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The Senior Program

Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.

Recent projects in psychology include:

  • Early Infant Stimulation: Using Early Stimulation to Create Less Emotional Adult Rats
  • The Psychology Behind ‘Guilty’ and ‘Not Guilty’: The Decision-making Process of Jurors and Juries During a Trial
  • Leader Selection at a Glance: An Examination of Leader Attributes and Stress Coping in a Naturalistic Setting
  • Reducing Racial Prejudice in a Virtual Environment: A Test of Two Models
  • The Correlation Between Environmental Factors and Eating Disorder Behavior
  • Neurochemical Mechanisms of Drug Addiction: Exploring Commonalities Across Drug Types
  • Perceptions of Leadership Styles: The Relationship between Gender, Emotional Intelligence, and Management Success
  • The Divergent Influence of Narcissism and Self-Esteem on the Ratings of Relational Aggression
  • Individual Differences in Need for Cognition and Minority and Majority Influence
  • Safety Behaviors and Self-Image: Exploring the Multiple Components of Social AnxietySports Anxiety, Motivation, and Performance
  • Resinging in the Brain: Prior Experience with Music Helps the Brain to Predict Forthcoming Words
  • Cracking the Stigma: The Impact of Pro/Antisocial Priming and Prior Knowledge on the Acceptance of Autism
  • Socialization Agents' Influence on Children's Consumer Behavior: The Power of Peers in the Digital Age
  • Predicting Successful Transition to College: Gender Differences in Academic and Social Adjustment
  • Race-Based Stigma Consciousness and Academic Disengagement: The Buffering Role of College Mentorship Programs
  • Cyberbullying and Victimization in College Students: The Importance of Parental Relationships
  • The iVictim: The Relationship Between Cyber Victimization, Personality Types, and Depressive Symptoms
  • "She Didn't Text Me Back!":  Intent Attributions in Cyber Interactions
  • "Mean Girls": Socially Intelligent and Powerful Adolescents as Social Agents of Relational Aggression
  • The Effect of Praise for Ability and Praise for Effort on Children's Motivation and Performance  
  • Attachment and Separation Individuation in the Adolescent Transition to College: A Comparison of Theory and Research 
  • Coping with Negative Self-Referent Thoughts: The Cognitive and Emotional Effects of Suppression and Cognitive Re-appraisal
  • The Effects of Self-Objectification on Women's Math and Verbal Performance
  • When Forming an Impression of an Unknown Person, Do We Use Recently Primed Information or Our Own Self-Schemas?
  • Self-evaluation Maintenance and Closeness in Relationships
  • The Effects of Racial Identification on Peer Judgments of Academic Quality

Contact Information


Psychology Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4367 315-859-4807 psychology@hamilton.edu Psychology Website
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