On Friday, Profs. Olofson and Schmitzer-Torbert traveled with the senior Psychology majors to attend the 2014 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference.  A total of 23 students presented the results of their year-long senior capstone research projects, presenting either a 15 minute oral presentation, or in an hour-long poster session.

It was a busy day, with Fracisco Huerta delivering the first Wabash talk at 8:45am, and Brad Wise capping the end of the day at 4:30pm. The seniors all did an excellent job presenting their work, and it was satisfying to see the results of their capstone research: projects that were begun in the fall of 2013, if not earlier. The Butler URC is a diverse conference, with about 500 presentations were scheduled for the day, from 45 different college and universities.

After the conference, Profs. Gunther, Aubele-Futch and Rush met up with the group at Abyssinia on 38th street to celebrate with Ethiopian cuisine before returning to campus. It was a busy day, but a great way to cap the senior research projects.

And, it was great preparation for the last Psychology event of the year, the Psychology Research Symposium (Thursday, April 24th, 5pm in Detchon International Hall), where our seniors will present posters based on their capstone projects.  Following the poster session, we will have a keynote, delivered by Barron Hewetson ’08, who will be speaking about his career path from a psychology major at Wabash to pursuing graduate studies in biological engineering at Purdue.

Some photos from the day are posted on the Psychology Department Facebook Page:



And, the seniors who presented, and their presentation titles are all listed below:


  • Francisco HuertaCompetition and the Effects on Interpersonal Interactions
  • Shane Brown & James LaRoweHow the Number of Competitors Moderates Performance Between Avoidant and Approach Motivated Individuals
  • Alex HirschNarcissism and the Moderating Effect on Performance and Competition
  • Andy WalshDwell Time in Preschoolers During Nonverbal Theory of Mind Tasks
  • Bobby ThompsonMaternal Mind Mindedness, a Predictor of Theory of Mind
  • Connor O’RearThe Effects of Scaffolding on Children’s Dwell Time in an Implicit False Belief Locations Task
  • Kenton Armbruster & Patrick MarlattValidation of Self-Paced Slide Shows as an Implicit Measure of Theory of Mind
  • Spencer BurkThe Effects of Rivalry on Competitive Performance
  • Spencer PetersAlcohol and Impulsivity
  • Joel BeierAn Investigation into the Effects of Hangover on Memory
  • Fidel OjimbaThe Effects of Video Games on Stress Through Testosterone and Cortisol Activation
  • Trevor YoungEffects of PHA-543613 on the Rodent Anterior Cingulate Cortex: a Study in Rodent Schizophrenia
  • Jacob OwensHow Changing the Contrast of a Visual Stimulus Affects Neuronal Responses in Humans
  • Andrew FultonThe Effects of Local Administration of Flutamide and Fulvestrant in the Right Orbitofrontal Cortex on Impulsive Decision-Making in Male Rats
  • Nathan BryantThe Effects of the Serotonin Agonist Sumatriptan on Aggression in a Neutral Cage in Adult Male Rats
  • Brad WiseThe Impact of Estrogen on Risky Decision-Making in Female Rats


  • Jorge Diaz-Aguilar & Marc EscobedoFacebook and Narcissism
  • Jonathan AnleitnerA Parent Report to Measure Earlier Developments in Children’s Theory of Mind
  • Andrew GibsonThe Impact of Empathy in Physician-Patient Relationships on Malpractice Lawsuits
  • Rudy DuarteThe Relationship between Color Vision and Sleep