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PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

 

STUDENT PRESENTERS

Organized By Presentation Subject Material

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REBECCA BRICE '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

How Time Spent on Social Media Relates to Anxiety and Depression Levels

Given the pandemic and increases in social media use, the purpose of this study was to determine if time spent in social media could be related to anxiety and depression levels. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between social media utilization and both anxiety and depression levels.

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KENNEDY MCKLEVEY '21

MAJOR: COMMUNICATIONS 

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

How Time Spent on Social Media Relates to Anxiety and Depression Levels

Given the pandemic and increases in social media use, the purpose of this study was to determine if time spent in social media could be related to anxiety and depression levels. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between social media utilization and both anxiety and depression levels.

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AMY NATARELLI '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

How Time Spent on Social Media Relates to Anxiety and Depression Levels

Given the pandemic and increases in social media use, the purpose of this study was to determine if time spent in social media could be related to anxiety and depression levels. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between social media utilization and both anxiety and depression levels.

 
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CORTLYN CLARK '20

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Stressin’, Depressin’, and Social Media Flexin’: Social media use and its Effects on Anxiety and Depression

With increased use of social media during the pandemic, the present study examined the quantity of social media use and its effects on anxiety and depression. No amount of social media per day was found to significantly affect levels or anxiety or depression.

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ALISON FOLEY '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Stressin’, Depressin’, and Social Media Flexin’: Social media use and its Effects on Anxiety and Depression

With increased use of social media during the pandemic, the present study examined the quantity of social media use and its effects on anxiety and depression. No amount of social media per day was found to significantly affect levels or anxiety or depression.

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TUCKER O'NEIL '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Stressin’, Depressin’, and Social Media Flexin’: Social media use and its Effects on Anxiety and Depression

With increased use of social media during the pandemic, the present study examined the quantity of social media use and its effects on anxiety and depression. No amount of social media per day was found to significantly affect levels or anxiety or depression.

 
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ELIZABETH FERRARA '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY AND ART

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR THOMAS A DANIEL, PSYCHOLOGY

Mood and Mindful Art: Do Flow States Improve Mood?

Through a remote survey (because of COVID-19) students complete a mood inventory prior to an directly after completing a flow inducing task. The goal is to see if the act of creating mindful art can change a person's mood.

 
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JANYA HERNANDEZ '20

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Does Depression Make You a Bad Decision Maker?

In addition to changes in mood, people suffering from depression experience alterations in cognitive functions as well. In line with this thinking, in the present study, we observed that subjects who experienced depression, determined by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, made significantly worse decisions on the Melbourne Decision Making test (p<0.05) than subjects who were not depressed.

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ASHLEY HOCKENBERRY '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Does Depression Make You a Bad Decision Maker?

In addition to changes in mood, people suffering from depression experience alterations in cognitive functions as well. In line with this thinking, in the present study, we observed that subjects who experienced depression, determined by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, made significantly worse decisions on the Melbourne Decision Making test (p<0.05) than subjects who were not depressed.

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ASHLEY SACCAMANDO '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Does Depression Make You a Bad Decision Maker?

In addition to changes in mood, people suffering from depression experience alterations in cognitive functions as well. In line with this thinking, in the present study, we observed that subjects who experienced depression, determined by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, made significantly worse decisions on the Melbourne Decision Making test (p<0.05) than subjects who were not depressed.

 
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FERGIE PEREZ '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

La comparación of being bilingual and monolingual effects on working memoria

The purpose of our study was to investigate whether bilingual individuals have improved cognitive functioning and therefore perform better on working memory tasks than monolingual individuals. No significant differences in performances were observed between the groups, on either task administered.

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PRISCILLA RUCKS-SMITH '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

La comparación of being bilingual and monolingual effects on working memoria

The purpose of our study was to investigate whether bilingual individuals have improved cognitive functioning and therefore perform better on working memory tasks than monolingual individuals. No significant differences in performances were observed between the groups, on either task administered.

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KYANA SANTOS '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

La comparación of being bilingual and monolingual effects on working memoria

The purpose of our study was to investigate whether bilingual individuals have improved cognitive functioning and therefore perform better on working memory tasks than monolingual individuals. No significant differences in performances were observed between the groups, on either task administered.

 
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VALENTINA RODRIGUEZ-PINO '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Sleep Less, Remember Less?: The Effects of Sleep on Working Memory

Sleep can have powerful impacts on cognitive function and for that reason we examined if there was a relationship between sleep and working memory, using the digit span task. We found little evidence to support a correlation between sleep quantity and working memory performance.

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ALEXIS TAUPIER '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Sleep Less, Remember Less?: The Effects of Sleep on Working Memory

Sleep can have powerful impacts on cognitive function and for that reason we examined if there was a relationship between sleep and working memory, using the digit span task. We found little evidence to support a correlation between sleep quantity and working memory performance.

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ALLISON WEBSTER '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR PRINCY MENNELLA, PSYCHOLOGY

Sleep Less, Remember Less?: The Effects of Sleep on Working Memory

Sleep can have powerful impacts on cognitive function and for that reason we examined if there was a relationship between sleep and working memory, using the digit span task. We found little evidence to support a correlation between sleep quantity and working memory performance.

 
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ALLISON WEBSTER '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR THOMAS ALEX DANIEL, PSYCHOLOGY

Does Virtual Pet Therapy Really Work?

My research studied the effects of virtual canine therapy in reducing anxiety and promoting positive moods. We specifically looked into if a canine unleashed or leashed promoted more positive outcomes.

 
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TESSA WHITAKER '21

MAJOR: PSYCHOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR SUMMER WILLIAMS, PSYCHOLOGY

The Relationship Between Caffeine and Anxiety in College Students

I've been conducting a study on how caffeine affects levels of anxiety as well as sleep patterns among students at Westfield State University. 148 participants have taken a survey with basic demographic information as well as questions about levels of caffeine consumption, anxiety symptoms and sleep patterns.

 
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