Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs)

Senior Individualized Projects

            All psychology majors design and carry out a thesis or research project in their senior year on a topic of their choosing.  These Senior Individualized Projects (SIPs) may involve laboratory or field experiments, surveys or interviews, computer simulations, or evaluations of treatment or educational programs.

            Some students do SIPs as research assistants with department faculty;  some as research assistants on studies at universities or research institutes;  some conduct studies on their own with faculty supervision;  some choose to write a comprehensive “literature review” on a topic of interest.  Most SIPs resemble Masters Theses in scope and quality, and our graduates report that their SIP projects gave them a significant advantage in their careers and graduate study.

            SIPs are planned in the spring quarter of the junior year, carried out in the following summer and senior fall quarter, and presented publicly at the Van Liere Symposium in the spring.  Recent SIP projects have included:

  • The Effect of Mediation in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children
  • Effects of Hippocampal, Amygdala, Superior Sulcul, and Temporal Lobe Volumes on Social Functioning in Children with Velocardiofacial Syndrome
  • An Interview Study of Changing Attitudes Toward Domestic Violence in Vietnam
  • Altruistic Punishment in Children
  • Communicating Consent:  An Analysis of College Students’ Folk Psychology of Sex
  • Brain Expansion in Early Members of the Homo Genus
  • Examining Tonal Stability in Children’s Production of Conventional Songs
  • Doctors’ Communication of Trust in Recurrent Cancer
  • Discriminative Stimulus Effects and 5-HT(2A) receptors
  • Change Management in Sales Organizations
  • Pathological vs. Professional Gamblers:  Differences in Personality, Beliefs, and Comorbidity
  • The Effect of Task on Visual Attention to Faces in Autism
  • Caste and Identity Formation of Dalit-s (“Untouchables”) in Southern India
  • The Effects of Childhood Abuse on the Development of Postpartum Psychopathology
  • The Media’s Influence on Self-Objectification and Perfectionism in Women
  • Temporal Dynamics and Neural Basis of Cognitive Control in Associative Learning