James Madison University

Other Student Achievements

Last spring, Psychology major Nancy Mack was granted the “Excellence in Poster Presentation award” at Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference in Washington D.C. for her project that studied a connection between alcohol consumption and sleep deprivation.  More information.

The following students received grants from the Psi Chi, the International Honors Society of Psychology, for their research projects:

  • Zithlaly Sosa, "The Spacing Effect and Binge-Watching" ($250)
  • Alyssa Skelly, "The Examination of Cue-Induced Alcohol Priming Among Humans" ($250)
  • Allison Brandmark, "Effective Practices for Reading Comprehension: An Eye Tracking Study" ($250)

JMU Psychology Research Grants. The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that the following students received grants to cover some of the expenses incurred to conduct their research projects:

  • Briana Craig under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Irons is studying the “Evaluations of the Interaction Between Alcohol & Caffeine on Subsequent Substance Choices.” ($500)
  • Grant Ostrander, Gabrielle Reimann, and Danielle McGovern under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox are studying “Fertility and Discounting: Does Ovulation Affect Mate Selection?”  ($500)
  • Jamie Fishman under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Holt is studying “Mate Selection and the Ovulatory Cycle: Evidence from Delay and Probability Discounting.” ($500)
  • Eryn Donovan under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Irons are studying "The Impact of Addictiveness Rhetoric on Subsequent Food Preferences." ($500).
  • Zachary Falk & Michael Keiter under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox are studying "Yawning as a Thermoregulatory Response to Changes in Brain Temperature." ($500)
  • Matthew Cabrera under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Dyche is studying "The Effect of Daytime Napping on IL-6 and Cortisol Secretion After A Night of Sleep Deprivation." ($500)
  • Zuby Okofor & Carolyn Reigel under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Dyche are studying the "Effects of 24-Hour Sleep Deprivation on Measures of Cognitive Impairment." ($500)
  • Daigo Blanco Murakoshi under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Holt is studying the "Discounting in the Pigeon: Water Discounting." ($500)
  • Colin Smith under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Holt is studying the "Discounting in the Pigeon: Conditioned Reinforcers." ($500)
  • Hunter Greer under the supervision of Dr. Ashton Trice is studying "Changing Peers Attitudes towards Accommodations for and Relationships with Individuals with Disabilities."  ($50)
  • Grant Ostrander under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox is studying "The Impact of Fertility Cues on Intrasexual Competition and Threat Perception." ($500)
  • Eric Diggs under the supervision of Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan is studying "Grit and Children's Literature." ($105).

JMU Psychology Travel Grants. The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that the following students received grants to cover some of the travel expenses incurred to present their research at professional conferences:

  • Kristin Mack, Alexander Mendoza, Katherine Donovan, Lily Takahashi, and Megan Roy presented their work with Dr. Matt Lee at the American Psychological Association (APA) conference in Denver, CO during August, 2016.  The title of their project was “Experiences of Discrimination by College Students with Disabilities.”
  • Katie Sergent, Tierney Patton, and Kacie Bornheimer presented their work with Dr. Bill Evans at the 3rd International Congress on Logo Therapy & Existential Analysis conference in Vienna, Austria during September 2016.  The title of their project was “Altruism, Motivation to Serve and Purpose in Life.”
  • Allison Brandmark presented a poster with Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen titled "Team-Based Learning vs. Lecture:  What do Students Remember?" at the Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) in Atlanta, October 2016.
  • John Wallace, Nancy Mack, and Katie McCullar presented their work with Dr. Jeff Dyche at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA during November 2016.  The title of their project is “Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Exposure on Impulse Inhibition.”
  • William Esswein & Kristin Mackpresented their work with Dr. Matt Lee at the AAC&U 2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change conference in Jacksonville, FL, March 2017. Their project is "Madison Matters: Fostering institutional change through student research on campus climate."
  • Paulius Satkus, Michael Noel, Tyler Goerl, Emily Vaught, & Kathlynn Sergentpresented their work with Dr. Bill Evans at SETOP in Atlanta, GA, March 2017. Their project is "Service Learning as a Path to Purpose in Life."
  • Emily Ingersoll & Beth Burleson will present their work with Kimberly DuVall at NACADA Region 3 in Raleigh, NC, April 2017. Their project is "Relate, Trust, Provide: Reading True Potential through Peer Advising."
  • Gabrielle Reimann & Melissa Manley will present their work with Kimberly DuVall at NACADA Region 3 in Raleigh, NC, April 2017. Their project is "Assessing Potential Through Peer Advising."
  • Olivia Kimmel & Jackie Given will present their work with Kimberly DuVall at NACADA Region 3 in Raleigh, NC, April 2017. Their project is "Peer Advisors Using Technology to Help Students Reach Their Potential."
  • Colin Smith & Ryne Skytta will present their work with Dr. Daniel Holt at VAPS (Va. Association for Psychological Science) in Norfolk, VA, April 2017. Their project is "Discounting in the Pigeon: Water and Token Discounting."
  • Colette Gaeta & Briana Craig will present their research with Dr. Natalie Kerr Lawrence at VAPS in Norfolk, VA, April 2017. Their project is "Using Personalized Normative Feedback to Reduce Texting While Driving Among College Students."
  • Jamie Fishman & Zahia Almajali will present their work  with Dr. Daniel Holt at VAPS in Norfolk, VA, April 2017. Their project is "Impatience and risk as related to fertility."
  • Becca Bilokon, Averie Dickinson, Ashley Riha, & Cameron Wilhelm will present their work with Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen at VAPS in Norfolk, VA, April 2017. Their project is "The Role of Race and Gender Expression on Attention Capture in Infants."
  • Jesus Armenta, Allison Brandmark, & Meredith Byrne will present their work with Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen at VAPS in Norfolk, VA, April 2017. Their project is "Translating Retroactive Interference Literature to Educational Environments."
  • Daigo Blanco Murakoshi, Matthew Wolf, & Dylan Rutter will present their work with Dr. Daniel Holt at the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) in Denver, CO, May 2017. Their project is "Discounting in the Pigeon: Water and Conditioned Reinforcers."
  • Megan Parker & Amanda Powell will present their work with Dr. Kethera Fogler at APS in Boston, MA, May 2017. Their project is "Prosecutorial Language, Moral Disengagement and Sentencing Outcomes in Real Capital Murder Cases."
  • Samantha Chusid will present her work with Dr. Kethera Fogler at APS in Boston, MA, May 2017. The project is "Proper Name Learning:  Descriptiveness and Retrieval Practice Effects."

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