Black or white faces
MJ says it don’t matter
But it does matter
University of Western Sydney
My thesis focused on facial recognition of African American and Anglo-Saxon faces. Research has shown a significant difference in recognition accuracy in favour of faces that were the same ethnicity of participants. Our experiment tried to find support for current major theories, in particular, if the difference is due to familiarity with skin tone or facial features (ie. brow width, shape of the nose and lips). By presenting participants with photos of both African Americans and Anglo-Saxon faces in colour, black and white and inverted configurations we found tentative support for the facial features theory.
online or paper
which has more validity
both are just as good
York University, Toronto, Canada
My dissertation is an evaluation of survey response sets, such as random responding, extreme responding and social desirability, in online and paper psychology surveys.
Adults and children
agree on one thing my friends:
Sucks to be ugly
The University of Texas at Austin
My dissertation examined the cognitive, emotional, and physiological correlates of exposure to faces of varying attractiveness in adults and 8-year-olds. Although most of the literature in this field asserts that the most attractive people receive the best societal benefits, my dissertation discovered that reaction times and emotional responses to low attractive faces significantly differed from medium and high attractive faces (but that medium and high attractive faces did not differ). In other words, our brains don’t necessarily response to attractive people as good–they respond to ugly people as bad.
Voices – will they help or harm ?
University of Manchester
My PhD disseration was about how people with schizophrenia characterise the voices they hear, what motivations they ascribe to the voices and that beliefs about the benevolence or malevolence of voices remain strong even if the voices disappear. These beliefs are the source of more distress than the actual voices themselves.
Silent falling snow.
A snowflake melts in my hand.
No more frozen tears.
John T. Bridge
My dissertation examines the relationship between the physical act of crying and the cathartic release of emotional trauma in the therapeutic setting. This reveals in more detail the intimate relationship between the mind and the body.
Schedules are messy,
but schedulers are not dumb.
So, how do they work?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master’s Thesis Title: “The cognitive aspects of scheduling”
big oil poisons town
citizens clash, organize
yet power prevails.
Marci R. Culley
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dissertation title: Power and “official” vehicles for public participation in a local hazardous waste setting: A community case study
I examined how federally-mandated vehicles for public participation facilitated or undermined individual and collective decision-making among residents of a polluted neighborhood. Specifically, I examined the extent to which these vehicles, and stakeholders’ experiences of the participatory processes initiated through them, were shaped by social power dynamics. This entailed more than four years of my involvement as a participant-observer.
Extraverts embrace social jobs
introverts treasure quiet jobs
regardless of IQ.
Karen J. Sinnreich
New York University
Dissertation Title: “Job Tenure, Job Fit, and Extraversion/Introversion in Men with Mild Mental Retardation Who Work in a Sheltered Workshop” (1995).
This was a study to examine why some men with mild mental retardation stayed in their jobs for years while others quit their jobs. I used job tenure as a measure of job satisfaction and tested all participants for traits of extraversion or introversion. The jobs were also analyzed as to how much interaction with other persons took place on the job.
Whether parents split
Or together they should be
Fathers must remain
California School of Professional Psychology; Alameda
Dissertation Title: “Attachment to Spouse: A Comparison Study Between Adult Children of Divorce and Adult Children From Intact Families” (1994).
Mystics are normal
Everyday people who try
To rise above it.
Paul A. Jerry
University of Calgary
Dissertation Title: “The Journey of the Everyday Mystic: A Phenomenological-Empirical Exploration of Transpersonal Experience” (2001).
Did two things – developed a method of inquiry that accounted for internal (unknowable) and external (knowable) experience, then applied it to a sample of ‘everyday’ Westerners who deliberately pursued mystical and transcendent experiences through activities like meditation etc.
This looks like a bat
But “people cooking dinner”
Will get you discharged
California School of Professional Psychology
Dissertation Title “Rorschach Variables Predictive of Treatment outcome in Hospitalized Adolescents” (1992)
Ghosts and the unseen,
how do they affect our lives?
Still more to do, Boo!
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Dissertation Title: “The impact of recorded encounters with a ‘ghost’ or ‘haunting’. An examination of 12 experiences”
Saying your deep thoughts
May be lost on another
Since they oh so clash
M. Kimberly MacLin
University of Nevada – Reno
Dissertation Title: “Trading on each others’ truths: The role of schemata in conversation.”
My work focused on how cognitive schemata of conversing individuals mesh or clash and impact understanding, body language, and conversational style.
Attitude scale scores
Dangerous numbers for stats
The title of my dissertation (2009) is “Controlling Type I Errors in Moderated Multiple Regression: An Application of Item Response Theory for Applied Psychological Research”. The research that I am interested in is investigating the mathematical properties of the numbers we get when administering different tests and scales to people. This work raises questions related to the appropriateness of putting things such as attitudes and intelligence into numerical forms and then using those numbers in statistical analyses.
your childhood stuff
identity and death of
Dissertation Title: Objects Matter: The Meaning of Objects from Childhood
This dissertation was an investigation of the meaning that adults place on objects saved from childhood. Some of the objects included a tablecloth with family signatures, an ice cream scoop, a doll, a painting, a baby blanket, a teddy bear, and a set of dice.
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