Student Research in Psychology

Research is the capstone of each psychology major's experience at Knox. During the senior year, each individual student conducts his or her own research project in an area of personal interest. The project culminates with an extensive research paper and a public presentation of the work in either a poster session or an oral presentation. Each year, Knox psychology students present their work outside of Knox to audiences at conferences devoted to undergraduate research such as ILLOWA, a conference for students at colleges and universities in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. The quality of Knox student research is so high that it is frequently published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at professional conferences usually reserved for PhD level psychologists and graduate students. A list of student research that has appeared in journals or at professional conferences in the 21st century is listed below.



PUBLICATIONS (Knox Student Authors in Capital Letters)

SMITH, L. M., & Kasser, T. (2013).  Mortality salience increases defensive distancing from people with terminal cancer.  Death Studies, 38, 44-53.

CLARK, R., & Hoffmann, H. (2013). Intensity-dependent effects of voluntary exercise on memory task performance in rats.  IMPULSE: The Premier Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal, 1-9.

STLLMAKER, K., & Kasser, T. (2013).  Instruction in problem-solving skills increases the hedonic balance of highly neurotic individuals.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 380-382.

McAndrew, F. T., & SHAH, S. S. (2013).  Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activity.  Computers in Human Behavior, 29, 2603-2606.

RENFRO, K. J., & Hoffmann, H. (2013). The relationship between oral contrceptive use and sensitivity to olfactory stimuli.  Hormones and Behavior, 63, 491-496.

ANDERSSON, M. A., & Conley, C. S. (2013).  Optimizing the perceived benefits and health outcomes of writing about traumatic life events.  Stress and Health, 29, 40-49.

McAndrew, F. T., & JEONG, H. S. (2012).  Who does what on Facebook?  Age, sex, and relationship status as predictors of Facebook use.  Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 2359-2365.

JORTIE, J. J., Remingtron, R., Hoffmann, H., & Shea, T. B. (2012). Lack of correlations of WAIS digit span with Clox 1 and the Dementia Rating Scale in MCI. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Article ID 829743.

STARR, C. R., & Ferguson, G.M. (2012). Sexy dolls, sexy grade-schoolers? Media & maternal influences on young girls' self-sexualization.  Sex Roles, 67, 463-476.

Hoffmann, H., PETERSON, K., & GARNER, H. (2012). Field conditioning of sexual arousal in humans.  Socioaffective Neuroscience and Psychology, 2, 17336.

FERGUSON, Y. L., Kasser, T., & Jahng, S. (2011). Differences in life satisfaction and school satisfaction among adolescents from three nations: The role of perceived autonomy support.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 649-661.

McAndrew, F. T., & De JONGE, C. R.  (2011). Electronic person perception: What can we infer about people from the style of their e-mail messages?  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 403-407.

MAST, J. F., & McAndrew, F. T. (2011). Violent lyrics in heavy metal music can increase aggression in males.  North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 63-64.

WILSON, J., Ferguson, G. M., & Thorn, J. (2011).  Genetic testing likelihood: The impact of abortion views and quality of life information. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 20, 143-156.

HARDEN, C. E. (2010). Effects of normalization on self-esteem and loneliness levels in juvenile sex offenders.  Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 15, 150-157.

STRINGFELLOW, E. L., & McAndrew, F. T. (2010). Parents’ Divorce is More Strongly Related to the Self-Perceived Promiscuity and Drinking Behavior of Male than of Female College Students.  Journal of College Student Development, 51, 599-600.

SALDEN, E., GOETSCH, K., & McCOY, A. (2009). Attachement Style and Personality Traits and Substance Abuse of John Lennon.   Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 14, 32-36.

ANDERSSON, M. A., & Conley, C. S. (2009).  Expecting to heal through self-expression: A perceived control theory of writing and health.  Health Psychology Review, 2, 138-162.

KLINESMITH, J., Kasser, T., & McAndrew, F. T. (2008). Guns, testosterone, and aggression: An experimental test of a mediational model.  In W. A. Lesko (Ed.), Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections (7th Ed.).  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

KING, R. A. (2008) Evolutionary Fairy Tales: Human Mating in the Grimm Fairy Tales.  Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 13, 23-24.

Templeton, J. J., & CHRISTENSEN-DYKEMA, J. M. (2008). A behavioral analysis of prey detection lateralization and unilateral transfer in European starlings (Sturnis vulgaris). Behavioural Processes, 79, 125-131.

MILLER, S.S., Hoffmann, H., & Mustanski, B. (2007). Fluctuating Asymmetry and Sexual Orientation in Men and Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 150-157.

McAndrew, F. T., & GARRISON, A. J. (2007).  Beliefs about gender differences in methods and causes of suicide.  Archives of Suicide Research, 11, 271-279.

McAndrew, F. T., BELL, E. K., & GARCIA, C. M.  (2007).  Who do we tell, and whom do we tell on? Gossip as a strategy for status enhancement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 1562-1577.

KLINESMITH, J., Kasser, T., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). Guns, testosterone, and aggression: An experimental test of a mediational model.  Psychological Science, 17, 568-571.

TURNER, S. L., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). A Laboratory Simulation of Parental Investment Decisions: The Role of Future Reproductive Opportunity and Offspring Quality in Determining Levels of Parental Investment. Evolutionary Psychology, 4, 197-207.

RYBAK, A., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). How do we decide who our friends are? Defining levels of friendship in Poland and the United States. Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 147-163.

MINERVINI, B. P. & McAndrew, F. T. (2006).  The mating strategies and mate preferences of mail order brides.  Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science, 40, 111-129.

Thorn, J. M., Templeton, J. J., VAN WINKLE, K. M. M., & CASTILLO, R. R. (2006).  Conditioning shelter dogs to sit.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 9: 25-39. 

CURRY, N. A., & Kasser, T. (2005). Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety?  Art Therapy, 22, 81-85.

ENGLE, Y., & Kasser, T. (2005). Adolescent girls' idolization of male celebrities. Journal of Adolescent Research, 20, 263-283.

CARLSON, E.A., & McAndrew, F. T. (2004). Body shape ideals and perceptions of body shape in Spanish and American college students.  Perceptual and Motor Skills, 99, 1071-1074.

SCHAFFNER, M. R. (2004). Spousal intimacy and identity: An investigation of Ani DeFranco's song lyrics.  Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 9, 82-88.

Hoffmann, H., Janssen, E., & TURNER, S. L. (2004). Classical Conditioning of sexual arousal in women and men: Effects of varying awareness and biological relevance of the conditioned stimulus. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33, 1-11.

OBRAZTSOVA, A., & Hoffmann, H. (2002). To each his own: Effects of novelty seeking on cocaine conditioned place preference (CPP) and post-CPP cocaine-seeking behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24 (supple), S208.

McAndrew, F.T., KING, J.C., & HONOROFF, L.R. (2002). A Sociobiological Analysis of Namesaking Patterns in 322 American Families. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 851-864.

McAndrew, F.T., & MILENKOVIC, M.A. (2002) Of tabloids and family secrets: The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1064-1082.

BRACKNEY, M., & McAndrew, F.T. (2001). Ecological world views and receptivity to different types of arguments for preserving endangered species. Journal of Environmental Education, 33, 17-20.

McKINNEY, B.A., & McAndrew, F.T. (2000). Sexuality, gender, and sport: Does playing have a price? Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 5, 152-158.


PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS
(Knox Student Authors in Capital Letters)

McAndrew, F. T., & SHAH, S. S. (2014, February).  Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas.

KLIMAJ, V. A., LAWRENCE, Z. E., KNUTSON, J. A., KING, E. A., SCHAEFER, D. C., & McAndrew, F. T. (2013, July).  Does hormonal birth control disrupt the assessment of mate quality through kissing?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, FL.

HOLLAND, C., & Hoffmann, H. (2013, July). The relationship between sexual fantasy and strategies of human mating: An exploratory study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, FL. 

GORANSON, A., & McAndrew, F. T. (2013, July).  Does self-monitoring predict interest in gossip?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, FL.

McAndrew, F. T., & KOEHNKE, S. S. (2013, January). Creepiness. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

McAndrew, F. T., & JEONG, H. S. (2012, June) The Evolutionary Psychology of Facebook: Mate seeking, status signaling, and the maintenance of kinship networks. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Janssen E., Hoffmann, H., Goodrich, D., & WILSON, M. R. (2011, November).  The effects of alcohol on self-regulation of sexual arousal in sexually compulsive men. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, Texas.

 Hoffmann, H., Janssen, E., WILSON, M. R., & Goodrich, D. (2011, August). The role of conditioning in sexual compulsivity and risk taking. International Academy for Sex Research. Los Angeles, California.

Remington, R., Shea, T.B., Bechtel, C., LORTIE, J. J., Hoffmann, H., Dosanjh, L, Fishman, P., & Samar, A. (2011; May). Efficacy of a Nutriceutical Formulation on Cognitive Performance and Function in MCI and AD. 2nd Annual Clinical & Translational Science  Research Retreat. University of Massachusetts, Shrewsbury, MA.

Hoffmann, H., PETERSON, K., & GARNER, H. (2009, August). "Field" conditioning of sexual arousal in humans. International Academy of Sex Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

PRENTICE, M., & Kasser, T. (2009, February). Death Thought Writing Interventions and Personality Predicting Psychological Growth and Defense.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.

KELAHAN, L., Hoffmann, H., & Kohl, J. (2008, November). Olfactory pheromonal input and human female proceptive sexual behavior/preferences. Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

RAIRDON, T., & Varakin, D. A. (2008, June).  Auditory anticipation effects in expert pianists.  Illinoisy Data Conference, Carbondale, IL.

Kasser, T., LaPoint, V., Waller, G., & RAIRDON, T. (2008, April).  How to teach youth about their consumer culture.  Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Summit, Brookline, MA.

KELAHAN, L., Hoffmann, H., & Kohl, J. V (2007, November). Androstenol/androsterone may condition a human female hormonal effect/behavioral affect. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Indianapolis, IN.

OSCHAROFF, A., & Hoffmann, H. (2007, August) Turned off with the lights on: Factors mediating  the relationship between body image spectatoring and sexual functioning among college women. International Academy of Sex Research, Vancouver Canada.

ANDERSSON, M. A. (2007, May).  Can writing heal writers?  Investigating psychophysiological outcomes of expressive and creative types of writing.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

McAndrew, F. T., & GARRISON, A. J. (2007, May).  Sex and suicide: Beliefs about gender differences in methods and causes for suicide.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago. 

KELAHAN, L., Hoffmann, H., Kohl, J. V, & Rose, A. (2007, April). Androstenol/androsterone may condition a human hormonal effect/behavioral affect. Association for Chemoreception Sciences, Sarasota Florida.

Templeton, J.J., CHRISTENSEN, J.M., & Fink, S (2006, July).  Searching for the search image in the avian brain.   International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) meetings, Tours, France.

FRANCISKOVICH, S. J., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006, June). Birth order, personality, and confomrity to parental expectations in the choice of a long-term mate.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Philadelphia.

WRIGHT, K. & Templeton, J.J. (2006).  Lateralization of visual discrimination in the zebra finch.  PEW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL

 CONE, K., Templeton, J.J. & Thorn, J. (2006).  Domestic dogs and social learning: Do dogs learn better from conspecifics or humans?  PEW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL

MILLER, S.S., Hoffmann, H., & Mustanski, B. (2005, August). The effects of sex and sexual orientation on bodily fluctuating asymmetry. Paper presented at the International Behavioral Development Symposium, Minot, ND.

McAndrew, F. T., BELL, E. K., & GARCIA, C. M. (2005, June).  Who do we tell, and whom do we tell on? Explorations in the evolutionary psychology of gossip.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Austin, Texas.

MINERVINI, B. P., & McAndrew, F. T. (2004, July). The Mating Strategies and Preferences of Mail Order Brides. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany.

TURNER, S. L., & McAndrew, F. T. (2004, July). A Laboratory Simulation of Hagen's Defection Hypothesis: Determining the Role of Future Reproductive Opportunity and Offspring Quality in Parental Investment. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany.

Hoffmann, H., EWIGMAN, N., TURNER, S.L., RASMUSSEN, C., BERTHOLOMEY, M., & Janssen, E. (2004, June). Classical conditioning of sexual arousal in women and men. Paper presented at the annual Midcontinent Region meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Madison,Wisconsin.

BRACKNEY, M., & McAndrew, F.T. (2000, May). Ecological world views and receptivity to different types of arguments for preserving endangered species. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.