College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology

Psychology and the Honors Thesis

Whitney and Kate

Whitney Brockus, Class of 2008,
discusses her honors thesis with Dr. Kate Morris.

Students in the Psychology Department regularly complete Honors Theses. Students who complete an Honors Thesis have the opportunity to develop and carry out a year-long empirical research project to investigate a psychological topic of interest. Thesis students work closely with a faculty adviser who supervises all aspects of the research. Thesis students first write a thesis proposal that is submitted for approval to the Honors Board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They then have the opportunity to apply for a thesis grant from the Holcomb Undergraduate Committee to fund their thesis research. If necessary, thesis writers apply for permission to conduct their research from the Institutional Review Board. When they have all the necessary approvals, thesis students then collect and analyze their data, write a formal report on their project, and present their results either at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference or at a national psychology conference. By completing an Honors Thesis, students gain invaluable experience for graduate study in psychology.

Below is a list of psychology majors who have completed an Honors Thesis in recent years:

Name Grad date Title
Kaylin Beckwith 2014

The Power of Art to Improve Mood in Grieving Children:  An Analysis of Collaborative Art Versus Individual Art

Jack Buckley 2014

Verbal Overshadowing in Earwitness Testimony

Rebekah Hale 2014

Take It But Don't Fake It:  Making Self-Monitoring Apparent to Reduce Fabrication on Personality Tests

Karina Hamamouche 2014

The Effects of Tylenol and Social Reception on Memory

Kelsey Hurm 2014

Substance Use and Subclinical Psychosis Symptoms

Sara Kern 2014

Evaluating Agentic Female Job Candidates:  The Effects of Gender and Qualification of Comparison Candidates

Alix McLaughlin 2014

Good Mood in Spanish, Bad Mood in English:  Is Mood Language-Dependent?

Michelle Miller 2014

Performance Evaluations:  What Do You Remember?

Angeline Modesti 2014

Chronic Versus Acute Threats:  Cancer Patients' Memories of Their Diagnoses

Alaina Rodriguez 2014

The Effects of Mood on Exhibiting and Experiencing Counterproductive Workplace Behaviors and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors from the Perspectives of Faculty, Staff, and Students

Chris Thompson 2014

Mindfulness, Flow, and the Performance and Emotional Outcomes That Distinguish Them

Gabrielle Weber 2014

Private Flashbulb Memories:  The Case of Coming Out Memories

Katherine Adams 2013

The Long-Term Effects of Positive Affect During Goal Adoption

Anthony Bergamini 2013

To Live is to Die:  The Effect of Mortality Salience on Memory and Comfort with Death

Christine Fisher 2013

Flashbulb Memories for Sexual vs. Emotional Infidelity in Men and Women

Jasmen Rice 2013

Election 2008:  Flashbulb Memories of Barack Obama's Election to the Presidency

Amber Sapp 2013

Semantic and Phonological False Memories in Adults' First and Second Language

Eileen Toomey 2013

Perceptions of Emotional Labor During Negative Feedback Role Play in an Academic Setting

Danielle Vaclavik 2013

Romantic Milestones:  The Effects of Evolutionary Impulses and Foreknowledge on Memories of First Kisses, First Sexual Encounters, and Marriage Proposals

Dominic Atkinson 2012

Emotion Yields Isolated Tunnel Memory, but Collaborative IMAX.

Claire Brownson 2012 Self-regulation: An 'Active Ingredient' in the Spirituality-Health Relationship.
Elizabeth Jennings 2012 African Elephant Calf Locomotion: Gait and Speed
Emily Lazar 2012 Investigating the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Desire for Social Distance from Individuals with Mental Illnesses.
Michael Leider 2012 Gaps in Memories: Evidence of a Hippocampal Refractory Period.
Anna Lezon 2012 Sleep Deprivation and Delusion Proneness: Influence on Dream Bizarreness.
Toni Maraldo 2012 Expressed Emotion and Attitudes Toward Body Image and Food.
Angela Mion 2012 Linguistic Devices, Emotionality, and Memorability of Computer Mediated Communication.
Sarah Pajkos 2012 A Threat to Evolutionary Fitness: How Much More Do You Remember?
Kendall Sauer 2012 Marriage Proposals: Do the Good Memories Last?
Kristi Summers 2012

If You're happy and You Know It, Concentrate!

2009-2011 Past Honors Theses

2006-2008 Past Honors Theses

2003-2005 Past Honors Theses