Research for 2000-2001
Ahna Brutlag -Ahna is assisting in research into the existence or nonexistence of sexism in the publishing world
Jessica Bryant - Jessica has a published journal article that consists of a write up of a survey experiment she performed in Research Methods. She explored the effects of surveyor appearance on rape myth belief.
Marcy Hochalter- Marcy compared the performance of psychology student's performance on a math pre and post test when they received either positive or negative feedback about their initial results.
Dr. Mealey is currently involved in a research project looking at sexism in publishing (or the lack thereof). Using four different scientific journals, she is looking up the gender of the first listed reference authors for each article for a particular number of issues per year. I performed extensive searches in order to find the first names of the listed authors. This was done via the internet, academic directories and assistance from other profs. The study is still in the process of name collecting so no findings can yet be reported. However, I learned an amazing amount about search engines, academic and scientific journals, data bases and the internet.
Jessica used survey data on rape myths gathered in Research Methods class to rewrite a research paper. She conducted a full literature review on the topic. The paper was then reviewed for publication and accepted. It will be published in the summer of 2001 in the Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality.
The present study compared the performance of forty-eight introductory to psychology students' scores on a mathematical exam before and after receiving manipulated written feedback regarding their scores. Students in the positive feedback condition received scores eight points higher than their actual scores. Students in the negative feedback condition received scores eight points lower than their actual scores, and students in the control condition received their actual scores. A statistically significant difference in the positive direction was found between pre- and post-test scores of students in the negative and positive feedback conditions, indicating that feedback on performance has an effect on subsequent performance.