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Students take honors at Denman

Ohio State Mansfield students rocked the the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum March 30, in stiff competition with more than 600 students university-wide. Three of the seven placed in their category. Senior Psychology student Mark Matthews placed first in the Psychology category, a first for Ohio State Mansfield. Nicholas Deems placed third in Psychology and Kaylor Montgomery placed third in English.

Mark Matthews

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Decoding a moral paradox: How can religious individuals be perceived as both more moral and more hypocritical?
First Place - Psychology

Senior, Psychology major, History and Professional Writing minors
Savannah, Ohio.

My project examined perceptions of hypocrisy amongst different types of Christians by non-Christian and Christian participants. Essentially, this study suggests that non-Christians may view devout and evangelical Christians as being more hypocritical due to Christians having higher moral standards which they cannot live up to.

I have been working on this project since last summer. I was sitting in a coffee shop listening to a group of people talking about how Christians were such hypocrites, and I began to wonder why people might perceive Christians to be hypocrites. I decided to design a study to help answer this question!

Following graduation, I will be pursuing a Master's degree in Psychology at the University of Dayton. I have received a fully-funded Graduate Assistantship, and I plan to continue researching in the areas of self-enhancement and
motivation. Following my Master's, I plan to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology.

Ohio State Mansfield has offered me the resources necessary to become a novice researcher, and to become well-prepared for Graduate level study. With the incredible aid of Scholarships and Research Grants, I have been able to work on multiple projects and to establish a very strong Curriculum Vitae. Ohio State Mansfield is simply incredible.

Kaylor Montgomery

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Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World (1666), Early Modern Feminism, and Female Friendships
Third Place - English

Senior, English major
Jeromesville, Ohio

My project focuses on the work of Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World. The work is a utopian fiction published in 1666, and follows a Lady who finds her way to a new world. In The Blazing World, she is made Empress and eventually develops a friendship with Duchess. These women have a My project focuses on how Cavendish is openly defying the male voices of her time by studying her break from utopian tropes of the period, by comparing her work to conduct books, and by looking specifically into the printing industry of that time. I argue that Cavendish steps away from societal norms to present the idea that women, while they had to work around the societal norms to find power, did in fact have power in the time period, and that she believed they deserved more.

The idea to focus on Margaret Cavendish occurred to me during one of Professor Kolkovich's courses focused on female writers of the early modern period. I spent the summer reading other works by Cavendish and found myself drawn to The Blazing World. I've been officially working on the project for two semesters, and I will be defending my thesis in the middle of April.

I gained huge insight, not only about Cavendish, but also the hard work that goes into a thesis. While it was her time period I was interested in, I also learned a great deal about the Reformation itself. Cavendish had a big role in the English Civil War, so to see how her ideas about government played into her works fascinated me. Moreover, this was a project that I chose to do; because of that, I worked to find resources and to continue to keep myself motivated throughout the project. I am looking at graduate school. I applied to a master's program, and I'm hoping to focus my studies on the early modern period, particularly women writers and gender studies.

Ohio State Mansfield played a huge role in my experience. Ohio State itself has great resources that helped with the project, but the Mansfield campus itself truly helped me because it is a smaller campus. The smaller campus enabled me to really find a voice within the classroom, particularly in Professor Kolkovich's classrooms. That made this entire experience go more smoothly because of the rapport we had had before this research began.

Nicholas Deems

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The dark triad and mate poaching
Third Place - Psychology

Psychology and Neuroscience majors, Professional Writing minor
Galion, Ohio

My project was assessing dark personality traits (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) in relation to infidelity. This research was an extension of a previous project that involved investigating narcissism in relation to infidelity. I have been working on the project with my advisor, Dr. Amy Brunell, for three semesters.

In the future, I plan to continue my education in Columbus, finishing both of my degrees and heading to graduate school. Currently, I am interested in neurological disease pathology.

I sincerely believe that none of what I have accomplished would have been possible without my experience at Ohio State Mansfield. I owe my passion for learning to all of the faculty members who have molded me along my quest for knowledge: I am forever indebted.

Ali Polles

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Do Men and Women Support Feminism?: A Bogus Pipeline Investigation

Junior, Psychology major
Bellville, Ohio

My study looks at how the bogus pipeline causes participants to answer differently on their feminist views. I work with Gabrielle Baker. We were interested in seeing how people act and respond when put in certain situations where they are asked controversial questions. We have been working on this for a year.

I've learned many things being involved in research. It's fun and interesting to help on different projects and to see actual findings come from all of our work together. When I graduate, I plan to continue go on to a master's program, most likely something with forensic psychology.

Ohio State Mansfield has made resources very easy to access. I feel as though I got to work more one on one with professors and learned more because of it.

Ally Thomas

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Thin Slice Perceptions of Religious Affiliation

Senior, Psychology major
Cleveland, Ohio

Jen Wicker, Mark Matthews, and I came up with the idea of looking at people's thin slice perceptions of religious affiliations for a class project. We wanted to see if people could accurately judge another person's religious affiliation
from a quick look at one picture. We looked at whether people can accurately pick out whether a person is Agnostic, Atheist, or Christian, which they were able to do above chance levels. We started working on the as a class project under Dr. Phil Mazzocco.

This is the first thin slice perception research in religious affiliation as far as we know so what we are creating is brand new knowledge. Jen and I are continuing to work on expanding this research project in new areas, such as
looking at what cues people are using to pick out another person's religious affiliation.

Next, I’m planning to work at the Cleveland Clinic in their research center while getting my Master's at Cleveland State University in Clinical Psychology.

At Ohio State Mansfield I have been able to work more closely with professors; I can bring my idea to them and talk about what implications the study may have and also learn one on one on how to conduct a research study properly. Jen and I have really benefited with being able to continue our research under Dr. Mazzoccco, who has taught us a lot, like how to get IRB approval for our study and how to use online websites to upload our research for people to take.

Gabrielle Baker

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Narcissism and Frequency of Sexual Cognitions: A Bogus Pipeline Investigation

Junior, Psychology major

Mansfield, Ohio

My project involves studying the relationship between narcissism, the frequency of sexual thoughts, and reporting biases. I developed this study alongside my partner, Ali Polles, based on a study that Dr. Terri Fisher and Dr. Amy Brunell ran using a bogus pipeline paradigm. This methodology leads participants to believe that they are being hooked up to a lie detector and is particularly useful in reducing socially desirable responding in regards to sensitive topics, such as sex. We have been working on this project over the past academic year.

My experience in research has allowed me to better understand the research process, insight that will help me succeed as a graduate student later in my academic career. My eventual goal is to earn my PhD. in clinical psychology, so early research experience will ultimately make me a better researcher in the future.

Being a student at Ohio State Mansfield has been an invaluable experience. I have been presented with some great opportunities that I don’t think I would have been on a larger campus. Specifically, I have been able to collaborate closely with my professors, a group of awesome folks who are invested in my future and who are happy to share their knowledge and foster exciting research.

Jen Wicker

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Can People Detect Narcissism in Others?

Senior, Psychology major
Lexington, Ohio

I started working on the Narcissism coding project last summer. We wanted to see if people could detect narcissism in others. Our research goal was to examine the extent to which raters can accurately detect personality, specifically narcissism, and traits characteristic of narcissistic personalities with no auditory or visual cues. College students were interviewed and asked about their moral reasoning in response to common transgressions (e.g. speeding, cheating on a romantic partner, texting in class). The interviews were transcribed and then read by four research assistants. They were asked to read the interviews and rate narcissism and personality characteristics including entitlement, exploitativeness, empathy, and likeability. They were also asked to rate behaviors related to narcissism including defensiveness and disregard for others. The coded ratings were compared to personality measurement ratings for accuracy.

I have gained hands on experience and knowledge, as well as opportunities that would not have otherwise been available to me through research. I hope to continue to be involved with research in some form throughout my academic and professional career. I will be starting my master's program in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary in the fall. I hope to counsel as well as teach in the university setting when I achieve my final career goals.

Ohio State Mansfield has given me opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. I have had the opportunity to grow as a person, a student, and a friend. I have built relationships and memories with my classmates and professors that will continue on even when spring semester comes to a close. Ohio State Mansfield has fostered opportunities, learning, and memories that I will carry with me a lifetime.