Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives



November 10, 2006
Jennifer Lovell ’06, Abby Diehl ’06, Elizabeth Joyce ’07, Jenifer Cohn ’06, Jose Lopez ’06 and Fay Guarraci, assistant professor of psychology, had a manuscript titled “Some Guys Have All The Luck: Mate Preference Influences Paced-Mating Behavior in Female Rats” accepted for publication in Physiology & Behavior.


April 21, 2006
Students, faculty, and recent graduates of the Psychology Department captured many of the undergraduate research awards at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA) annual meeting in Austin April 13-15. First place in the Undergraduate Research Competition went to Emily Taylor, Mark Morrow and Richard Osbaldiston for “Size matters: Perception of nutrition through serving sizes.” Southwestern students also won four of 10 cash awards given for the best abstracts submitted to the Psi Chi program.  These research groups are Christine Chalmers, Samantha Borrego, Candace Tribble and Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus for “Autism and executive functions: The effect of motivational/attentional accomodations;” Sarah Gomillion for “Explaining changes in voting preference over time in university students;” Carlee McConnell and Elissa Lewis for “Prejudice and partisanship: The connection between racial and political attitudes;” and Mary Beth Pinnell, Molly Peterson and Bryan Neighbors for “Internal and external factors associated with sexual risk-taking in college students.”  In addition, Jessica DeFilippo, Elissa Lewis and Bryan Neighbors presented “Gender specificity in parental and romantic attachment;” Elissa Lewis, Mary Ann Erwin-Hartley ’04, Jessica DeFelippo and Bryan Neighbors presented “Loves me not: Current parental attachment and personality dysfunction.” Richard Osbaldiston chaired the Society for Applied Multivariate Research Workshop “Introduction to meta-analysis.” 


November 4, 2005
Fay Guarraci, assistant professor of psychology, and Staci Benson '05 co-authored a manuscript "Coffee, Tea and Me: Moderate Doses of Caffeine Affect Sexual Behavior in Female Rats," which was accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.

Guarraci and junior Melanie Stanzer have been awarded a $1,500 grant from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services in cooperation with Pre-hospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) to conduct a study on the psychological well-being of paramedics. The project titled "Stress, Social Support and Partner Preference of Paramedics" was one of the two proposals nationwide that were funded. Stanzer has been invited to present the results from her study at the 2007 Emergency Medical Service Today Conference and Exposition. Her results also will be published in the May 2007 issue of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Click here to visit Guarraci's website.


April 30, 2005
Students and faculty within the Psychology Department returned this week from Memphis, Tenn., where they presented nine talks at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA). Two of these papers won second and third place in the undergraduate paper competition sponsored by the Southwestern Comparative Psychological Association that meets in conjunction with the SWPA. Students Elizabeth Riedlinger (second) and J. Blair Quinius (third) won recognition for their presentations on cuttlefish cognition and laterality in chimpanzees, respectively. The specific talks, and their presenters are as follows: Stephen L. Carlson (Belmont University), and Jesse E. Purdy, "Aversive conditioning in cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)"; Elizabeth M. Riedlinger, Anne E. Peters, and J.E. Purdy, "The role of the CS in determining the nature of the CR in cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)"; A.S. Richardson, S. P. Lambeth, and Steven J. Schapiro, "Using choice procedures to determine musical preferences in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)"; J. Blair Quinius, S. J. Schapiro, and W.D. Hopkins, "Analysis of handedness and laterality through observation of bipedal reaching in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)"; R.E. White, S. J. Schapiro, and W.E. Hopkins, "Inverted and isometric acquisition of joystick tasks in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)"; S. P. Lambeth, J. Hau, J.E. Perlman, M.A. Martino, and S.J. Schapiro, "Positive reinforcement training effects on physiological measures in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)"; Fay A. Guarraci, "The medial preoptic area plays a critical role in sexual motivation in female rats"; Anastasia Benson, Brittany L. Mason, and F.A. Guarraci, "Moderate doses of caffeine alter sexual motivation in female rats"; M.A. Krause and J.E. Purdy, "Toward a methodology to determine salmon responses to social and predatory vocal cues of killer whales."


September 30, 2004
Senior psychology major Abby Riggs won first place in the Psi Chi/J.P. Guilford national paper competition. The award honors the best undergraduate empirical paper in psychology and comes with a $1000 stipend. Her paper, "'His and her' heart attacks: The effects of gender relevance on women's receptiveness to health-related information," was based on research conducted with Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, and fellow students Erin Crockett and Aubrey Buckert.


April 11, 2004
Southwestern University was well represented at the 50th annual Southwestern Psychological Association Convention in San Antonio last week. Jesse Purdy, professor of psychology, presented the invited Psi Chi lecture titled "The Future and Promise of Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology." Paper presentations were also made by Elizabeth Cheaney and Purdy, titled "New Procedure for Assessing Foraging Strategies in Fish"; Fay Guarraci, "The Neurobiology of Paced Mating Behavior in the Female Rat"; Purdy, Nichole Buehler and Sheralyn Chilson, "Empirical and Functional Analyses of Trills in Male Weddell Seals"; and Nicole Buehler, Margaret Remkus and Cristy Torres, et. al titled "Additional Assessments of Laterality in Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes). Southwestern University students and faculty also contributed numerous poster presentations: Genevieve Pruneau, Bryan Neighbors, assistant professor of psychology, and Elizabeth Vera presented "Attachment and Psychopathology: Attachment Security, Axis I Symptoms, and Gender." Rebecca Stelter, Ashley Still, Kamini Verma, and Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus, professor of psychology, presented "Who Dunnit? Attractiveness Stereotypes and Children's Responses to Leading Questions." Ashley Hadsell, Neighbors, and Erin L. Leverenz presented "Are Parental Attachment Security and Adult Romantic Attachment Styles Related?" Abigail Riggs, Erin Crockett and Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, presented "Pink Slips and Black Cats: The Relationship Between Stress and Superstition." Nicole Blanchett, Erin Puckett, Sarah Barnett and Muir-Broaddus presented "Life After College?: Factors Influencing Seniors' Post-Graduation Plans." Aubrey D. Buckert, Genevieve Pruneau and Giuliano presented "Mr. and Mrs. Know-It-All: Perceptions of Individuals Demonstrating Male Answer Syndrome." Tara Cummings, Neighbors, Ellen Gass and Amy Casbeer presented "Interparental Conflict Associated with Parent-Young Adult Child Attachment Security." Mary Ann Erwin, Neighbors, Elizabeth Vera, and Heidi Tesch presented "Dimensions of Romantic Attachment and Symptoms of Psychopathology." And, Brandy Ledbetter and Neighbors presented "Eating Disorder Traits and Romantic Attachment." Notably, Southwestern University students won five of the 12 Psi Chi Undergraduate research prizes awarded at the conference. The papers first-authored by Nicole Blanchett, Aubrey Buckert, Mary Ann Erwin, Brandy Ledbetter, and Abby Riggs each won $300 for being among the best papers submitted by members of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology.


January 15, 2004
Two psychology research groups were awarded Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants in national competition. Nicole Blanchett, Sarah Barnett, Erin Puckett, and Professor Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus were awarded $1170 to study "Predictors of Decision-making among College Seniors," and Aubrey Buckert, Kathryn Hodges, Annie Peters, and Professor Jesse Purdy were awarded $1440 to study "The Role of Congruence between the CS and US and the Role of the US in Determining the nature of the CR in Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)."


November 20, 2003
Southwestern University was represented by 27 students and five faculty at the 49th annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in New Orleans in mid-April. A number of students and faculty made research presentations: Jesse Purdy, "Social interactions in Weddell seals, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica;" Michelle Thibodeau, Beth Goetz, Bryan Neighbors, Amanda Seale, Sara Skladal and Desiree Whitley, "Are sorority members at greater risk for developing eating disorders?;" Jill Hogue, Matthew Hall and Traci Giuliano, "Girls just wanna have...FARM (Female Athletic Role Models);" Beth Goetz, Michelle Thibodeau, Bryan Neighbors, Desiree Whitley, Sara Skladal and Amanda Seale, "Eating disorder symptoms: Comparing women from small and large colleges;" Alexa Hampel, Miriam Matthews and Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus, "Planning for the future: Decision-making among college seniors;" Stephanie Braccini and Steven Schapiro, "The use of a bimanual task to assess tool use, handedness, and grip preferences among chimpanzees;" Maggie Remkus and Steven Schapiro, "The effects of the presence of an infant on the behavior of socially-housed adolescent female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes);" Maria Kasper and Steven Schapiro, "The number of adult males in a group affects the activity patterns of socially housed male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes);" Wade Kothmann, Jesse Purdy and Steven Schapiro, "Can chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) learn an eyes open/eyes closed stimulus discrimination task?;" and Rebecca Stelter, Aeron Aanstoos, Stephanie Orin and Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus, "Influence of attractiveness stereotypes and cognitive abilities on children's suggestibility." Special congratulations to Jill Hogue and Michelle Thibodeau who won Psi Chi Regional Research Awards of $300 for their excellent submissions.


September 30, 2003
The research lab of Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, presented four papers at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society this summer in Atlanta, Ga: (1) Giuliano, Jennifer Knight '00, and seniors Kelly Turner and James Lundquist presented "Like Mike or Mia? The Selection and Influence of Elite Athletic Role Models;" (2) James Lundquist, Giuliano, and senior Krista Wilke presented "The emergence of professional female athletes as role models;" (3) Jennifer Knight and Giuliano presented "The impact of heterosexist portrayals on perceptions of male and female athletes;" and (4) Kelly Turner, Giuliano, James Lundquist, and Jennifer Knight presented "Twice as nice: The double burden of contemporary female athletes."


January 9, 2003
 Jennifer Knight '00, now in the I/O Ph.D program at Rice, and Associate Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano recently learned that their article titled, "Blood, Sweat, and Jeers: The Impact of the Media's Heterosexist Portrayals on Perceptions of Male and Female Athletes," will be published in an upcoming issue of the "Journal of Sport Behavior."


August 18, 2002
The Mundy Faculty Fellowships for 2002-03 include a project entitled: Professional Female Athletes: Role Models and Heroes for the 21st Century by Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, and James Lundquist, Class of 2003.


June 14, 2002
Associate Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano and her former student Jennifer Knight, Southwestern class of 2000, recently had their research about the media's portrayal of female athletes featured in the June 2002 issue of Allure magazine. Their paper, "He's a Laker; she's a 'looker': The consequences of gender-stereotypical portrayals of male and female athletes by the print media," [read] was originally published in the interdisciplinary journal Sex Roles. According to Knight, currently a graduate student in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Rice University, their research found that "when media focus on more peripheral aspects, like attractiveness or marital status, people de-value women as athletes." Allure, which is geared toward "the professional modern woman interested in fashion, beauty and fitness," has a national circulation of more than 875,000.


May 30, 2002
A number of psychology students and faculty presented their research in April at the 48th annual Southwestern Psychological Association Convention in Corpus Christi. Jesse Purdy, professor, presented an invited lecture and conversation hour titled "The World of Weddell Seals in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica." Two papers won cash awards in the Psi Chi Undergraduate Paper competition. These included a paper by students Susan Cates, Jenny George, Christina Young, Sarah Fuentes, and Jacquie Muir-Broaddus, associate professor, titled "Fatty Fatty Two by Four: Children's perceptions of teasing," and a paper by students Sara Sabzevari, Laney Walden, Ashlie Brown and Muir-Broaddus titled "Teacher knowledge and practices with respect to ADHD." Student Audrey Dickey, Steve Schapiro, associate professor, et al., presented "Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) personality dimensions and correlated behavior," and student Stephanie Braccini presented a paper co-authored by Michelle Hook, Wade Kothmann, and Steve Schapiro titled "Hand preferences during a bimanual task in a large sample of socially-housed chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)." SU students and faculty also contributed two poster presentations. Bryan Neighbors, assistant professor of psychology, students Sara Skladal, Michelle Thibodeau, Desiree Whitley, Beth Goetz and Amanda Seale presented "A correlational analysis of parent-adolescent relationship dimensions and peer deviance," and Sarah Fuentes, Christina Young, Jenny George, Susan Cates and Muir-Broaddus presented "The relationship between teasing and self-esteem."


January 18, 2002
Senior psychology major Liz Dodd, along with co-authors Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, and psychology majors Jori Boutell and Brooke Moran, recently had an empirical paper accepted for publication. The paper, "Respected or rejected: Perceptions of women who ignore vs. confront sexist remarks," will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal "Sex Roles."

Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, had a paper "Student Presentations of the Life and Work of Prominent Social Psychologists" published in the most recent issue of the pedagogical journal "Teaching of Psychology."


September 28, 2001
Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, and Jennifer Knight '00, recently had a paper accepted for publication. The paper is titled, "He's a Laker; she's a 'looker': The consequences of gender-stereotypical portrayals of male and female athletes by the print media." The article is currently in press at the interdisciplinary journal Sex Roles. [read]

SU psychology majors Allison Dickson, Keri Cass, and Clint Morris '01 recently had an article they co-authored with Traci Giuliano accepted for publication. Their paper titled "Eminem vs. Charlie Pride: Race, stereotypes, and perceptions of rap and county music performers" is currently in press at the "Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research." First author Allison Dickson also won third place in the Psi Chi/Allyn & Bacon 2000 National Paper Competition for this paper, making her the fifth SU psychology student in four years to place in the top three in this prestigious national competition.


August 24, 2001
Jacqueline Muir-Broaddus, Departments of Psychology and Education, and psychology graduates Dalila Medina and Carney Soderberg had a paper accepted for publication in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. The paper is titled "Neuropsychological test performance of children with ADHD relative to test norms and parent behavioral ratings.


May 14, 2001

Several psychology students and faculty members recently presented their research at the annual Southwestern Psychological Association meeting in Houston. Traci Giuliano, associate professor of psychology, and Jennifer Knight '00, presented "They've got next: The conception of female athletes as role models for young athletes;" Liz Dodd, Traci Giuliano, Jori Boutell & Brooke Moran presented, "Respected or rejected: Perceptions of women who ignore vs. confront sexist remarks;" Ashley Rittmayer, Megan Honey, & Traci Giuliano presented, "What's taxing them? An assessment of occupational stress;" Allison Dickson, Traci Giuliano, & Keri Cass presented "Eminem vs. Charley Pride: Race, stereotypes, and perceptions of performers;" Deann Dixon, Katie Kirkendall, Traci Giuliano, & Ann Raney presented "The bold and the beautiful: the effects of physical attractiveness and extraversion on desirabiility;" Ana Vazquez, Katie Kirkendall, Shawna Hudson, Laura Starzynski, & Bryan Neighbors, assistant professor of psychology, presented "Adolescent risky sexual behavior and parental relationship quality;" Sarah Greenberg, Sarah Peterson, and Jesse Purdy, professor of psychology, presented "Aversive sign tracking in fathead minnows: It's not as simple as moving away from the CS or the US;" and Jesse Purdy, Deann Dixon, Aleta Estrada, and Ryan Suarez presented "Short Term and Long Term Habituational, and Dishabituation in Cuttlefish (Sepia pharanois)."