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M.S. Student Scholarly Activities

Recent Theses

Tyler Rosier (2010)
Art and Memory: Cognitive Benefits of Visual Art Exposure
Lawrence Locker, advisor
After graduation: Taught university courses; Accepted for Ph.D. study at University of Edinburgh

Ashley Gowgiel (2010)
When the Movies Come to Life: Media violence and Physiological Pain Response
William McIntosh, advisor
After graduation: Employed in student services; taught university course

Kareem Al-KHalil (2010)
Test Anxiety, Working Memory and Verbal SAT Performance
Kent Bodily, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Psy.D. at the Florida Institute of Technology

Paul Cohen (2010)
Mental Energy and Exercise Endurance
Janice Steirn, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Psy.D. at Loyola University

Audrey Hazamy (2009)
The Influence of Pictures on Word Recognition
Lawrence Locker, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Ph.D. in Communication Disorders

Lydsay Itoh (2009)
Romantic Attachment as it Relates to Military-Related Separations
Janice Kennedy, advisor

Lauren Beam (2009)
Are Holding Patterns Predictive of Infant Attachment Classification in 12-18 Month Old Infants?
Janice Kennedy, advisor
After graduation: Became a Psychology Instructor at Savannah Technical College

Angela Legg (2009)
Metacognition Moderates Math Anxiety and Affects Performance on a Math Task
Lawrence Locker, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Ph.D. in Social/Personaltiy Psychology at University of California, Riverside. Attended a summer institute in Social Psychology at Princeton University after her first year of doctoral study.

Joseph Garcia (2008)
Toward an Anarchist Theory of Self: Wilderness, Actualization and Authority
Will McIntosh, advisor

Jefferey Gavel (2008)
The Possibility of Cognitive Empathy in Rats
Janie Wilson, advisor

Tynisa Jones (2008)
Factors that Influence Individual Differences in Female Sexual Response
Will McIntosh, advisor

April Strickland (2008)
Facotrs that tInfluence Individual Differences in Female Sexual Response
Will McIntosh, advisor

Ingrid E. Hellstrom (2007)
Eschatological Thought and Religiosity: Patterns and Relationships
Michael Nielsen, advisor
After graduation: Taught psychology at Albertson College, Idaho; pursued Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University

Bryan Dawson (2006)
An Analysis of Procrastination and Flow Experiences
Katherine Wiegand, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Georgia

B. Zeus, Simeoni (2005)
Determination of the efficacy of prejudice measures
William McIntosh, advisor
After graduation: pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut

Ben Simpkins (2005)
Connectives and Causal Relatedness in Expository Text
John Murray, advisor
After graduation: pursued a Ph.D. program in Human Factors Psychology at Wright State University

W. Travis Suits (2005)
Transitive Inference and Commonly Coded Stimuli
Janice Steirn, advisor
After graduation: pursued a Ph.D. program in Experimental Psychology at Auburn University

Masami Ota (2005)
Stereotypes and Prejudice: Intergroup contact between Americans and Japanese
Amy Hackney, advisor

Joseph Thaddeus Meeks (2004)
Maintaining Religious and Scientific Beliefs through Cognitive Complexity
After graduation: pursued a Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology at University of Georgia
John Murray, advisor

Alexandra Morales (2004)
Acquisition of the oddity concept by a Harris Hawk
Janice Steirn, advisor

Brandon Randolph-Seng (2004)
The Automatic Consequences of Religious Priming
Michael Nielsen, advisor
After graduation: Pursued a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Texas Tech University

Alyson L. Cantey (2003)
Advisor : John Murray
Thesis Title: Encoding Flexibility of Social Categories in Impression Formation

Kelly A. Burke (2002)
Advisor: John Murray
Thesis Title: The Influence of an Opponent and Time Pressure in Risky Naturalistic Decision Making
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology at the University of Central Florida.

Coretta L. Lucas (2002)
Advisor: Janice Kennedy
Thesis Title: The Effects of Sex, Race, & Family Structure on Perceptions of Children

Keisha D. Butler (2001)
Advisor: Janie Wilson
Thesis Title: Prolactin Levels in Adult Rats Following Equivalent Exposure to Either the Open Field or Restraint and the Open Field
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology at Purdue University

Kelli W. Taylor (2001)
Advisor: Elisabeth Sherwin
Thesis Title: Hope as a Predictor of Coping Style, Alcohol Expectancies, Stress, & Alcohol Use to Reduce Stress
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Social/Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University

Jason D. Fors (2001)
Advisor: William McIntosh
Thesis Title: Self-Enhancement Styles Sorting Out Conflicting Evidence on the Effects of Self-Enhancing

Jo Ann Spadafore (2001)
Advisor: William McIntosh
Thesis Title: Romantic Affairs and Attachment Style: An Evolutionary Perspective
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University

Brandon Schmeichel (2000)
Advisor: William McIntosh
Thesis Title: The Influence of Self-Focused Attention on Time Estimation Behavior
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Florida State University

Kyla A. Underhill (2000)
Advisor: Janice Kennedy
Thesis Title: Caregivers’ Parenting Styles in Relation to Attachment and Social Competence in Preschoolers
After graduating, pursued a Ph.D. in Developmental/Clinical Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology

Recent Publications

Strickland, A., Locker, L., McIntosh, W. (in press). Conservative Versus Liberal Worldviews and Introspective Thought. Quarterly Journal of Ideology

Legg, A. M., & Wilson, J. H. (in press). RateMyProfessors.com Offers Biased Evaluations. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.

Cragun, R. T., Nielsen, M. E., & Clingenpeel, H. (in press). The Struggle for Legitimacy: Tensions between the LDS and FLDS. In Stuart A. Wright & James T. Richardson (Eds.), Saints under siege: The Texas state raiid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints. New York: NYU.

McIntosh, W., Dawson, B., Scott, J. & Locker, L. (in press). Willingness to date across race: Differences among gay and straight men and women. Psychological Reports.

Nielsen, M. E., & Randolph-Seng, B. (in press). Psychology, religion and the Internet. In D. Wulff (Ed.), Handbook of the psychology of religion. New York: Oxford.

Randolph-Seng, B., & Nielsen, M. E. (in press). Is God really watching you? A response to Shariff and Norenzayan. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

McIntosh, W. D., Locker, L., Briley, K., Ryan, R., & Scott, A. (2011). What do older adults seek in their potential romantic partners? Evidence for online personal ads. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 72, 67-82.

Gowgiel, A.A. & McIntosh, W.D. (2010). Physical versus economic social threat: How 9-11 and the Great Recession of 2008 influenced viewers’ consumption of serious, violent, and sexual television content. Media Psychology

Legg, A. M. & Locker, L. (2009). Math performance and its relationship to math anxiety and metacognition. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 471-486.

Legg, A. M. & Wilson, J. H. (2009). Email from professors enhances student motivation and attitudes. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 205-211.

Nielsen, M. E., Williams, J., & Randolph-Seng, B. (2009). Religious orientation and attitudes about stem cell research. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 19(2), 81-91.

Randolph-Seng, B., & Nielsen, M. E. (2009). Opening the doors of perception: Priming altered states of consciousness outside of conscious awareness. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, 31, 237-270.

Boatright, R. A., & McIntosh, W. D. (2008). The relationship between mindfulness and self-promoting illusions. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 11, 261-266.

Insana, S. P., & Wilson, J. H. (2008). Social buffering in rats, Prolactin attenuates with active interaction. Psychological Reports, 103, 77-87.

Randolph-Seng, B., Nielsen, M. E., Bottoms, B. L., & Filipas, H. (2008). The relationship between ethnicity, Christian orthodoxy, and mental health. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 11, 795-805.

Randolph-Seng, B., & Nielsen, M. E. (2007). Honesty: One effect of primed religious representations. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 17, 303-316.

Wilson, S. B., McIntosh, W. D., & Insana, S. (2007). Dating across race: An examination of Black Internet personal advertisements. Journal of Black Studies, 37, 964-982.

Dawson, B. L., & McIntosh, W. D. (2006). Sexual strategies theory and Internet personal advertisements. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 9, 614-617.

Wilson, S. B., & Kennedy, J. H. (2006). Helping behavior in a rural versus urban setting: The effect of professional and casual attire. Psychological Reports, 98, 229-233.

Murray, J. D., Spadafore, J. A., McIntosh, W. M. (2005). Belief in a just world and social perception: Evidence for automatic activation. Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 35-47.

McIntosh, W.D. & Schmeichel, B.J. (2004). Collectors and collecting: A social psychological perspective. Leisure Sciences, 26, 85-98.

Nielsen, M. E., & Randolph-Seng, B. (2004). Religious groups. Applied developmental science encyclopedia, p. 925-927. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Murray, J. D., & Burke, K. A. (2003). Activation and encoding of predictive inferences: The role of reading skill. Discourse Processes, 35, 81-102.

McIntosh, W. D., Martin, L. L., & Jones, J. B. (2001). Goal orientations and the search for confirmatory affect. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 135, 5-16.

Wilson, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2001). Professors immediacy as behaviors associated with liking students. Teaching of Psychology, 28,136-138.

McIntosh, W. D., Schwegler, A. F., & Terry-Murray, R. M. (2000). Threat and television viewing in the United States, 1960-1990. Media Psychology, 2, 35-46.

Recent Presentations

Collins, W. & Klibert, J. (2011, March). The association between college student anger and secondary personality traits across gender. Poster presented at SEPA 2011 Conference in Jacksonville, FL.

Al-Khalil, K., & Nielsen, M. E. (2010, March). Controversial technology and religion: Human cloning and stem cell research. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Georgia Psychological Society, Macon, GA.

Rosier, T., Locker, L., 5th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Psychological Society (April, 2010).Art and Memory: An Examination of the Learning Benefits of Art Exposure. Paper Presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Psychological society. Georgia Psychological Society, Macon, GA.

Legg, A. M. & Locker, L. (April, 2009). Metacognition Moderates math anxiety and impacts performance on math tasks. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Psychological Society.

Legg, A. M. & Wilson, J. H. (2008). Email enhanced student rapport before the semester began. Poster presentation at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, GA. First place winner of the outstanding poster award.

Locker, L., Hazamy, A., & Murray, J. (November, 2008). Investigation phonological neighborhood as function of adult reading ability. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Legg, A. M., & Wilson, J. H. (2008). Instructor touch: Student perceptions and grades. Oral presentation at the Georgia Psychological Society annual conference in Macon, GA.

Nielsen, M. E., & Sevinc, M. (2007, November). Predictors of online browsing by Mormons. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Tampa, FL.

Nielsen, M. E., Bainbridge, W. M. S., & Hellstrom, I. (April 8, 2006). Religious beliefs as predictors of attitudes toward cloning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Georgia Psychological Society, Valdosta, GA.

Nielsen, M. E., Randolph-Seng., B., Kujawski, J., & Winger, A. (2003, October). Effect of expectations on experiences with the Altered States of Consciousness Induction Device. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Norfolk, VA.

Cantey, A. & Murray, J. D. (2003, May). Traits and stereotypes in the construction of situation models. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL.

Kennedy, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2003, April). Implications of attachment to mother and father on romantic and peer relationships among late adolescents. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Taylor, K. W., & Kennedy, J. H. (2002, April). Implications of adolescent attachment for social perception. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, New Orleans.

Simpkins, B. G., Suits, W. T., & Steirn, J. N. (March, 2003). Value Transfer in Conditioned Inhibition. Paper presented at the Tenth Annual International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melborne Beach, FL.

Kennedy, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2002, September). Adolescent attachment and gender-role orientation: An examination of the self and others. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association for Research in Adolescence, Oxford, England.

Taylor, K. W., & Kennedy, J. H. (2002, September). Adolescent attachment and negative coping: A test of the tension reduction vs. relaxation hypothesis. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association for Research in Adolescence, Oxford, England.

Murray, J. D., & Burke, K. A. (2002, March). Predictive inferences and reading skill: Off-line assessment of encoding. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Orlando, FL.

Kennedy, J. H., Kennedy, C. E., & Taylor, K. W. (2002, February). Assessment of attachment in children and adolescents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Chicago.

Burke, K. A., & Murray, J. D. (2001, November). The influence of an opponent in risky naturalistic decision making. Presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Orlando, FL.

Kennedy, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2001, August). Adolescent attachment and behavior: Gender and the use of negative coping strategies. Paper presented at the 10th annual European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Upssala, Sweden.

Kennedy, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2001, June). Adult attachment style, coping, and stress: Eating behavior vs. alcohol use by men and women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Toronto.

Kennedy, J. H., & Taylor, K. W. (2001, June). Adult attachment style, coping, and stress: Eating behavior vs. alcohol use by men and women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, Toronto.

McIntosh, W.D. & Schmeichel, B.J. (2001, May). Collectors and collecting: A social-psychological perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Taylor, K., & Kennedy, J. H. (2001, May). Coping style, situational stress, and alcohol use as a function of attachment orientation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Kennedy, J. H., & Underhill, K. A. (2001, April). Parental childrearing styles and social competence in preschool children. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.

McIntosh, W.D., Schmeichel, B.J., & Taylor, K.W. (2000, May). Retrospective time estimation as a function of task enjoyability and linking happiness to goal attainment. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Taylor, K. W., Underhill, K. A., & Kennedy, J. H. (2000, April). The relationships between adult attachment style, hope, coping style, and situational stress on alcohol consumption to reduce stress in college students. Poster presented at the biennial Conference on Human Development, Memphis.

Underhill, K. A., & Kennedy, J. H. (2000, April). Security of attachment and parenting style. Poster presented at the biennial Conference on Human Development, Memphis.

McIntosh, W. D., Schwegler, A., & Terry-Murray, R. M.(1999, March). Threat and television viewing in the United States, 1960-1990. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Savannah, GA.

Mills, P. S., McIntosh, W. D., Smith, S. M., & Bazzini, D. G. (1998, March). Alcohol in the movies: Characteristics of drinkers and nondrinkers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Mobile, AL, March, 1998.

Salter, R., Nielsen, M. E., & Richards-Little, E. K. (1998, March). Religious Self-Disclosure as a Norm Violation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Mobile, Alabama.

Schwegler, A. F., Sherwin, E., Murray, J., & McIntosh, W. D. (1998, March). Hope, self-esteem and aggressive reactions to an ego-threat. Paper presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Convention, Mobile, AL.

Last updated: 9/18/2013

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