Psychology Student Research Virtual Conference
Eastern Washington University
We welcome undergraduate and graduate student posters about any and all psychology topics. Applicants must be endorsed by their advisor. Proposals, research in progress, and literature reviews are acceptable for consideration. Abstracts will be reviewed as they are received and acceptance information communicated shortly after.
We are pleased to announce that Russell L. Kolts, PhD will present the Keynote Address on Compassion Focused Therapy. Kolts is a professor of psychology at EWU and a leading international expert in Compassion Focused Therapy. He is the author of multiple books, including Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out and CFT Made Simple. The focus of his current research and professional work is Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and the application of CFT in working with emotional difficulties, particularly anger, compassion, and mindfulness interventions.
Join the keynote speech, which begins at 4 pm, using this Zoom link: https://ewu.zoom.us/j/97843763827
More info: https://www.ewu.edu/css/psychology/student-research-conference/
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Effects of Mood and Personality on Everyday Life
Adriana Becerra and Jillene Seiver
Cross Cultural Pain Perception
Dominique Richards and Dr. Kevin Criswell
Aims: The first aim of this project would be to try and identify if different ethnoracial backgrounds perceive pain differently. The secondary focus of the project is to identify to what extent individuals are able to be affected by their sociocultural upbringings in response to perceived painful stimuli.
Method: Initially we would evaluate different people’s pain perception on a standard pain scale. Additionally, we would use an acculturation scale to estimate degree of acculturation. The respondents would be given a series of scenarios and asked to rate how intense the pain of that situation would be.
Anticipated Implications: In the medical field we tend to minimize the impact of culture on how a patient responds to and perceives pain. People of different ethnoracial backgrounds may perceive pain differently, which may cause their biochemical responses to vary as well.
Health Disparities within LGBTQ+ Communities Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Within the short span of the COVID-19 pandemic, many researchers have published their findings, providing the community at large with an opportunity to improve health outcomes within this disenfranchised group. This literature review aims to illuminate these issues and provide a comprehensive report detailing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community.
Covid-19 Lockdown and the Effects on Children's Mental Health
Take off your mask…maybe: Face coverings and its correlation to attractiveness
Dehumanizing from a Distance: How Perceptions of Human Uniqueness Traits and the Importance of Social Justice Issues Predict Negative Attitudes and Avoidant Behaviors Towards Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Isabelle Dennis, Anna Dischinger & Brittany M. Tausen
Exploring Warmth and Morality as Boundary Conditions of Vicarious Contact
Jenessa Higgs, Diedrah Todd, & Brittany M. Tausen
The Effects of Interactivity on Memory Relating to Presence in Virtual Environments
Exploring the Benefits of Combining Psychotherapy with Exercise for Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
Posttraumatic growth in lung cancer survivors: A narrative review of literature since 2000
Patsy Barnett; Rigo Madrigal; Steven Smarra; Aaron Guillen-Garcia; Kevin Criswell, Ph.D.
Authors: Barnett, P., Madrigal, R., Smarra, S., Guillen-Garcia, A., Criswell, K.
Institution: Eastern Washington University
Introduction: Lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women. Cancer can be a traumatic experience for patients, yet lung cancer survivors have reported personally growing as a result of their experience. However, there has been little research done on posttraumatic growth (PTG) in lung cancer, and it may be valuable to understand PTG in lung cancer because it may affect long-term survivorship. Therefore, we aimed to describe the state of the PTG literature in lung cancer since the year 2000.
Method: We identified relevant articles between 2000 - 2021 within databases (e.g., PubMed). We searched for “posttraumatic growth,” “PTG,” and “lung cancer.” “Benefit finding” was included because it has been used interchangeably with PTG. Original studies that assessed PTG in samples including lung cancer survivors were included in our review.
Results: We found that PTG research in lung cancer was scant from 2000-2021, especially when compared to breast and prostate cancer survivors. Limited research may have been due to participants opting out due to severity of illness. Studies have increased since 2000 and have primarily focused on predictors for PTG, including communication styles, emotional support, and benefit finding.
Discussion: Literature suggests that lung cancer is a stressful experience, which may be a catalyst for personal growth. PTG is an important research topic because it may lead to more positive experiences when surviving cancers. However, there is a lack of representation of lung cancer survivors in PTG literature. Further studies in PTG for this population are encouraged.
Moral Attitudes And Opinions: An Exploration of Explicit Normative Data
Raj Lakhani, Dr Aron Gerhart
The Stigma of Micro-dosing: An Investigation
Rigoberto Madrigal / Faculty Advisor: : Aron Gerhart, PhD
Brains and Brawn: The Relationship Between Mental Toughness and Military Experience in College Students
Trauma and Mental Health among College Students
Samantha Sanchez-Garcia and Jillene Seiver
Video Game Preferences
Sydnee Springer-Simon and Aron Gerhart, Ph.D.
There are other studies that focus on similar aspects to our study. A study by Lucas and Sherry out of the University of Nebraska in 2004 found significant differences between the gaming habits of males and females. Females played less and tended to not want to play competitive games to the same extent as Males.
A study by James Ivory in the Department of Communication Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University found that not only are female character underrepresented, but they are also overly sexualized in comparison to their male counterparts. He also found that the players didn’t even seem to care for this sexualization.
Our study hopes to add to the information base about video games and the other possible behaviors they correlate with.
Relationship Between Mindfulness and Health Behaviors
Tyler Bauska and Dr. Theresa Martin