Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Cognitive Science program are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.

In addition to this digital archive, physical copies of the Cognitive Science comps from the past five years are available for browsing in Music Hall 313.


Submissions from 2023

Fiona Gillen, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2023, “Life is Like a Video Game:” The Impact of Violent Media on Moral Development

Chiamaka Ifedi, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2023, A Social Intuitionist Perspective On Morality And Persuasion

Shannon Liu, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2023, Generalization of Attention and Working Memory Skills from Cognition Training Games by Elderly Clients: Does Lumosity Really Work?

Kayla Passino, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2023, Beyond Learning Styles: Applying Cognitive Science in the Classroom

Submissions from 2022

Isabella Chaffee, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, Bounded Morality: To What Degree Are Moral Judgments Similar to Non-Moral Judgments?

Jordan Navarro, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, Effect of Religiosity on the Conjunction Fallacy

Ali Purdum, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, The Tic-Reducing Effect of Music on Tourette's Syndrome

Julia Shirley, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, Cognitively Bounded Morality: How Cognitive Limits Could Impact Moral Decisions

Jed Villanueva, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2022, You Can’t Get Groovier Than This: A Replication of Janata et al. (2012)

Submissions from 2021

Lily Danna, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2021, Dopamine and Motivation in Schools: Implementing Teaching Methods that Increase Dopamine Release and Motivation in Grades 6-12

Laura Savage, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2021, Age and Distraction: A Misunderstanding of Memory

Submissions from 2020

Tyler A. Chang, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Emergence of Hierarchical Syntax in Neural Machine Translation

Alina Maki, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Comparing Lies by Size, Medium, and Perspective

Daniel Quintero, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Disruption of CSF Glymphatic Flow after Anti-AQP4 Antibody and Bumetanide Injection

Alex Zhai, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2020, Coarticulatory Influences of Liquid Consonant on Stop Perception in Tamarins (​Saguinus oedipus​)

Submissions from 2019

Ahmed Abdirahman, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2019, What Is Interaction? Embodied Interaction in Human-Computer Interaction

Morgan Ross, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2019, Quantifying Self-Phones: The Effects of Smartphone Usage on Self-Extension

Elliot Schwartz, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2019, The Effect of Repetition on Acceptability and Confidence Judgments of Linguistic Tokens

Valerie Umscheid, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2019, Academic Self-Concept, Theory of Intelligence, and Overconfidence in Late Elementary School

Submissions from 2018

Trixie Dao, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2018, The Child as a Consumer: Issues with Child-Directed Advertising

Submissions from 2017

Hanbit Shiny Choi, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, The Foreign Language Effect on The Sunk-Cost Fallacy with English-Chinese Bilinguals

Charlotte Duong, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Effects of Foreign Language of Decision Making

Jessi Gant Jacobsen, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Talking to nonnative speakers: Investigating language-specific audience design and cognate use

Yining Liu, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Using Self-paced Reading to Test the Syntactic Structure of Serial Verbs in Mandarin Chinese

Sanders Kai McMillan, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Creativity Embodied

Zachary Taylor Montes, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Hallucination as a Response to the Ecological Approach to Perception

Charles Hancock Moore, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Multisensory Illusions in Peripersonal Space Using Tools in Reality and Virtual Reality

Robbye Devyn Raisher, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Does Music Make You Smarter? The Legacy of the Mozart Effect®

Anna Pauliina Smith, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Effects of Cortical Schemas on Memory Trace Competition

Laura Katherine Soter, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Is Lying Less Wrong in a Foreign Language? Everyday Moral Reasoning and the Moral Foreign Language Effect in the Absence of Outcome Information

Hettie Kathryn Stern, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2017, Deaf Literacy: Learning to Read English with Strong ASL Skills

Submissions from 2016

Alexander Auyeung, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2016, Beyond Bambini: Montessori Methods for the College Classroom

Connor Ryan Dale, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2016, Inattentional Blindness in Early and Middle Childhood

Joyce Yu, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2016, Neuroprosthetics: Reconnecting with the World

Submissions from 2015

Emily Natanya Dorothy Bauer, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2015, The Evolution of Narrative Cognition

Carl Bou Mansour, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2015, Radical Testimony: An Exploration of Radical Embodiment and Credulous Testimony

Michelle Chen, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2015, To Afford or Not to Afford: Does the Digital Environment Have Affordances?

Andrew Hwang, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2015, Processing Fluency in Website Navigation

Submissions from 2014

Jeffrey Jordan Berg, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2014, A Bat and a Ball and a Ballot: Proposing a Cognitive Foundation for Partisan Ambivalence

Lauren Kathleen Chuin-Wei Chow, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2014, Use What You Already Know: Positive Language Transfer in Adolescent Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners

Nicholas Robert Jones, Noah Carnahan, Marcus Huderle, Zach Wood-Doughty, Tony Tran, and Cole Stephan, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2014, Plagiarism Detection

Rebecca Ruth Plotnick, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2014, Is There a Context Effect for the Identification of Brand Logos

Submissions from 2013

Benjamin Avi Altshuler, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2013, The Puzzle Puzzle: A Cross-disciplinary Approach

Kelsey Han, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2013, How We Make Meaning: The Mental Representation of Concepts in Cognitive Science

Patrick Nalepka, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2013, Us or Just You and Me? An Empirical Approach to Understand (Shared) Intentions in Joint Action

Lauren Elizabeth Partch, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2013, Neuroscience of Free Will

Andrea Marie Simenstad, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2013, Modeling Moral Cognition: Virtue Ethics and Connectionist Architecture

Submissions from 2012

Lauren Maria Hickman, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2012, How Cognitive is Cognitive Therapy?

Jane Madeleine Tandler, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2012, Ordering Disorganization Syndrome: Modeling Schizophrenic Language

Submissions from 2010

Elizabeth Hoffman Aeschlimann, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2010, Eliciting Emotion and Affect in Moral Judgment: An Examination of Intention, Personal Force and Personal Relevance

Heather Renee Campbell, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2010, Emergent Consciousness: An ant-based explanation of subjective experience

Laura Elise Stone, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2010, Stereotype Alteration through a Cognitive Dual-Process Lens: Examining Stereotype Knowledge Structures, Stereotyping Processes, and Perspective Taking

Submissions from 2009

Kathryn Stroud, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2009, Cue type and biasing verb presence: factors influencing false memory development in pseudo-jurors

Submissions from 2005

Drew Dara-Abrams, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2005, Architecture of Mind and World: How Urban Form Influences Spatial Cognition

Alanna McLeod, Cognitive Science (CGSC) 2005, ”Putting the Baby Down”: The Role of Physical Proximity in Mother-Infant Vocal Communication