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Psychology

Department Notables

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Fall 2016

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Sydnor and Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett ’15 received a grant from the American Political Science Association’s Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs. The grant will support their research on physiological reactions to political incivility.

Spring 2016

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology Laura Hennefield and nine of her students presented research posters at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Dallas.

    • Marieke Visser, Class of 2016, presented “Childhood Competitiveness Predicts Social Anxiety In College Students.”
    • Issa El Hage, Class of 2017, and Roanne Shoubaki, Class of 2017, presented “Happiness In Past, Present, and Future: The Relationship Between Gratitude and Optimism.”
    • Abigail Wilson, Class of 2018, Marguerite Doran, Class of 2018, and Amy Goodman, Class of 2018, presented 
”What Makes a Leader? The Relationship Between Leadership, Optimism, and Social Anxiety.”
    • Kuhen Smith, Class of 2017, presented “The Relationship Between Academically Reckless Behavior and Optimism in College Students.”
    • Eric Blumenschein, Class of 2017, and Morgan Kelly, Class of 2018, presented “Generosity Within the American Political Sphere: The Relationship Between Liberalism and Generosity.”
  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano and eight of her students presented papers at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Dallas this past weekend.

    • Sarah Matthews, Class of 2017, and Kayleigh Thomas, Class of 2018, presented “It’s All About Me: Narcissism as a Predictor of Love Languages,” and won a Psi Chi research award for their poster.
    • Aaron Garcia, Class of 2017, presented “Do As I Do: Expressions and Desires of the Five Love Languages.
    • Marissa Rosa, Class of 2018, and Delaney Dunn, Class of 2018, presented “Frisky Business: The Role of Self-Monitoring in Public Touch.”
    • Helena Lorenz, Class of 2018, Maddie Straup, Class of 2018, and Matt Gonzales, Class of 2018, presented “Be Yourself (Or Your Mom): Parents’ and Offsprings’ Love Languages.”
  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci’s research conducted over the past two summers as part of the HHMI SCOPE summer research program titled “Exposure to Methylphenidate during Peri-adolescence Affects Endocrine Function and Sexual Behavior in Female Long-Evans Rats” has been recently published in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. Co-authors include current student Christina Crandall as well as a number of Psychology and Animal Behavior alumni: F. A., Holifield, C. Morales-Valenzuela, J., Greene, K., Brown, J., Lopez, R., Crandall, C., Gibbs, N., Vela, R., Delgado, M.Y., Frohardt, R.J.

Spring 2015

  • Professor of Chemistry Maha Zewail-Foote and Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci have an article currently in press called “Sexual Attractiveness in Male Rats is Associated with Greater Concentration of Major Urinary Proteins Biology of Reproduction.”

  • Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano co-authored two articles (with alumni Kevin Hutzler, Sarah Johnson and Jordan Herselman) that were recently accepted for publication in the journal Psychology & Sexuality: “Three’s a crowd: Public awareness and (mis)perceptions of polyamory” and “Development of a brief measure of attitudes towards polyamory.”

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Crockett co-authored “Facebook official: Using the Overlap in Facebook Profiles to Predict Relationship Outcomes,” which has been accepted for publication in the “Journal of Social Psychology.” 

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci presented at the Williamson Museum Salon monthly meeting in January 2015, “Let’s Talk about Sex.”

  • Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci, Professor of Chemistry Maha Zewail-Foote, and a group of scientists in Singapore have a new manuscript accepted for publication in the journal, “Biology of Reproduction.” 

Fall 2014

  • Fay Guaracci, professor of psychology, has an article in the September issue of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. The article, titled “Endocannabinoid influence on partner preference in female rats,” was co-authored by 2014 graduates Nicoletta MemosRebekah Vela and Courtney Tabone.

  • Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored an article titled “LifeWorks Resolution Counseling Program: The effectiveness of a non-punitive violence rehabilitation program” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Violence.

  • Four faculty members have been selected to be Community-Engaged Learning Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year and will receive special mentoring from the Office of Civic Engagement on how to integrate community-engaged learning into their classes. The new fellows are Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology; Abby Dings, associate professor of Spanish; Katherine Prater, assistant professor of education; and Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese. Read more about the program here.

Spring 2014

  • Nine psychology students presented their research at the Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference in San Antonio April 3-5. Estrella Thomas and Anne Stankus presented a paper titled Extraversion as a predictor in mentor-mentee relationships.” Quinlyn Morrow and Cristina Muyschont presented a paper titled Does support effectiveness vary as a function of self-efficacy and support type?” Both these papers won one of Psi Chi’s Regional Research Awards for outstanding research. Anna Hartmann and Annelise Carlin presented a paper titled “Opposites don’t always attract: The matching hypothesis and openness in relationships.” Michelle Cincunegui presented a paper titled “The problem with happily ever after: Fate-based relationships, neuroticism, and infidelity.” And Araceli Castaneda and Markie Wendel presented a paper titled “Through the looking glass: Facebook reflects IOS in romantic relationships.” Castaneda, Wendel, Morrow and Muyschontalso presented their papers at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which was held in Austin Feb. 13-15. The papers were written under the direction of Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a paper that was published in a recent issue of the journal Infancy. The paper is titled “Maternal Disrupted Communication during Face-to-face Interaction at Four Months: Relation to Maternal and Infant Cortisol Among At-Risk Families.

  • Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology, and three of her students are presenting a paper titled “Three’s a Crowd…Or is it? Examining Public Perceptions of Polyamorous Relationships” at the 2014 meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston March 13-16. The current and former students who worked with Giuliano on the paper are Kevin Hutzler, Jordan Herselman and Sarah M. Johnson.

  • Four students from Southwestern presented their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s 15th annual meeting in Austin Feb. 14. Araceli Castañeda and Marki Wendel presented a paper titled “Through the looking glass: Facebook reflects IOS in romantic relationships” andQuinlynMorrow and Ana Cristina Muyschont presented a paper titled Does support effectiveness vary as a function of self-efficacy and support type?” All four did the research last fall in a capstone class taught by Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Traci Giuliano, Professor of Psychology, recently presented a poster (“Strategies for writing effectively in a first-year seminar”) at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology in Tampa, Florida.

  • Fay Guarraci, professor of psychology, has had an article titled ““Sexy stimulants”: The interaction between psychomotor stimulants and sexual behavior in the female brain” accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. The article was co-authored by 2010 graduate Jessica Bolton, who is now pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience at Duke University.

Spring 2013

  • Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, and students Sara Goodman and Quinlyn Morrow are presenting posters this week at a meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association in Fort Worth. Goodman is presenting a poster titled “Perceptions of dating in adolescence and self-esteem in emerging adulthood” and Morrow is presenting a poster titled “Associations between friendship gender composition and interdependence.”

  • “Nice guys finish last”: Influence of mate choice on reproductive success in Long-Evans rats was highlighted in the Summer 2012 ediction of Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) highlights.  Fay Guarraci and Maha Zewail-Foote co-authored the article along with Russell Frohardt, associate professor of psychology at St. Edward’s University, Carissa Winland, Sumith Jampana, Jessica Bolton, Brittany Ford, and Jade Tinker, all Southwestern Graduates who conducted the research in 2010-2011 as part of their senior capstone projects. 

Fall 2012

  • Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, and Maha Zewail-Foote, associate professor of chemistry, had a paper titled “Kin Discrimination in Prepubescent and Adult Long-Evans Rats” published in the July issue ofBehavioural Processes. Co-authors on the paper include former students Jessica BoltonAlex BurbyBrittany Ford and Carissa Winland.