”

In 2014, Ben has just returned from a trip to the Arrigetch peaks in the Gates of the Arctic on a trip for National Geographic. He first joined the expedition as an aid to carry equipment for the camera crew, but when he was handed a camera he jumped in to help shoot the rock climbing documentary. Afterwards, he and a friend rafted the Atlanta River in pack rafts for a total of 140 miles in 7 days. “With a lot of time to reflect, I am very thankful for the knowledge I obtained from SNC so I could head off on adventures like the Arctic on my own.”

Aside from filming, Ben also loves to shoot still photography on his travels. He says, “It is a medium that I have always loved but have never considered as a career”. He is hired occasionally to help people with their photographic needs, and a few of his images have been published, but he says having a secondary film camera allows him to personally document his trips. On the Atlanta River trip when he visited the small Native Village of Allakaket he said, “I was completely taken by what I was experiencing; it’s remote, there’s no running water or roads that lead to or from the village and I wanted to show people what I saw there. Instead of filming, which is very specific and sometimes can take a lot of time to tell the smallest of stories, I chose to shoot photos instead. To me, photography in this situation spoke much more, and that is why I have chosen to consistently carry an additional camera around. In the near future, I intend to release a photo book of my personal work from many of my trips.”

Justine Nelson is studying Art & Psychology. She is interested in the power of thought and intention.