APA Psych Science in Three and GSU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
Mary Fernandes placed first and also won the People’s Choice award in GSU’s Spring 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, where contestants practiced explaining research to a general audience. Mary’s talk focused on findings from her master’s thesis. She subsequently went on to place first in the American Psychological Association’s national Psych Science in 3 competition. Congratulations to Mary!
“Associations Between Pupillary Response Patterns to Emotional Faces and Self-Reported Social Anxiety”
“Pupil dilation, a reliable and parsimonious measure of emotional and cognitive load (Bradley, Miccoli, Escrig, & Lang, 2008), has begun to receive attention as a non-invasive, temporally-sensitive way to measure physiological reactivity in clinical populations (Silk et al., 2007; Siegle et al., 2003; Siegle, Steinhauer, & Thase, 2004). Theories of anxiety and its maintenance suggest that individuals experiencing anxiety, including social anxiety (SA), display biased cognition characterized by attention bias to threat, negative interpretation of neutral cues, and catastrophizing (Eysenck, 2014; Barlow, 2002), which are likely to be reflected in pupil diameter measures.
In a college sample, I assessed the association between self-reported SA and pupil diameter in response to emotional faces that were morphed in intensity from high angry to high happy. Across the sample, regardless of level of SA, pupil diameter was largest in response to high angry faces. At 500ms post-stimulus onset, pupil diameter in response to low angry feedback faces significantly predicted SA, such that pupil diameter was negatively associated with level of SA, suggesting an avoidant response. The present findings have implications for how physiological reactivity in response to ambiguous stimuli might vary as a function of SA.”
National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA
Katie Murphy. Can Increased Levels of Physical Activity and Emotion Regulation Protect Against Symptoms of Anxiety Following Childhood Emotional Abuse?
*Poster also presented (2019) at the 65th annual SEPA- (Southeastern Psychological Association) in Jacksonville, FL.
Hannah Carter. Associations between Religiosity/Spirituality and First-Generation College Students’ Psychological Well-Being.
*Poster also presented (2018) at the 18th annual PURC- (Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Riley O’Neill. Examining Associations between Race-Related Stress and Anxiety About Violence around Police Officials.
*Poster also presented (2019) at the 65th annual SEPA- (Southeastern Psychological Association) in Jacksonville, FL. *Poster also presented (2018) at the 18th annual PURC- (Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA
Katie Murphy. Social Anxiety as a Predictor of Problematic Patterns of Interpersonal Skills.
*Poster won undergraduate award at the GPA- (Georgia Psychological Association) 2019 conference
Sydney Reese. Spirituality, Interpersonal Behavior, and Secure Attachment.
Nebil Ahmed. Human Social Approach-Avoidance Decision Making: Feasibility of Neuroimaging Research.