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Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Student Research Opportunities

During your studies at Cedar Crest, you will not only gain a solid knowledge base in psychology, but will also have the opportunity to conduct research. You will also develop your oral and written communication skills, enabling you to present your findings before peers, faculty and attendees at conferences. Specifically, you will:

  • Apply research methods learned in courses to research questions of interest
  • Receive training on state-of-the-art lab equipment available on campus
  • Develop complementary skills such as critical thinking, teamwork and leadership
  • Learn to articulate your findings in a professional manner

Student Research Projects

You have the opportunity to work on a research project in a faculty member’s area of interest. The semester before you begin the research course, you will select a subject upon which to focus your psychology research. Your project must relate to the expertise of one of the members of our department’s faculty. Because each professor specializes in a different field of psychology, our program offers students a wide variety of choices for project topics.

Kenia Valdez describes her research project during the annual Health and Wellness conference at Cedar Crest.After your project topic is approved, you will work with the appropriate faculty member to conduct and develop your research. Upon completion of your research, you will be invited to share your findings at a number of conferences, including the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Undergraduate Conference in Psychology and a conference for the Eastern Psychological Association. Cedar Crest also holds an annual Health and Wellness Conference in which students may also choose to present their research to the campus community.

Recent Student Research Presentations

Students have presented the following research projects at these recent psychology conferences.

LVAIC Undergraduate Conference in Psychology, April 19, 2014

The Impact of Weight and Gender on Perceptions of Sales Associate Effectiveness
Lauren Salgado
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Impact of Women’s Leadership Priming on Moderation of Math Stereotype Threat Effect
Alyssa Babecki
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

LVAIC Undergraduate Conference in Psychology, April 20, 2013

The Influence of Romantic Jealousy and Attractive Females on Male Desirability
Danielle Baldassare
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Effects of Character Profiles on Video Game Aggression in Females
Natalie Dial
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Immersion in Video Games: The Influence of Motivation and Decision-Making on Physiological Measures
Sara A. Barscheski
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Rats’ Performance in Mazes of Varying Complexity
Olivia Franks
Faculty advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Cross Modal Transfer of the Same-Different Concept from Odorant Stimuli to Auditory Stimuli in the Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)
Laurian Della and Sharon Himmanen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Influences on Gender, Race, and Disparaging Content on the Appreciation of Stand-up Comedians: Are We Amused?
Andrea Blake
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Effect of Condom Possession and Verbal Resistance on Perceptions of Sexual Assault
Kelly Bauer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Effects of Racial and Occupational Stereotypes on Resume Evaluation and Hiring Decisions
Elizabeth Martinez
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

LVAIC Undergraduate Conference in Psychology, April 21, 2012

Violent Video Games Enjoyment and Frustration:  Influences of Game Difficulty and Personality
Sara Berscheski
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Sleep Deprivation and Odor Detection Thresholds in Rats (Rattus norvegicus)
Laurian Della
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

The Influence of Contraceptive Choice and Promiscuity on Perceptions of Sexual Behavior
Danica Hannis
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Perception Regarding Young Mothers:  The Effects of Age and Life-Circumstances
Jennifer Kerns
Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Scepansky

Effects of Face Shape and Symmetry on Mock Jurors' Perceptions of Defendants
Crystal Morloch
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Recognition of a Face Following Superficial Modifications
Liselotte Penix
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen

Influence of Priming on the Categorization of Gender Stereotyped Role Words
Kristin Scott
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. James Scepansky

The Effects of Priming Stereotype and Equality on Occupational Hiring
Kenia Valdez
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. James Scepansky

The Effects of Frustration on Approach-Motivated Behavior
Rena Wallace
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Himmanen