Sep
30

Poster Presentations

I’ve done quite a few poster presentations during my time as a researcher at William & Mary. When I first began, I was very intimidated by these presentations, but now–although there are still a few butterflies–I actually really look forward to them. My research is something I enjoy, and that I don’t often have the…
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Aug
29

The Challenges of Double-Blind Experimentation

In order to avoid biasing results in my experiment, I have to employ a double-blind methodology. This means that participants cannot know my hypotheses or what condition they are in, and the experimenter coding their responses also cannot know what condition they are in. This is why my blog posts tend to be so vague.…
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Aug
29

Programming

It may seem unexpected that programming would play a large role in psychology experiments, but actually the two are often quite related. Researchers must create programs to display the stimuli and data collection methods that will be used on participants. Having a minor in computer science has been very helpful to me in this matter,…
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Jun
06

Getting my Bearings

One week of research is almost over; it’s hard to believe. I’m still in the early stages: lots of reading for my lit review, resubmitting to the IRB, choosing stimuli for our program, and working on designing the program itself.

May
16

Cross-Cultural Differences in Response to Images of Emotional Faces

Hello! My name is Katie, and I’m a rising senior, majoring in Psychology and hoping to minor in Computer Science. This summer I will begin research for my psychology honor’s thesis, and I’m excited to share my progress on this blog! Unfortunately, I’m unable to divulge too much detailed information about my hypotheses and progress…
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