Category Archives: Psychology

Can negative emotions predict procrastination?

A study that was published last month provides further evidence for this understanding of the role of negative feelings and procrastination. The College of New Jersey conducted a study to explore the relations between feelings and procrastination. Their focus was on collecting daily, repeated measures of feelings (both negative and positive) and their procrastination. The study showed that negative feelings did predict next day procrastination and positive feelings did not predict next day procrastination and procrastination didn’t predict next day negative feelings. In conclusion for our upcoming midterms try and stay away from negative feelings at all costs and get studying! Good luck students!

Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Is Brain Connectivity Connected with Exercise Intensity??

Psychology Today came out with an article reporting a new study that shows how low intensity exercise stimulates our brain networks that relate to cognitive control and our attention. Researchers also found that high intensity exercise activates brain networks related with emotional processing. Both intensities of exercise are associated with an increase in positive mood. Including both high and low intensity in a workout can affect how you think and feel. In the past scientists have gone on daily walks to stimulate cerebral brain functions. No matter what the intensity is, physical exercise can help improve your memory and mood!

Start of spring semester!

Welcome back students, staff and faculty!

We are excited to be back and start this spring semester!

We can’t wait to work with our students in the experimental psychology class and see their proposals and the experiments they will conduct this semester! Be on the lookout for them!!

Let’s have a great semester!

Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)


Learning and Behavior class presentations

Today our Learning and behavior class presented their topics on their final paper in class. Senior student, Jamie DeFrank, discussed whether or not eating disorders and body dissatisfaction could be caused by social media. She discussed  how social media is used daily and people are observing other peoples pictures that they post. Most pictures are focused on women’s bodies and the unrealistic beauty ideals that we see daily. She also questioned whether “likes” are a source of positive reinforcement for validity. Most celebrities and models get the most “likes” so Jamie feels that people who want to achieve the same amount of “likes” want to look like these models and celebrities which could potentially lead to eating disorders. In her presentation she also showed a variety of pictures from Instagram of celebrities and models and just how thin they all are.


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Senior Intern)

Santa Clarita School Shooting

This morning there was a school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. It’s sad to say that two students were killed during this tragedy and several others were injured including the shooter himself. According to the New York Times this is the eleventh school shooting in America this year. It’s sad to see all of these tragedies happening so often. Let’s keep these students, the school and all of the families in our thoughts!



Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Why get your Bachelor’s in Psychology??



Wondering why getting a Bachelors in Psychology is a good idea? The graph above shows just a few careers in the psychology field and what the potential salary could be. A degree in psychology can open the door to a variety of careers and it’s an opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives. It’s also a great way to learn more about yourself and others. It also teaches you how to analyze, organize and interpret data. Psychology is an awesome major!!


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!! We hope everyone has a great night. This is a reminder to be safe and respectful. This shows that costumes are not a type of consent! One of the best ways of consent is verbally. A costume is not a way of communicating someones consent. Consent should be given each time before a new activity. You should never refuse to acknowledge when someone says no.

Lets all be safe and have a fun time tonight!


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Senior Research Class Observational Study

Yesterday our senior research class conducted an observational study to track cooperative behavior for a reward. They had a box of doughnuts and in order for a student walking by to get one they had to dance first. The class found that students in groups were more likely to dance and if the student holding the “dance for doughnuts” sign was dancing a student passing by was also more likely to dance. The class also got our professor Chuck Levitan to join in on the dancing to get a doughnut!

Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Term of the Day!

Term of the Day!!

Phubbing: Ignoring someone’s company in order to pay attention to your phone.


This happens too often in society these days. You ever try and talk to your friend and they pull out their phone to look at while you’re talking? They’re being a phubber!


Don’t be a phubber! Give your full attention to people while they are talking to you! Be present.


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Junior Intern)

Psychology Professor Spotlight!




Donna Axton is a professor in our Psychology Department and the head of our Music Department. She has been a dedicated professor at SNC for over 30 years! Donna has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Piano. She also has a Marriage and Family Therapist License. Donna loves teaching all her classes but some of her favorites are Art Therapy, Clinical Methodologies, Abnormal Psychology, and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. When she’s not in the classroom she enjoys gardening, cooking, and playing in the two bands she’s a part of.  We are so lucky to have Donna as an integral part of our program!


Author: Jamie DeFrank (Intern)