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Annual Symposium for Undergraduate Psychology Engagement and Research (SUPER) Poster Sessions

The 8th Annual SUPER Poster Session was held Thursday April 27th, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in The Jay Room in the Kansas Memorial Union.  If you would like to read up on the amazing presentations that were given please check out the 2017 SUPER Poster Session Abstract Book!   

Winners from 2017 were: 

BEST HONORS THESIS: Jacob Chamberlin
The Influence of High School Athletes’ Perceptions of the Motivational Climate on Athletic Identity and Academic Endeavors
Athletics are an important part of many students’ lives, and can enrich their overall student experience (Hansen, Larson, & Dworkin, 2003). Poux and Fry (2015), employing Achievement Goal Perspective Theory, found that Division I collegiate athletes who perceived a high caring/task-involving climate on their sport teams were likely to report more engagement in their academic and future career preparation as well as a high athletic identity. These researchers suggest that athletes’ commitment to both athletics and academics can complement one another. These relationships with college athletes have not yet been examined with high school athletes. The purpose of this study, then, was to examine the relationship between high school athletes’ perceptions of the motivational climate to their academic motivation, academic endeavors, athletic and academic identities, and coach and teammate support. Athletes (N = 228: 75 females & 146 males; Mage= 15.8 years, SD = 1.09) participating in fall sports at high schools located in the Midwestern region of the U.S. completed a survey that included the measures of interest. A canonical correlation analysis revealed one significant function [L = .50, F (18) = 7.68 (p < .001); The canonical correlation was .67 with 44% overlapping variance]. In accord with the loadings, athletes who perceived a high caring/task-involving climate reported higher career self efficacy, engagement in their academic and future career preparation, academic identity, and team and coach support. A caring/task-involving motivational climate in sport settings may be critical in developing high school athletes’ ability to pursue academic endeavors outside of sports and feel supported.

Looking at Differences in Female Mental Health: The Role of Menstrual Hormone Regulation
Women tend to experience mood disorders at disproportionately higher rates than men, yet little research has focused on female-specific health contributions to this phenomenon. Hormone regulation, specifically the menstrual cycle, was targeted for investigation due to its important role in mood, sleep, and behavior. Specifically, it was predicted that women with irregular menstrual cycles, a form of hormone dysregulation, were more likely to experience increased symptoms of menstrual distress, sleep disturbance, mood disturbance, and rate of cognitive error. To investigate these differences among women, female subjects were recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) to participate in a longitudinal study for the duration of one full menstrual cycle. Results of this study support the hypothesis that irregular women are more likely to experience increased menstrual distress. No other significant results were found; however, trends in the data suggest that irregular women may also experience increased symptoms across sleep disturbance, mood disturbance, and cognitive error. Limitations of sample size and statistical techniques are discussed, along with implications for future research and the utilization of MTurk in longitudinal designs. 

BEST CLASS PROJECT: Sara Kuckelman, Jennifer Boyce, Heather Jackson, Ryan Primovic
​Levels of Arousal in Non-Depressed Individuals During Mood Alteration
The objective of the current study was to determine the differences in arousal levels between non-depressed individuals who have undergone mood alteration via Musical Mood Induction Procedure (MMIP) and those who have not in order to determine whether non-depressed individuals placed in a negative mood respond similarly to clinically depressed individuals. More specifically, it was hypothesized that those in the MMIP condition would have decreased levels of arousal to positive stimuli and increased arousal levels to negative stimuli.  EDC and ECG were used as physiological measures of arousal, while Brief Mood Introspection Survey (BMIS) was used as a rating for mood. The results showed those in the MMIP condition had significantly higher scores on the BMIS, implying the negative mood alteration was successful and showed significantly higher levels of arousal for both positive and negative stimuli. Further research is necessary to explore arousal levels directly between depressed and non-depressed individuals.​