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
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!
Katie Berg 2011 What Do You Expect? An Investigation of How Caffeine Expectancies Affect College Students' Cognitive Performance.
Elsa Carodenuto 2011 Arousal Effects on Memories of Romantic Relationships
Nicole Ehlert 2011 How Can Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder?: An Examination of the Differential Relationships Between Facets of Trait Emotional Intelligence and Three Types of Romantic Relationships.
Laura Fels 2011 Affect and Consequentiality Effects on Remembering Important Childhood Events.
Sarah Gillot 2011 How Sweet it Isn't: The Effects of Glucose on Retrieval of Narrative Memory.
Erin Good 2011 Effects of Mood on Using Analogies to Solve Problems and Reduce Conflict.
Laura Spice 2011 Induced Happiness Levels in the Classroom and their Effect on Academic Performance.
Walter Stamp 2011 Language Impairment in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease or Parkinson's Disease.
Myles Trapp 2011 The Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Impulsivity in College Students.
Katie Wainwright 2011 Positive Affect During Goal Adoption: Why Happiness Breeds Success.
David Briley 2010 The Impact of Imagined Reactions on Feelings about Disclosing Stigmatized vs. Non-Stigmatized Beliefs.
Alisha Cahue 2010 Positive Illusory Bias in College Students.
Nicholas Comotto 2010 Memories for Sexual Encounters: Sexual Attitudes, Personality, and Evidence for Personal Flashbulb Effects.
Rachel Jacks 2010 Influence of Contact on Grounded Attitudes Towards Homosexuals.
Eric Massey 2010 Memory Self-Efficacy's Effect on Confidence Ratings and Susceptibility to Misinformation on an Eyewitness Memory Task.
Lauren McClure 2010 Investigating Collaborative Inhibition as an Artifact of the Testing Procedure.
Samantha Meints 2010 The Effects of Emotions on the Memory of Autistic Children.
Heather Sperry 2010 Jumping to Conclusions Bias and Attitudes Towards Body Image and Food.
Natalie Terry 2010 The Effect of Emotion on Working Memory and Retention in Older and Younger Adults.
Megan Vaupel 2010 Behavior Patterns of Smooth Dogfish Sharks (Mustelus canis) in Captivity, with an Emphasis on "Spy-hopping."
Katie Watterson 2010 Does Religiosity Enhance Ability to Self-Regulate?
Josh Boeke 2009 So Many Choices, So Little Time: Religiosity and the Stress of Making Decisions.
Christopher Ketcham 2009 Do Physical Self-Efficacy, Health Self-Efficacy and Physical Self-Concept Differ Amongst College Students and Determine Physical Activity Levels Across the Life-Span?
Kaitlin Kiburz 2009 The Fate of Abandoned Answers.
Katie Krueger 2009 Sociological and Psychological Predispositions to Serial Murder.

2003-2005 Past Honors Theses

2006-2008 Past Honors Theses