College Bullying: An Exploratory Analysis

By Amelia D. Perry

Abstract Most research on bullying focuses on the K-12 education system or the workplace, but few studies focus on higher education. Most colleges combine hazing, harassment, and bullying into one category, which makes a primary focus on bullying difficult. Researchers have identified four main types of bullying: physical, verbal, social, and cyber. For this study, … Continue reading →

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The Effects of the Neutral Response Option on the Extremeness of Participant Responses

By Melinda L. Edwards and Brandon C. Smith

Abstract Previous research suggests that when presented with a neutral response option, people will be more likely to select that option than report their actual opinion. The current study examined the extremeness of participant responses to sensitive statements as affected by the availability of a neutral response option on a Likert Scale. Contrary to past … Continue reading →

Psychology, Research, Volume 6

Prosocial Behavior as a Result of Prosocial Music

By Jessica L. Sudlow

Abstract Past research supports the notion that prosocial music can promote prosocial behavior and lower aggression. For this study, I tested how prosocial lyrics, relative to no lyrics and aggressive lyrics, affected prosocial behavior in college students. Participants listened to a song that was neutral, aggressive, or prosocial in content. A Likert scale questionnaire assessed … Continue reading →

Psychology, Research, Volume 5

Phonological Similarity versus Semantic Similarity on False Memory Induction

Abstract The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of semantically and phonologically related words on false memory induction in working memory. Three groups of individuals participated. One group viewed lists of words that were phonologically similar, another group viewed semantically similar word lists, and the third group viewed arbitrarily related word lists. … Continue reading →

Psychology, Research, Volume 4

The Effect of Judges’ Instructions about Case Information on Jury Memory

By Cassandra L. Wilson,   Dr. Eric Laws

Abstract Striking information from the record, as instructed by a judge, is a procedure heavily relied upon in the legal system, yet there is little evidence to support the procedure as successfully removing this information from consideration by the jury. Two scenarios of different degrees of severity, defense-stricken, defense, and no defense (control), were therefore … Continue reading →

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