Psychology - Research Experience

Students and faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences engage in collaborative research through the Research Seminar course and Discovery projects. Often, students present their research at professional and undergraduate psychology conferences, and submit their research for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Such research experience at the undergraduate level is increasingly critical to acceptance into doctoral programs in psychology.

Recent research projects include:

Posey, A. & Cushing, J. (2019). The little Freudian slippage: Coverage of the psychodynamic perspective in the undergraduate personality course. Teaching of Psychology, 46(3), 251-259.

Boruch, C., Wilhelm, I., Roth, J., Restuccia, M., & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2019). Turn up the heat: A study of religion and attractiveness. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Butler, J. & Elmore, D. (2019). Music's effects on self-control. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Farrell, E., Posey, A., & Salzmann, A. (2019). Does studying abroad affect personality? An examination of the Florence experience. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Finn, N. & Elmore, D. (2019). The effects if just world belief and primed religiosity on reactions to homelessness. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Gowasack, A. & Posey, A. (2019). The effect of gender and ideological similarity on perceptions of a persuasive source. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Roth, J., Restuccia, M., & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2019). The beloved sinner effect. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Roush, Farrell, E., & Posey, A. (2019). Elmore project: The complete genealogy of Benedictine College psychology students. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Barnes, R., Boruch, C., & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2018). Turn Up the Heat: A Study On Attractiveness. Presented at the joint conference of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) and Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS), Emporia, KS.

Roush, J. & Posey, A.(2018). Does Text Message Punctuation Affect Perceptions of Personality and Mood of the Sender? Presented at the joint conference of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) and Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS), Emporia, KS.

Roth, J., Restuccia, M., & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2018). The Beloved Sinner Effect. Presented at the joint conference of the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK) and Nebraska Psychological Society (NPS), Emporia, KS.

Fitzgerald, F., Watry, K., White, S. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2018). Pathway to academic success: a study of factors that influence GPA.  Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Gilme, M., McBride, I., & Posey, A. (2018). The effect of a classroom pet on the education of Pre-K students. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Loosbrock, S., Pokorny, M. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2018). Shut up, you're wrong! Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Wittig, C., Dzurik, T., Starrs, S. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2018). If I die before I wake: fear, horror, and religiosity. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Frohlich, G., Ross, S., & Singer, K. (2017). Social Media: A Neutral Environment? Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychologial and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Atchison, KS.

Girard, E. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2017). Counseling resources in the third world. Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychologial and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Atchison, KS.

Loosbrock, S., Pokorny, M., Aaker, M. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2017). "Shut up, you're wrong;” softening political extremism. Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychologial and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Atchison, KS.

Vinson, J., Farmer, C., Rickert, E., Russell, K., Wyatt, A., Zook., R., & Chen, E. C.-H. (2017). The effect of background music on an individual’s level of concentration of change of emotion. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Wittig, C., Dzurik, T., Starrs, S. & Buhman-Wiggs, A. (2017). If I die before I wake: fear, horror, and religiosity. Presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychologial and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Atchison, KS.

Carson, M. (2015). Theoretical explanations for vaccine refusal. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas, Salina, KS.

McCance, T., Collart, B., & Chen, E. C.-H. (2014). The effects of green tea and coffee on mental performance. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Cook, M., Pasley, J., Pellarin, E., Medow, K. & Baltz, M. (2013). Construct validation of the five love languages. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 18, 50-61.

Marek, S., Gross, A., & Posey, A. (2013). Creation and validation of an instrument to measure attitudes about adoption. Presented at Discovery Day at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS.

Stec, H. M., Carlson, V. A., Farrell, L. M., & Rangel, R. (2013). The state of grace scale: Operationalizing a virtuous life. Paper presented at the Great Plains Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Omaha, NE.

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