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Spring Conference Update: WPCUR 2018

Pictured: My 2017-2018 research team presenting at the SMC Honors Program Symposium.

On April 21, 2018, my 2017-2018 research team presented at the Western Psychological Conference for Undergraduate Research (WPCUR) at my home institution, Saint Mary’s College of California.

Students from all over the West Coast presented their research from a number of different perspectives within the field, which reflected the multifaceted specialties within psychology.

My team, consisting of Rachel Law SMC’18, Alex Short SMC’18, Prof. Paul Zarnoth, and myself, examined the link between gender, gender expression, and sexism. Our findings were complex and nuanced. For example, higher masculinity predicted higher sexism in women, but not men.

Our team won the Best Poster Award for this academic year, which is shown in the link above and in the picture below. Congrats to all the participants!

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Spring Conference Update: SPSP 2018

From March 1-3, I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (SPSP 2018)

SPSP 2018 Highlights 

This year, Prof. Zarnoth and I had the opportunity to present our 2016-2017 research at SPSP 2018. Our research, entitled “How the ‘Confidence Gap’ Creates Gender Differences in Social Influence” examined how confidence mediates the relationship between gender and social influence. In other words, men have a disproportionate amount of social influence in male/female pairs, but this social influence comes from an unwarranted amount of confidence, which is a changeable factor. With this year’s research, we created a manipulation where we encouraged women to bolster their confidence and men to temper their confidence.

Additionally, I was a Science Writer Intern for the three days of the convention. I covered three symposia for the SPSP Character and Context blog. My writing about the 2018 SPSP Convention can be found on my Published Writing page.

 

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Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) 2017

This past November, I presented a project entitled “More Than Fake News: How Article Sources Affects the Perceived Objectivity of Information.” I conducted the project for my second Psychological Statistics and Methods class, which I took in Fall 2016. I worked with Jessica Lopez, a fellow student, and we were overseen by Professor Paul Zarnoth. The goals of this project were to find whether the source of a news article and a participant’s cognitive style (intuitive vs. analytic) affected recall of the article and the perceived objectivity of the article. To test this, we wrote a fabricated news story and digitally manipulated it to appear to be from either The New York Times (NYT) or People Magazine. We administered personality assessments to obtain the participant’s cognitive style, then gave them the article which appeared to be from either NYT or People, and then provided questionnaires about the participant’s recall of the article’s details and perceived objectivity of the article. These questionnaires included reverse coded questions and used a 7-point Likert scale.

Jessica and I independently conducted this project for approximately 4.5 months during Fall Semester 2016. I collected one half of the participants through convenience sampling, wrote the article which we digitally manipulated, and took part in writing an APA style report about the project. This research contributed to the overall research mission of the methods class by creating a unique and relevant project that included a social justice element. The purpose of the class was to synthesize psychological research methods we had learned in class, such as statistical analysis using SPSS, academic journal research, writing and creating surveys, and the experimental method, so by executing a successful project, we contributed to the overall quality of the professor’s lab and class.

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Western Psychological Association Conference 2017

I worked with Prof. Paul Zarnoth and two other students to study gender, confidence, and social influence. We administered personality assessments to over 60 undergraduate participants and consolidated that data to be analyzed with statistical software. We found a “confidence gap” female participants when answering quantitative questions in mixed-sex pairs. We presented these findings in a poster session at the 97th Annual Western Psychological Association conference in Sacramento, California. With a new research team, I was selected to continue to expand this research project in the coming year.