Psychology Students in Action
Studying the brain, personalities and human behavior is no small feat. While at Adrian College, students engage in their own research—some of which is presented at the annual Ribbons of Excellence conference.
In her experiment for the 2013 Ribbons of Excellence presentation, Ashley Vernier focused on crime. She studied individual’s feedback when recounting a mock crime video. The results of her studies helped her to discuss the implications in the context of eyewitness testimony and criminal justice court system questioning. Vernier focused on the ribbon Thinking Critically.
Expectations and pre-conceived notions are an important part of psychology. This four-person group—which included Jessica Heaven, Logan Hamel, Ashley Vernier and Melissa Woolsey—looked at the effects of an expectation when applied to exercise. Using three different groups of participants, they studied how rates of exercise fluctuated if participants were told that “studied have proven that exercise elevates mood.” The ribbon most exemplified in this presentation was Thinking Critically.
The world of online games—and inclusion or exclusion from them—was explored in Melissa Woolsey’s 2013 Ribbons of Excellence Presentation. Under the ribbon Thinking Critically, Woolsey looked at if cyber exclusion would affect the amount of prosocial behavior a participant performed afterward. The study was carried out through three groups of participants who were excluded, included or over-included in the game and judging their reactions with a set of tasks afterwards.
Mitchell Barnard, in his 2013 Ribbons of Excellence presentation, focused on the placebo response. His presentation focused on an experiment regarding a manual dexterity task. Participants were asked to perform the task, followed shortly thereafter by an expectation about the task: no expectation, unsure expectation or high expectation. The participants were asked to perform the task again, and results were calculated and presented at the conference.