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Psychology Department

Psychology Honors Theses

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
Nicholas Denney 2017 Using the Placebo Effect as a Potential Mediator for Stereotype Threat
Brennen Duke 2017 Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine in a Three Bottle Choice Paradigm in Mice
Emily Farrer 2017 Play it Again Sam!  Using Individualized Music Listening to Improve the Social Interactions of Dementia Patients
Ariana Hays 2017 What am I Thinking Right Now?  Social Anxiety Symptomology and its Impact on Theory of Mind Ability
Kathryn Kincaid 2017 Why Can't a Woman Fail Like a Man?  Gender Differences in Perceived Competence Following a Mistake
Stephanie Kuhlman 2017 Disordered Eating Habits and Theory of Mind in Undergraduate Students
Natalie Nusinow 2017 Episodic Salutary Experiences (ESG):  A New Type of Positive Affect and Its Relationship to Physical Health
Trevor Spelman 2017 Can You Feel It?  How Asking Influences Experiences of Psychophysiological States
Brett DeWitt 2018 Emotional Effects on Retrograde Memory
Jessica Dupree 2018 Memories of Trump's Election:  Flashbulb Recall
Hannah Faccio 2018 What a Difference a Course Makes:  Early College Experience Fosters Flexible and Transcendent Self-Identities
Ashley Lane 2018 Are the Highly Religious Better at Resisting Temptation
Julia Machado 2018 The Social Behavior of African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Juveniles
Amanda Wallace 2018 Matched vs. Mismatched Gender and Course Subject Effects of Learning
Katherine Benson 2019 Drinking in the Dark:  Voluntary Co-Consumption of Nicotine and Alcohol for Binge-Like Drinking Behavior in Mice
Bri Borri 2019 Disordered Eating Habits, Emotion Regulation, and Theory of Mind in Undergraduate Students
Emily Flandermeyer 2019 The Effect of Cognitive Flexibility on Career Indecision and Anxiety
Montana Jenkins 2019 "Wide-Awake Drunk":  Observing the Effects of Combined Alcohol and Caffeine on Somatic Withdrawal Signs in c57Bl/J Mice
Brandon Knepper 2019 Gait Development in African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Calves
Sammy Ruppert 2019 Sex Differences in the Play of African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Calves in Captivity


Name Grad date Title
Julie Erwin 2016

The Effects of Sleep Quality on Theory of Mind

Dan Evans 2016

Effects of Exogenous Moving Cue on Reaction Time and Response Error Rates

Emily Farrer 2016

Play it Again, Sam! Using Individualized Music Listening to Improve the Social Interactions of Dementia Patients

Colleen Frank 2016

If They're Happy, Do You Know It? A Direct Comparison of the Emotion Recognition Abilities of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease Patients

Katie Kirkham 2016

Hay, What's That Smell? The Effects of Barn-Associated Odors on Equestrians and Non-equestrians

Lauren Murphy 2016

Good Leaders Give Good Feedback: How Distance and Implicit Theories Affect Feedback Reactions

Natalie Nusinow 2016

Episodic Salutary Experiences (ESG): A New Type of Positive Affect and Its Relationship to Physical Health

Paige Poure 2016

The Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on Students' Creativity

Laura Beer 2015

How Social Relationships Develop for an African Elephant Calf (Loxodonta Africana) under Human Care

Elizabeth Davis 2015

 Let's Talk About Sex:  Sexual Health and Communication in Romantic Partners Based on Attachment Style

Catherine Geanon 2015

To Be or Not to Be...Greek:  A Study of Theory of Mind and Moral Development in Greek and Non-Greek Students

Leah Gerber 2015

An Information Intervention:  Examining the Roles of Hedonic and Endaimonic Happiness on Environmentally Sustainable Behavior

Ian Katz 2015

Give It to Me Straight:  Examining Implicit Theory Fit and Feedback Environment in Undergraduate Research Relationships

Ellen Kendall 2015

Stereotype Threat and OCD:  The Impact of Messy vs. Clean Environments on Cognitive Test Performance

Nicole Lyons 2015

The Social Relationships of a Captive African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Calf

Karsen McCloud 2015

Investigation of the Correlation Between OCD Symptomatology and Theory of Mind Ability

Bella Manfredi 2015

Does Multisensory and Active Learning Facilitate or Interfere with Memory for Individuals with ADHD Symptomology?

Renato Puga 2015

The Effects of Tylenol in Non-Social Emotional Memory Effects

Alexandra Robinson-Norris 2015

Memory on Ice:  Retrograde Enhancement of Thematic Information

Gabrielle Tatara 2015

The Effects of God Primes on Prosocial Behavior After Ego-Depletion

Zach Walter 2015

The Outer Limits of Cognitive Processing Patterned Matrices

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!


Name Grad date Title
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.


Name Grad date Title
Whitney Brockus 2008 The Evaluation of Men in Cross-Gender Majors
Laura Cobb 2008 Does Stereotype Threat Affect Intelligence Test Performance in Students with ADHD?
Delphia Flenar 2008 Examining the Effects of Self-Affirmation on Evaluations of Heterosexism
Adam Hilliard 2008 Everybody Hurts, Sometimes: Memories of Physical Trauma
Jasmine Khosravi 2008 Autobiographical Memories for Social Evens: Effects of Emotional Valence
Kara Shaneyfelt 2008 Flashbulb Memory: Private Memories for Car Accidents
Jenna Thomas 2008 Emotional Contagion and Gender Differences in Memory for First Kisses
Brett Agypt 2007 Memories of Parental Divorce Announcements
Susanne Biehle 2007 Social Judgments of the Grief Reactions of Men versus Women: Does Gender of the Griever Impact How Expressions of Grief Are Perceived?
Adam Congleton 2007 Overcoming Test Anxiety: Implanted Memories of Success
Ashley Gretencord 2007 Children's Stereotypes about the Elderly: What Do Children Believe and How Do These Beliefs Develop?
Paul Hutman 2007 Elderspeak: Speech Accommodations to the Elderly
Megan Julian 2007 Measures of Flashbulb Memory: Are Extensive Memories Consistently Accurate?
Megan Mull 2007 Effect of Mood Induction and Language on Memory for Emotional Content in Bilinguals
Jade Presnell 2007 Interpreting Ambiguous Behavior: Impact of Mentally Ill and Racial Stereotypes
Andrew Butler 2006 Memory for Emotional Versus Neutral Images Over Time: Time to Recall Reveals Emotional Modulation of Memory with Evolutionary Implications
Jeffrey Conway 2006 Investigating the Relationship Between Seasonal Affective Disorder and Academic Performance Longitudinally.
Megan France 2006 Social Relations of Three Captive Southern White Rhinoceroses: Two Females Approaching Reproductive Maturity and a Male Peer
Marchion Hinton 2006 Romance Remembered: Consistency based on Arousal
Lacy Lesmiester 2006 Are Grad School Acceptances and Rejections Equally Memorable?
Mary Margaret Montgomery 2006 The Effects of Depressive Symptomology on Confirmation Bias
Taylor Moore 2006 How Students' Feedback to Their Peers is Affected by Race and Self-Affirmation


Name Grad date Title
Stephanie Barga 2005 The Effects of Time Zone and Distance on Flash Bulb Memory
Genny Davis 2005 Need for Cognition and Jumping to Conclusions
Drew Heckman 2005 Adult-Child-Adult Speech Sequences in Spanish-speaking Mothers
Alison Kozlowski 2005 The Influence of Style of Dress and Nature of Relationship on Female Perceptions of Another Female
Jennifer Money 2005 The effect of Course Exam Grade on Memory and Academic Self-Efficacy.
Amanda Kras 2004 Best Friends vs. Celebrities: How Interloper Salience Affects Relationship Members
Rachel Barnett 2004 The Social and Sexual Behaviors of Three Southern White Rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum simum) at the Indianapolis Zoo
Melissa Blitsch 2003 Caregiver Influence on Children's Anxiety: Do Parents Help or Hurt?
Stephenie Chaudoir 2003 The Unobtainable Ideal: Examining the Impact of Thin-ideal Media Images on Self-objectification, Negative Affect, and Math Performance.
Kiara Flanders 2003 The Role of Facial Feedback on the Perceived Intensity of Categorical Emotions
Jared Linck 2003 Negative Evidence in Spanish: The Effects of Adult Corrections on the Grammaticality of Children's Speech
Jennifer Skelding 2003 The Effects of Facial Expression on Face Recognition
Sarah Teague 2003 The Effects of Short-term Reduction of Social Internet Use on Self-esteem and Loneliness in College Students