Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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Preschoolers’ vocabularies are an important component of their receptive and expressive language skills. This study was designed to catalog preschoolers’ expressive vocabularies to provide an accurate estimate of how many words and which words seven preschoolers knew. In this study a LENA digital recorder was used to record language samples of the children (age range 40 months to 69 months) over 4-6 days. Their language samples were transcribed and individual root words were extracted. The children spoke an average of 1,698 unique words (range 1,522 – 1,957 words). There were 539 words produced by all of the children in the ...

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Stanovich, Laura Ashlee, Gray, Shelley, Restrepo, M. Adelaida, et al.
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2015-12

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact that media messages has on adolescents and the development of their sexual activity and body image. Specifically the question of how the hypersexualized and stereotypical portrayals of men and women in the media impact the adolescents that consume them. The proposed study will analyze how media consumption impacts male adolescents growing up in a single mother household. The methods used in this study are ethnographic research, interviews, and self-report surveys.

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Bowien, Katherine Elisabeth, Watson, Carrie, Seeley, Bridget, et al.
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2015-12

Equal access to community facilities and resources is vital to the educational development of children. Yet, many times community programs and activities are not appropriately adapted for children with disabilities. This thesis project explored how public library spaces and programs can be adapted to become more accessible for children with special needs. Forty-one library youth staff members were surveyed to understand their training needs and inform the development of a professional workshop. In partnership, Arizona State University and Scottsdale Public Library System created a professional development training to educate library youth staff on cultural responsivity. One component of the training, ...

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Fessenden, Wyatt J., Taylor, Michelle, Gaias, Larissa, et al.
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2016-12

This research examined the influence that Christian and Hindu religious beliefs have on environmentalism; specifically, whether beliefs that one would return to this earth after death (i.e., a belief in reincarnation) and how the world might end may explain more positive attitudes toward the environment. Participants were 533 self-identified Christians and Hindus in the United States and India who completed an online survey assessing religiosity, positive attitudes towards environmentalism, afterlife beliefs, and eschatological beliefs. Christians showed significantly lower ratings of environmentalism compared with Hindus. There were also significant negative differences found based on beliefs about heaven, eschatology beliefs, and increased ...

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Parde, Madeline Morgan, Cohen, Adam, Glenberg, Arthur, et al.
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2016-12

The fight for equal transgender rights is gaining traction in the public eye, but still has a lot of progress to make in the social and legal spheres. Since public opinion is critical in any civil rights movement, this study attempts to identify the most effective methods to elicit public reactions in support of transgender rights. Topic analysis through Latent Dirichlet Allocation is performed on Twitter data, along with polarity sentiment analysis, to track the subjects which gain the most effective reactions over time. Graphing techniques are used in an attempt to visually display the trends in topics. The topic ...

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Wilmot, Christina Dory, Liu, Huan, Bellis, Camellia, et al.
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2016-12

In a cross memoir and essay format, I examine what connection barriers veterans face when communicating with civilians. I interviewed veterans after adapting an interview schedule and model release form. Additionally, I researched creative nonfiction, guided autobiography, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I chose to focus mainly on soldiers returning from recent conflicts. Once I collected my interviews, I synthesized the stories I heard with personal memoir. The thesis focuses on three parts: coming home, communication barriers, and connection. Weaving in both my personal reflection and the voices of the soldiers I interviewed, I evaluate possible ways veterans and civilians fail ...

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Fletcher, Jessica Marie, Wells, Cornelia, Deluse, Stephanie, et al.
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2016-05

Psychotic-Like Experiences (PLEs) are prevalent in the general population and may be a marker of risk for psychosis, yet little is known about the everyday functioning of individuals with PLEs. The purpose of this study was to compare everyday functioning of people with and without PLEs. Participants were 108 college students enrolled in an introductory psychology course who were selected for participation in the study because they scored in the top and bottom 10% of a screening test for PLEs. Informants were emailed questionnaires and asked to report on the participants’ functioning in three domains: interpersonal functioning, disorganized behavior, and ...

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Lynch, Emily Nicole, Meier, Madeline, Presson, Clark, et al.
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2016-05

The purpose of this study was to examine swallowing patterns using ultrasound technology subsequent to the implementation of two therapeutic interventions. Baseline swallow patterns were compared to swallows after implementation of therapeutic interventions common in both feeding therapy (FT) and orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT). The interventions consist of stimulation of the tongue by z-vibe and tongue pops. Changes in swallowing patterns are described, and similarities of interventions across the two professions are discussed. Ultrasound research in the realm of swallowing is sparse despite having potential clinical application in both professions. In using ultrasound, this study outlines a protocol for utilization ...

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Mckay, Michelle Diane, Weinhold, Juliet, Scherer, Nancy, et al.
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2016-05

Affluent children have been previously understudied and considerably neglected in developmental research due to the notion that they are “low risk.” There is limited empirical research exploring the effects of parent involvement in affluent youth: specifically, the importance of the adolescent’s perception that their mother/father do not spend as much time with them as they would like. The goals of the study were to explore the role of this dimension of perceived parental involvement in anxious-depressed symptoms, somatic symptoms, rule breaking behaviors and substance use with upper-class suburban youth. The sample was taken from the New England Study of Suburban ...

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Ojeda, Johanna Alyssa Quiambao, Luthar, Suniya, Glenberg, Arthur, et al.
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2016-12

How men and women self-sort by payment scheme may have implications on their prevalence in different industries and positions. In this study, we examined the effect of gender on self-sorting by payment structure (i.e., fee-for-service, capitation, and salary) in a credence goods environment. We found that there was no difference in gender, ability, or confidence in the likelihood of selecting a payment structure. Furthermore, observed behavior within each payment structure did not differ across genders; that is, both males and females experts had a negative impact on their customers under fee-for-service and their positive impact under salary. Within each payment ...

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Agrawal, Anjali, Green, Ellen P., Trastek, Victor, et al.
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2016-12

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.