Senior Essays

This page lists all of the senior projects from previous cognitive science majors, organized by year. If a project title is blue, you may click on it to download a PDF of it.

 

CLASS OF 2017

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Selena Anjur-Dietrich Diversity and Quality of Institutions: Fostering Prosociality toward Outgroup Members David Rand
Eryk Banatt Input Latency Detection in Expert-Level Games: An experiment in visuomotor perception Brian Scholl and Stefan Uddenberg
Nathaly Basto Camargo Human Relationships: A Systematic Review of the Outcomes of Intergenerational Programs Claudia Valeggia and Melanie Martin
Kevin Blohm What have we learned in non-human primate behavioral economics Mark Sheskin
Hatice Nur Eken The Impact of Psychopathic Traits and Anxiety on Responses to Social Exclusion in Adolescents and Young Adults Arielle Baskin-Sommers
Grant Fergusson Your Mind on Politics: exploring a theory of identity fusion during the 2016 presidential election Yarrow Dunham and Antonia Misch
Angelica Fuentes Effects of Pharmacological Manipulations on Natural Social Interaction in Rhesus Macaques: A Pilot Investigation  Steve Chang
Rachel Ha I’d Rather Hear From the Robot: The Potential for Social Robots As Evaluators That Provide Negative Performance Feedback  Brian Scassellati and Sarah Strohkorb
Darby Henry The Influence of Neuroscientific Evidence on Mock Jurors Hedy Kober and Gideon Yaffe
Paul Holden Dogs Do Not Change Their Problem Solving Strategies After Receiving Pedagogical Cues Laurie Santos and Angie Johnston
Lydia Keating A cross cultural analysis of implict and explicit xenophobia John Dovidio
Toby Knisely A Meta-Analysis on Drug Cue-Induced Craving and Outcomes Hedy Kober
Ben McCoubrey How much does an anchor weigh? Psycholphysical anchoring and the role of mental representation in weight judgments Shane Frederick
Chris Melamed Mechanisms of Optimistically Biased Belief Formation Laurie Santos and Matthew Jordan
Sara Metzger Chronic Overcommitment: The Role of Opportunity Cost Consideration in Time Commitment Decisions Gal Zauberman
Abdel Morsy Specificity in Psychological Distances Shane Frederick
Tiffany Oche
There are Two Sides to Every Coin: 
Metacognitive Scaffolding and the Development of a Critical Epistemology
Mark Sheskin
Alexander Sernyak Rationally Biased Cognition: A Study of Ideologically Motivated Information Processing Dan Kahan
Andrea Smith From Where She Stands: Standpoint Theory as a Significant Predictor of Diversity in Academia Jason Stanley
Emma Speer When laughing gets serious: Gender Bias in Humor Perception Mark Sheskin
Sean Sullivan Vocalization Defects in Conditional Foxp2-KO Mice David McCormick
Nate Swetlitz More to the Point: Dogs (Canis familiaris) interpret pointing as a command that conveys information Laurie Santos and Angie Johnston
Lisa Ann Tang Mechanism and Problem-Solving: What do you want to know? Kristi Lockhart and Frank Keil
Lucy Tashman Virtual Reality in Scripted Television: Why it will ultimately fail Paul Bloom
Natalie Warren From Norm to Table (and Beyond): The Cooperative Dilemma of University Food Waste Dave Rand and Gordon Kraft-Todd
Camille Weisenbach More Than a Game: Sports Team Affiliation as a Social Identity Marker Mark Sheskin
Cindy Xue On the origins of chronic regulatory focus: The role of socioeconomic status Woo-kyoung Ahn
Grace Yi Threat Perception, Legitimation, and the 1911 Baltimore Racial Zoning Ordinance Henry Cowles

 

CLASS OF 2016

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Chen, Lucia Multi-Choice Defaults in Charitable Giving (Or: How to Manipulate People for Social Good) Ravi Dhar
Cobb, Abby A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Academic Performance Susan Rivers
Cohen, Matthew Framing Private Vaccination Behavior as a Public Good: A Randomized Trial of Self- and Other-Framed Influenza Vaccination Appeals David Rand
Connelly, Rebecca Perceptions on Transforming the True Self Nina Strohminger
Dow, Anny The Emotional Marketplace Gregory Samanez-Larkin
Durkin, Allison The Development of a Preference for Procedural Justice Tom Tyler
Feldstein, Emily “How Many?”: Object Individuation in Canines (Canis familiaris) Using Spatiotemporal, Property/Kind, and Verbal Cues Laurie Santos
Garvey, Katherine Belief Contagion: Susceptibility to Others’ Beliefs in Canis familiaris Laurie Santos
Hullar, Kateline The Effects of Common In-Group Identity and Race of the Narrator on Perceived Credibility of Stories of Racial Discrimination Jack Dovidio
Jiang, Irene Does the Mere Experience of Empathetic Emotion Shape Self-Perceptions? Margaret Clark
Kagan, Ari Imperfect Deliberation, Context Sensitive Intuition, and the Evolution of Cooperation David Rand
Kim, Savina Behavioral Economics and the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces: Utilizing Choice Architecture to Optimize Consumer Decisions for Health Insurance Fiona Scott Morton
Lee, James Do Domestic Canines (Canis familiaris) Understand Human Competence? Laurie Santos
Leopold, Michael Smarter in the Long-Term: Diminishing Ambiguity Aversion in a Repeated Ellsberg Urn Task  Shane Frederick
Lewis, Aaron Can Images of “Watching Eyes” Kick-Start Donations to Crowdfunding Campaigns? Shane Frederick
Liu, Carleen Group and Similarity Effects on Cooperation and Punishment Yarrow Dunham
Marvin, Rebecca

Reassessing the Poverty of the Stimulus

That-trace Effect: Parameter Setting or Distributional Learning?

Robert Frank
Matyas, Daniel

You Had My Curiosity, But Now You Have My Attention: Camera Movement and the Spatial Distribution of Audience Attention in Cinema

Brian Scholl
Pavco-Giaccia, Olivia Rationality is Gendered: Using Social Cognition to Explore the Thinking/Feeling Gender Bias Jason Stanley
Ryu, Jun Hwan Designing Neural Networks for Surface Normal Estimation Steven Zucker
Schroeder, Jordan Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Effects of Metareference and Direct Address in Fictional Narrative Jonathan Kramnick
Shorenstein, Danielle The Effect of Color on Monetary Decisions Regarding Risk Ifat Levy
Solder, John Cognition and Histamine: H1 Receptor Modulation of Prefrontal Cortex from Fungi in the Amazon to Working Memory Function in the Rat Brain Amy Arnsten
Spaulding, Rebecca Examining Executive Function and Empathetic Processing in Disinhibited Populations Using the Social Simon Task Arielle Baskin-Sommers
Stern, Daniel “The Thirty Dollar Drop”: A Study of (1) Risk Aversion, (2) “Perceived Control” Effect, (3) Under- and Over-Confidence, and (4) Hindsight Bias in “Hedged” Decisions Shane Frederick
Tolappa, Aaditya Measuring Distinct Reward Processes in Depression and Mania Jutta Joormann
Wong, Matthew Role of General Competence in Risk and Ambiguity Preferences Shane Frederick
Yu, Jonathan Structural Imaging Findings in PTSD: Tracing Neuroanatomy Through the 5-Factor Model Ifat Levy

 

 

CLASS OF 2015

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Chen, Monica Turnip the Beet… and the Brain: How Cognitive Science Can Inform Food-Related Public Service Messaging Greg Samanez-Larkin
Froome, Nia I Had a Dream that Greenwald Developed a Prejudice Detector…But Then I Woke Up: Critical Issues with the Implicit Association Test and What Can Be Done  Kristi Lockhart
Gertler, Aaron Charitable Fundraising and Smart Giving: How Can Charities Use Behavioral Science to Drive Donations? Hedy Kober
Gottlieb, Deena Was it Meant to Be? Atheism and Teleological Reasoning about Life Events Paul Bloom and Koni Banerjee
Jones, Lindsey Great Expectations: Developing a Behavioral Method of Reward Prediction Error Laurie Santos
Kaye-Kauderer, Halley The Dimensions of Mind Perception: Agency, Experience and the Need for More Fine-Grained Dimensions of Variation Aaron Norby
Kim, Emmett The Ransom Note Effect: Modeling Visual Word Recognition through the Lens of Typographic Theory Brian Scholl and Chaz Firestone
Mahoney, Erin Adult Language Learning: A New View Informed by Hyperpolyglots Kate Davidson
Pham, Tammy Effect of Attentional Focus on the Formation of New Memories Marcia Johnson and Kyungmi Kim
Ratskevich, Maria The Implications of a Gradient Cognitive Model of Possession and Ownership Concepts for the Theoretical Approach of Developmental Research on Ownership: A Linguistic Critique Ashwini Deo
Roth, Alexander A Novel Framework for a Two-dimensional Conceptualization of Misrepresenting the World Around Us: Misperceptions and Illusory Beliefs Lawrence Marks
Schoening, Rachel Shaping Viewer Experience through Communication of Artistic Intent Insights from Cognitive Science towards Greater Accessibility in the 21st Century Museum George Newman
Silver, Ike Empirical Evidence of Selective Dualism between Mental Traits Josh Knobe
Sin, Lucas Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads- We Need Stories: Mental Time Travel as a Function of a Narrative Model of Mind Aaron Norby
Ullman, Daniel Distinguishing between Intentionality and Agency in the Context of Human-Robot Interaction Brian Scassellati
Weiner, Daniel Regulation of Desires in Everyday Life Partially Mediates the Relation between Dopamine and  BMI Across the Human Life Span Greg Samanez-Larkin
Yoder, Kyle The Monstrous Player: Studying Acting and Performance through the Lens of Cognitive Science Thalia Goldstein
Youssef, Sharif Sickly and Contagious: Vegan Stereotypes and Ravi Dhar
 Contagion Effects in the Domain of Food
Zhang, Muye The Development of Metonymic Processing Maria Pinango

 

CLASS OF 2014

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Zachary Bakal Individual Differences in Moral Judgment Steve Guglielmo (CGSC) Postdoc/Lecturer
Kevin Chen Gender Salience is Mediated by Correlation between Natural Gender and Grammatical Gender: A Novel Paradigm and Proposal for Investigating Linguistic Relativity in Gender Laurence Horn
Nace Cohen Conformity on the Computer: The Role of Conformity in Online Interaction and Computer-Mediated Communication  Yarrow Dunham
Daniel First The Neural Basis of Craving Hedy Kober
Jenner Fox Music, Spirituality, and Evolution: How Altered States of Consciousness Induced through Music Might Boost the Evolutionary Argument for Music as a Biologically Transformative Technology of the Mind Ian Quinn
John Griswold The Implications of Science’s Immunity to Moral Refutation in Cognitive Science Daniel Greco
Reuben Hendler Brief Mindfulness Training, Cognitive Performance, & Pro-Social Behavior Hedy Kober
Katarzyna Hitczenko Incremental Versus Batch Search: Cognitive Limitations Affect Learing Outcomes in Word Segmentation Gaja Jarosz
Julia Hosch The Impact of Music in Decision-Making Situations Eve Poudrier
Jasmeet Jernaill We Are the Sum of our Transgressions Negativity Bias and Asymmetry in Moral Judgment Steve Guglielmo (CGSC) Postdoc/Lecturer
Sophia Jia Consumption Utility Neglect (Or why People Go Crazy on Black Friday) Ravi Dhar
Matthew K Johnson Utilizing Power Posing to Manipulate Perspective Taking in Moral Processing Michael Crowley
 Hobart Lim Role of Emotions in Decision-making as Integral and Incidental: an Exploration of a Possible Framework to Integrate the Different Theories and Findings Greg Samanez-Larkin
Eugena O’Donnell Dublin English: A Linguistic Analysis of Social Change Ryan Bennett
 Cindy Ok Lakoff Today: Reinterpreting Old Postulates of Gender in Language Marianne LaFrance
Greta Parnes Nonverbal Autism in Deaf Children Exposed to Sign: Two Case Studies and Avenues for Further Research Kathryn Davidson
Julie Qui The Role of Individual Differences and Effectiveness of Health Messaging in Cognitive Training Products Greg Samanez-Larkin
Tyler Reynolds The Cognitive Science of Financial Bubbles: Cognitive Biases and Neurological Causes Greg Samanez-Larkin
Mariya Toneva Towards a Model for Attribute-based Representation of Scenes in Human Vision Marvin Chun
Geoffrey Van Psychedelics and Creativity: a Review Noah Capurso
Liliana Varman Can Capuchin Monkeys Infer Others’ Goals? Laurie Santos
Rebecca Watsky Opening the Doors: Attentional Saccades and the Requirements for Conscious Perception Hal Blumenfeld
Nathaniel Weinstein The Influence of Visual and Verbal Presentation Styles on the Success of a Computer-Assisted Learning Module for Math Brian Scassellati
Nicole Wenger A Literature Review of Alzheimer’s Disease and Fear Conditioning: Can Studying their Intersection Improve Understanding of the Disease? Greg Samanez-Larkin
Michael Wolner Seeking Recommender Liking over Expertise as a Regret-minimization Strategy Nathan Novemsky

CLASS OF 2013

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Sohini Bandy Attention to Emotion in Bipolar Disorder Using an Eye Tracking Approach June Gruber
Ezekiel Blackwell Psychological Theories of Humor: A Literature Review and Methodological Critique Paul Bloom
 Cynthia Chen You Don’t Think I Like You on Purpose? Intentionality in Psychology Verbs Joshua Knobe
Max Cho Causality as a Perceptual Size Modifier Brian Scholl
 Paul M Cohen Context Independent Preferences in Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella) Laurie Santos
Alan Cowen Reconstruction Perceived Face Images from Evoked Brain Activity in Fmri Marvin Chun
Simon Cozzens Power, Inequality, and Action: Exploring Hierarchy through Cognitive Jaime Napier
Julian DeFreitas Attentional Rhythm: A Temporal Analogue of Object- Based Attention (Angier Award winner for Psychology and CGSC) (Henry Snow Prize winner: highest ugrad sr. award) Brian Scholl
Jennifer Friedman Exquisitely Useless: The Evolution of Arbitrary Aesthetics in Cotingidae, in Redefining Evolutionary Aesthetics Richard Prum
Gregory Hindy Moral Psychology and Performance Art George Newman (SOM)
David Kastelman Justice as Fairness for all: Strains of Commitment,  Empirical Work in Normative Philosophy, and Judging Liberal Democracies Thomas Pogge
 Nayeon Kim The Effect of a Future Memory Test on Age-related  Differences in BOLD Response in Category-selective Regions During Perceptual Attention Marcia Johnson
 Sebastian Park A Hard Reset: How Professional Poker Players Trained to Be Optimally Rational Succumb to Systematically Predictable Deviations from Learned Strategy Only to Return to the Optimal after a Period of Break Scott Boorman
James Silveira Where is My Mind?-Self-concept Representations in Bicultural Individuals Keith Chen
JohnMark Taylor The Phylogeny of Willpower: Ego Depletion in Capuchin Monkeys Laurie Santos
Kartik Venkatraman Polarizing Experts: Examining the Effect of Challenges to Our Beliefs from Credible Sources Joshua Knobe
Benjamin Watsky Chapel Town to Alwoodley: A Case Study of Sociolinguistic  Variation in the Jewish Community of Leeds Bob Frank
Victoria Westerhoff Value Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Investigating the Effects of  Value on Perceptual Averaging Brian Scholl
Beau Wittmer Longshots and Friends: Social Distance, Risk-Preferences, and the Overweighting of Low Probabilities for When Betting for Other People Nathan Novemsky

CLASS OF 2012

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Mary Altonji The Effect of Money Primes on Relationship Orientation Margaret Clark
Hilary Barr Art as Communication with Painting Elephants Stephen Anderson
Ashok Bhaskar Vowel and Consonant Feature Influence on Non-Arbitrary Sound-Symbol Mapping Carol Fowler
Samuel Brudner Fixating an Irrelevant Object Speeds Early Word Recall if the Object Was Fixated During Learning Brian Scholl
Sofija Canavan Accomplished Lucid Dreamers and Prefrontal Task Function Peter Morgan MD PhD
Linda Chang Function-based Individuation of Artifacts in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta) Laurie Santos
Nicole Cohen Inequity Aversion in Capuchins: A New Methodology Laurie Santos
Nicolas Finger Comparison of Attitudes and Beliefs about Bisexuals, Homo-sexuals, and Heterosexuals: Perceived Vulnerability to Disease Predicts Negative Attitudes Marianne LaFrance
Shelley Foran The Power of Explanation: Its Role in Enhancing the Ability to Learn from Experience and Facilitating the Generalization of Learning across Domains Nathan Novemsky
Paul Joo The Cognitive Science of Corruption Marvin Chun
Hope Kronman Effects of Stress on Auditory Cued Fear Conditioning Glenn Schafe
Claire Paulson Prosodic Signatures in the Speech of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Jelena Krivokapic
Raja Pillai The Sibling and the Cerebellum: A New Marker for Face  Processing Deficits in ASD? Kevin Pelphrey
Patrick Pitoniak Psychological Priming and Conflict of Interest Daylian Cain
Nicholas Simmons-Stern  Music as a Memory Enhancer Ian Quinn
Cynthia Weaver Beliefs about Contagion Moderate the Effects of the Perceived Fit of Brand Extensions George Newman (SOM)
Chloe Zale The Role of Gender and Food Preferences as Expressed in a Regulation of Craving Task Hedy Kober

CLASS OF 2011

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
James Cersonsky The Identity Politics of Consensus: Democrats’ and Republicans’ Views Converge as a Function of Abstract, Nation-Based Thinking Jaime Napier
 Brendan Dill How to Start a Revolution in Charitable Giving Frank Keil
Samantha Ellner The Necessity of Extrapolation in Multiple Object Tracking  Brian Scholl
AJ Haskins Parents’ Topic  Management and Attention Contingency in Free-Play Interactions with Autistic Children Rhea Paul
Sabrina Karim Reflection Over Reflexiveness: The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Behavior Regulation Hedy Kober
Andi Klestadt Toward a Comprehensive Amodle of Phonological Acquisition: How Research on Mnadaring Lexical Tone Can Enhance Under- standing of First and Second Language Acquisition Rhea Paul
Harrison Korn Neurolaw: Differential Brain Activity for Black and White Faces Predicts Damage Awards in Hypothetical Employment  Discrimination Cases Marvin Chun
Jarrett Lovelett Learning Recursive Rules; the Importance of Statistical Relation-ships in Training Corpora for Artificial Grammar Learning Bob Frank
 Stephanie Marton The Venture Capital Decision-Making Process: Insights from the Behavioral Sciences Joe Simmons
Jacqueline Meadow (Beanie) The Role of Interdependence in Prejudice Jaime Napier
 Nicholas Selz Regressing to Our Moral Sweet Spot: A New Model of Behavior Fluctuation Daylian Cain
Jason Sullivan Order Effects: Positional vs. Temporal Effects in Choice and Judgement Shane Frederick
 JinJin Sun How Does the Perception of Animacy Influence Behavior?: Online Avoidance Based on Cues to the Direction of Intention Brian Scholl
Yue, Amy  Event “Grain” and Associative Strength in Memory: Fine-grained and Coarse-grained Events Frank Keil

CLASS OF 2010

STUDENT  SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Ahmet Aktay Investigating Pre-Target Brain Activity and its Behavioral Effects  in a Visual Detection Task Greg McCarthy
Pria Anand Toward an Understanding of Working Memory: Dopamine and Internal Calcium Release in Prefrontal Cortical Neurons Mark Yeckel
Wilma Bainbridge Using Computer-Generated Facebook Profiles to Understand Perception of Online Personas Brian Scassellati
Samuel Cartmell Attraction and Partner Selection: A Study in Social Decision-Making Marvin Chun
Ian Cutler The Effect of Near Misses on Subjective Probability and Risk Taking Joe Simmons
Brian Earp Incidental Exposure to No-Smoking Signs Primes Craving for Cigarettes: An Ironic Effect of Unconscious Semantic Processing? John Bargh
Emma Griffin Rebellion and the Status Quo: Effects of the Unconscious Motivation to Rebel on the Status Quo Bias John Bargh
Lauren Hartman Characterizing Self-Regulation: An Integration of the Ego-Depletion and Construal Level Models Jeremy Gray
Jack Ben Margines Provincial Norms: How Situation Specific Normative Information Can Effectively Change Behavior Joe Simmons
Samuel Norman-Haignere Task-Modulated Functional Connectivity in Category-Selective Networks Greg McCarthy and Marvin Chun
Jesse Obbink  UncertaintyMoral Noise: A Quarantining Model for Reduction of Moral Dan Kahan
Tiffany Petrosino Naming as a Conduit for Emotional Attachment: Toward an Understanding of the Brand-Consumer Relationship Joe Simmons
Ian Randolph Unraveling and Reweaving the Law of Attraction: Physics, Belief, and Transformation David Gelernter and Michael Basso
Nicole Roberts Early Language Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders Rhea Paul
Amy Skerry Capuchin Monkeys Do Not Behave Prosocially Towards a Conspecific in an Instrumental Helping Task Mark Sheskin and Laurie Santos
Susan Steinman Malleability and Optimistic Bias Erica Dawson and Cade Massey
Eric Tsytsylin Face and Reputation Processing During the Trust Game: An fMRI Study Greg McCarthy
Leah Wibecan Causal Cognition in Non-human Primates: Abilities of Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella) to Reason About Unobserved Causes Laurie Santos

CLASS OF 2009

STUDENT SENIOR PROJECT TITLE ADVISOR
Matthew Baer Modulation of Inhibition and Disinhibition of Associative Memory Networks as the Basis of Creative Cognition Tamar Gendler
Luke Broster Harmonic Priming and Musical Expectancy: The Circle of Fifths and Harmonic Function Models Ian Quinn
Benjamin Deen Hand Motion Perception during Naturalistic Stimulation: A Parietal-Temporal Network Analyzed with Regression and Time-Frequency Decomposition Greg McCarthy
Margarita Gorlin Understanding of Basic Probability in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta): A Perspective on Human Base Rate Neglect Laurie Santos
J. Alex Johnson Comparing Phototactic Cues to Word and Morpheme Boundaries in Multiple Languages Gaja Jarosz
Amy Jones Differences in Analogical Domain as an Aid to Comprehension: A New “Teaching-with-Analogies” Model Jeremy Gray
Joel Knopf Teachers Can and Should Violate Students’ Expectations about Concepts Jeremy Gray
Sydney Levine An Experimental Philosophy Approach to Imaginative Resistance Tamar Gendler
David Mackenzie Formal Models of Iterative Pair-wise Choices Keith Chen
Jordan Malter Diminishing Selective Exposure to Politically Polarizing Information on the Internet Joe Simmons
Olivia Scheck In Defense of Emotionalism: Empirical Evidence and Its  Jonathan Gilmore
  Philosophical Relevance  
Heather Stoller Positive Effects of Uncertainty: When Uncertain Incentives Increase Performance on an Anagram Task Ravi Dhar
Mai-Ahn Vu Aging, The Prefrontal Cortex, and Memory Encoding: fMRI Contributions Marcia Johnson
Kara Weisman Memory for Specific Sensory Stimuli: Absolute Pitch and the Possiblity of ” Absolute Hue” David Ross