Psi Chi Poster Session (2005 RMPA)
Conference: Psi Chi Rocky Mountain Regional Convention Program (2005)
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2005
Psi Chi Poster Session
2:40 - 3:40 p.m., Mesquite Room
The Effects of Incentives on Student Evaluations of Instructors
KATHRYN J. WALLERT and AARON S. STEINERT, Fort Hays State University
The current study examined the effects of incentives (donuts) on student evaluations of 14 college professors. Results did not support the expectation that underclassmen would be more influenced by incentives than upperclassmen. Nor did instructors who gave incentives receive higher ratings than those who did not.
Student Attitudes Toward Physician-Assisted Suicide
DONNA K. FAY, Fort Hays State University
The attitudes of 142 college students toward physician-assisted suicide (PAS) were measured. Results revealed that strength of religion was negatively related to support of PAS. In addition, support for PAS and its legalization decreased when the situation did not include a terminal illness or disease coupled with great pain. Age, gender, and level of education were also related to attitudes.
The Three G's Workshop: GRE, Grants, and Graduate School
LINDSEY HARKABUS and JULIANNE DOYEN, Texas State University-San Marcos
Time management is extremely important for undergraduate students preparing to further their education. To assist this dilemma, a workshop called "The Three G's" was implemented. The workshop is opened to all students and provides preparation for the GRE, grant submissions, and support in preparing for all aspects of graduate school.
Nutritional Characteristics of Food Preferences During Joyous and Frustrated Mood States Among Women
RYAN HU and LISA COMER, University Of Northern Colorado
The present study is examining the relationship between the moods of joy and frustration and specific food preferences. A pilot study tested two distinct mood induction techniques. Participants will have one of the two moods induced and then complete a food preference worksheet containing both open-ended and closed-ended responses. Data collection is still in progress.
Locus Of Control and Self-Efficacy as Predictors of Adaptive Outcomes in Inner-City Youth
MATTHEW D. BROWN, DOUGLAS S. MARCHANT, JONATHAN D. ZABRISKIE, and JARED S. WARREN, Brigham Young University
Self-efficacy and locus of control were examined in adaptive outcomes. Self-efficacy was consistently more predictive of outcomes than locus of control.
Does Altering Contrast on Pictures Affect Perception of Attraction?
DANIEL MICHAELS, Lynn University
Altering the contrast of pictures was manipulated to measure its effects on perceived attraction. Approximately 120 students looked at either dark contrasted pictures (one male and one female), light contrasted pictures, or untouched pictures. Results indicated contrast does influence level of attraction.
The Impact of Light on Mood Within the College Population
DARREN M. ALLEN, Lynn University
The impact of light on participant's overall mood was examined. Approximately 90 students were administered mood questionnaires and asked to indicate their mood (emotional state) on that day. Results examined differences in mood between those exposed to bright natural light, and those not. The subject variable investigated was where the participants were originally from geographically.
Do Men or Women Remember Positive/Negative or Neutral Words Better?
ELIZABETH ALVAREZ, Lynn University
This study used approximately 120 students from a private south Florida university, ages 18-25. This study compared if males or females remembered more words and if the type of words made a difference. I used positive, negative and neutral words for my word list. Each student was given a survey asking them to write down as many words as they could remember after a 30-second retention interval.
Gender Differences in Multitasking
EMILY R. PINEYRO, Lynn University
The purpose of this experiment was to demonstrate the gender differences in multitasking among undergraduate students. Approximately 80 students were given either a simple task or multitasks to complete at the same time. Results indicated gender differences in completion of both simple and multitask conditions.
Appearance and Perception
GREGORY R. MAHONEY, Lynn University
This study investigated the influence of manipulating individual appearances. College students between the ages 18-35 participated and were exposed to pictures of individuals of varying appearances (e.g., hair messy or brushed). Results examined how the manipulated appearances differed between men and women.
Does Rap Music Influence Aggression?
NICOLE ROY, Lynn University
The influence of rap music on aggression was examined. Approximately 120 students were administrated an aggression questionnaire. Students in the experimental group were exposed to rap songs and then filled out and aggression questionnaire. Results examined both rap and non-rap music.
Does Hair Length Influence Perception?
RON ZAVLODAVER, Lynn University
The effects of hair length on perception were examined. Approximately 60 undergraduate students and 60 faculty members were given three different images with three different hair lengths and were told to rate their degree of favorability. Results suggest differences of hair length can influence a person's perception.
Do Pro- or Anti-Drug Motion Pictures Have an Effect on College Students' Substance Abuse Attitudes?
TIFFANY LOMAS, Lynn University
The effects of pro-drug scenes or anti-drug scenes were presented to determine if the viewer's substance abuse opinions were influenced. Approximately 120 students were administered drug questionnaires after watching either a pro-drug movie, or an anti-drug movie or no movie at all. Results examined the difference between gender and type of movie exposure.
Effects of Human/Animal Interactions on Levels of Empathy
DEBORAH A. GLADDING and SARA GUTIERRES, Arizona State University-West Campus
Effects of interaction with animals on levels of empathy were examined. Eighty-two students were randomly assigned to groups exposed or not exposed to animals, then completed an empathy scale. Exposure to animals was found to significantly increase empathic levels when interacting with animals compared to the non-exposure group.
An Examination of Circadian Rhythms and Self-Reported Grades of High School Students
ERIN TRIMBLE, University of Alaska Anchorage
The purpose of the study was to examine the correlation between circadian rhythms and grades in classes throughout the day in high-school students using the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire. No correlation was found.