Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Psychology Department 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 Psychology comps from the past five years are available for browsing in Music Hall 313.


Submissions from 2020

Alexander Frieden, Abstract Visual Pre-Cue Improves Reaction Time to a Syllabic Differentiation Task, 2020, Psychology (PSYC)

Submissions from 2019

Gifty Amos Nwankwo, “That Actually Hurts”: Exploring Black Women’s Believed Immunity to the Effects of Negative Body-Image Perpetuated by Media, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Derin Arduman, The Causes, Manifestations and Prevention of the Political Abuse of Psychiatry in Eastern Europe and China, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Kyle Berglund, Why Do We Kill? A Review of Past and Current Theories on the Nature of Murder, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Emily Boxrud, Fit-Ideal Media and Eating Disorder Development: Pathways for Influencing Disordered Thinking and Behavior, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Shannon Branigin, Education, Engagement, and Advocacy: A Framework for the Roles of Social Media in LGBTQA Identity Development and Expression, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Jennifer Chan, Empathizing with Criminal Intent: Taking Moral Transgressors' Perspectives, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Cecily Conour, The Moderating Roles of Maternal Solicitousness and Catastrophizing in Child Pain Severity and Functional Disability, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Eveline Dowling, Hate Trumps Love: What is the Role of Contempt in American Politics?, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Cory Renay Friendshuh, The Efficacy and Potential of Therapeutic Communities as an Alternative Model of Mental Health Care, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Zoe Harris, The Magic of Summer Camp? The Effects and Mediating Features of a Camp Experience on Adolescent Self-Perceptions, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Katharine Hauge, Response to Trauma Across Cultures, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Abby Ilardi, Examining the Relationship Between Gratitude and Well-Being in Populations with Chronic Illness, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Cheyenne Joshua, Neonaticide, Infanticide, and Filicide: The Role of Mental Illness as a Precipitating Factor, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Yoojin Kim, Do Humans Crave Violence? Motivations for Enjoyment of and Engagement in Violent Media, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Christopher Kwon, Histological Analysis of Age-dependent ß-Amyloidosis and Reactive Astrogliosis in a Primate Model (Saguinus oedipus) of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

William E. Lanzillo, Reimagined Sculpture, 2019, Art Studio (ARTS), Psychology (PSYC)

Chris Leppink-Shands, nterspecies Cooperation in Cooperative Breeders: A Cooperative Button-Pushing Task with Cotton-Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus), 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Charlotte Liu, Re-examining the Immigrant Paradox on Adolescents’ Internalizing Mental Health: The Mediating Roles of Family and School Support, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Xinyi Liu, If It Bleeds, It Leads: Human Curiosity Regarding Negative Social Events, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Alexander S. Mackiel Jr, Aggression as a Strategy for Solving Adaptive Problems of Mating, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Marshall Ma, Do App-Based Mindfulness Programs Reduce Stress and Increase Well-Being?, 2019, Psychology (PSYC), Statistics (MAST)

Annika Martensson, The Effects of Photo-Based Social Media on Disordered Eating, Body Image, and Excessive Exercise, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Nam Anh Quoc Nguyen, Revenge in Romantic Relationships and Intimate Partner Violence, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Isabelle Rieth, The Role of the VMHvl in Aggression and Reproductive Behaviors: Implications for Sexual Violence, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Edylwise Romero, “He shot at us as we ran away”: Filial Piety and Intimate Partner Violence in the Philippines, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Nicholas Schally, Child-Focused, Parent-Focused, and Integrated Therapy in Child-to-Parent Violence, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Maddie Sherwood, Intermittent Explosive Disorder: Neurobiological Correlates, Role of Childhood Trauma, and Treatment Interventions, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Phoebe Smith, Addicted or Not: An Evaluation of the Psychological Processes Involved in Social Media Addiction, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Olivia Sterling-Maisel, Narcissism in Organizational Contexts: Do You Want Narcissists in Your Workplace?, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Sandra M. Taylor, Monitoring Mental Health Through The Use of Mobile Sensoring of Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Anna Viner, The Importance of Replication as Applied to the Milgram Studies, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Julia Wellisch, Understand and Preventing Vicarious Trauma in Counseling Professionals, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Lena Elisabeth White, Never Forget, Never Again: Effects of Historical Victimization on Jewish Attitudes Towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 2019, Psychology (PSYC)

Submissions from 2018

Evan Robert Anderson, Revisability in Text-Based Communication: Turn-Taking and Collaborative Efficiency, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Sophie Louise Bokor, The Synergistic Effect of Unwanted Pregnancy and Low Socioeconomic Status on Adverse Outcomes for Child Health and Psychosocial Development, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Azucena Briones, Cognitive and Social Motivations for Codeswitching, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Jeremy Aaron Brog, Depressive State Personality: A Review of Personality and Depression Literature, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Brandon Allen Carrillo, Putting the FAKE in FAKE NEWS: The relationship between trust-relevant social priming and judgments of truth, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Emily Bliss Cudhea-Pierce and Maryam Hedayati, Are Transfer Effects in the Cards? Mnemonic training on Speed Cards and its effects on other cognitive tasks, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Katie Li Eppard, Investigating conservation of number in cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) and young children (Homo sapiens) when motivation is increased, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Nnenna O. Ezem, STEM vs Fem: A Cognitive and Social Approach to Examining the Different Factors Potentially Keeping Black Women Out of STEM Fields, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Anna Marie Flitner, Examining the Influence of Intervention Programs on Kindergarten Readiness: An Evaluation of Bridges to Kindergarten, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Maurice Edward Hicks, Lucid Dreaming Therapy as an Effective Cognitive Approach in the Treatment of PTSD, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Paulina Men Min Hoong, Examining Self-Presentation in Online Dating Using Social Exchange Theory, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Dorrian Sage Jaffe, The Effects of Irregular Ghrelin, Leptin, and Dopamine Levels on the Development of Anorexia Nervosa, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Sophia Campbell Jenkins, Schemas and Narrative: The Effect of Stories Read on Stories Told, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Lauren Grace Kempton, Time to give up on a single animal model of autism spectrum disorder, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Sandy Lor, Parental Traumatic Experiences May Predispose Children to Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Later in Life: An Epigenetic Perspective, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Sarah Wynne Magid, Ilia Harat Widman, and Theresa Marie Green, Effect of Prior Consensual Sexual Activity and Perpetrator Reputation on Rape Blame, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Byronlyn Evelyn Agnes Mappy, Primary Use of MRI and fMRI in ADHD Assessment as a Qualitative Tool to Counter the Effects of Clinician Bias, Age, Gender, and SES, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Vanessa Martinez-Hernandez, Do We Work Harder When We Receive Less? Comparing Pigeon and Human Effort Toward Easy and Difficult Schedules of Reward, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Paula Caley Mattlin, Potential Applications of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Middle School Students Across Levels of Functioning, Well-Being, Diagnosis, and Lack of Diagnosis, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Adam Gabriel Moreno-Mendelson, Sister Morphine: Treating Adolescent Opioid Addiction, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Aidan Francis Mullan, My Group is Better Than Yours: Perception of Personality and Character Differences Under Minimal Groups, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Nina Emily Muller, Resilience Through Dog Ownership and its Applications, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Timothy K. Oliver, Gender and Partner Type Have Significant Effects on Theory of Planned Behavior Variables Regarding Condom Use, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Helen Anne Paglia, ΔFosB/FosB expression in the ventromedial hypothalamus as an indicator of the rewarding aspects of olfactory/auditory cues of mating in sexually naïve female rats, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Kelsey T. Plank and Wendy Lo, Conceptual Pacts: Optimizing the Spectrum of Flexibility for Effective Communication, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Laudie Rose Soltero Porter, "Though this be madness, yet this is method in 't" The role of dialectic shifting in the comprehension of Shakespearean verse, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Abigail Sharer, Exercising Effectiveness: Examining the Relationship Between Exercise, Self-Efficacy, and Anxiety, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Steve Muhammad Toure, Media Representation: Effects on Perception of Women and Gendered Performances, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Katie Olsen Tritschler, Learning in Two Languages: Examining Language Allocation Practices in Immersive Primary Education, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Alperen Turrkol, Remembering Ads: Relationship between Types of Recall and Effectiveness of Advertisements, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Sabrina Ellena Velasco, The Link Between the Brain-Gut Axis and Depression via Tryptophan Metabolism and Microbes, 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Caroline McConnell Wheeler, Statistical Inference in College Students and Cotton-Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus), 2018, Psychology (PSYC)

Submissions from 2017

Gabrielle Bierlein-De La Rosa, Increased Fos Expression in the Right Prefrontal Infralimbic Subregion of Sexually Experienced Female Rats, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Daniel Max Black, Pair Bonding and Romantic Love are Driven by Parallel Reward Areas but Differ in Recruitment of Cortical and other Sub-Cortical Areas, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Allison Anna Brown, The Comorbidity of Psychopathy and Substance Abuse Disorder, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Violet Aurora Brown, More Than Meets the Ear: Contributions of Vision to Spoken Word Recognition, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Jocelene Caballero, Exploring Prejudice Reduction Models: How effective is Intergroup Contact in Reducing Prejudice in School Children?, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Sijin Chen, Tactical Deception in Cotton Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus), 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Peter James Dehkes, Does false familiarity affect confidence?, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Kara Reid Forde, Laughing Away Our Troubles: How Humor Functions as a Mechanism for Coping with Stress, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Elissa Ann Koele, The Effect of Emotional Valence on Primacy/ Recency Memory in College Students, Geriatric Patients, Alzheimer's Patients, and Cotton-Top Tamarins, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Joshua Huang Kwan and Erick Sirisoukh, Was That a Compliment? The Costs and Benefits of Positive Stereotypes Through the Lens of the Asian American Model Minority Stereotype, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Leslie Shuying Mei, The Effect of Feedback Presentation on Perceptions of Personality Assessment, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Madeleine Merchant, Group Differences in Audiovisual Integration, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Austin Reid Neureiter, ADHD: A Cross Cultural Examination of Measured Prevalence, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Rachel Elizabeth Olson, Factors Contributing to Eating Disorder Prevalence in Post-Communist Czech Republic, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Acer Kaiaina Takeo Pahukoa, Perceived Differences and Stigma Associated with Gender in Sports, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Riley Jacob Phelps, Choking Under Pressure in Sport and the Ameliorating Effects of Education, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Katharine Johanne Picard, The Role of Family in the Development and Treatment of Eating Disorders, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Pombie Silverman, Dietary Patterns and Self-Harm Risk in Adolescents, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Pombie Sarah Camilla Magalhaes Silverman, Dietary Patterns and Self-Harm Risk In Adolescents, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Melanie Hagen Teruya, I told you not to listen! Do warnings decrease the effect of Social Contagion on false memory formation?, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Claire Lorane Thallon, The Pathophysiology of Alzheimer's in the Entorhinal Cortex: Evidence for an integrative model on the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Ethan Joel Trujillo, Ian Kodjovi Kpachavi, and Ria Sekhawat, Brand Recognition: The Impacts of Fear and Humor, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Stephanie Valle and Kelsey Qu, The Effect of Attributional Retraining on Self Efficacy for Math Abilities in Middle School Students, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Marcus A. van Ginkel, Cognitive Enhancement Effects of Adrafinil on Spatial Working Memory of Rats, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Martha Lynn Waterfield, Do Classic Hallucinogens Have Therapeutic Properties? A Focus on Depression Treatment, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Sarah Elizabeth Whisler, The Beneficial Use of Dog Therapy as a Complementary Non-Traditional Treatment in the Elderly Population, 2017, Psychology (PSYC)

Submissions from 2016

Corey Pence Allred, The role of anxiety levels in cognitive performance: A study of the emotional Stroop test, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Jessica Hellring Arnell and Alexandra Sophia Jordan Dulles, What You Did Not Nose About Olfaction: The Psychobiology of Smell, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Caleb Eisen Flack, The Effects of Supplementing the Brain Disease Model of Mental Illness with Non-Dangerousness Information on Public Stigma, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Grace Elizabeth Gilmore, SAD all Winter: The Biological Basis of Seasonal Affective Disorder, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Sam Hayward, The Role of Language and Culture in the Better Than Average Effect: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between India and the United States, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Halie M. Langanki, An Effective Model of Alzheimer's Disease, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Aidan Robin Larse, Caffeine can increase incidence of musical chills: Interactions with song familiarity, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)

Jae Eun Lee, Can Reframing the Label Feminist Reduce its Stigma?, 2016, Psychology (PSYC)