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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Date Range
2000 2018

Across​ ​group​ ​studies,​ ​identifying​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​one​ ​group​ ​over​ ​the​ ​other​ ​is​ ​instrumental​ ​in determining​ ​the​ ​traits​ ​of​ ​an​ ​individual’s​ ​personality.​ ​Furthermore,​ ​when​ ​someone’s​ ​style​ ​of​ ​dress causes​ ​them​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​into​ ​a​ ​group,​ ​their​ ​personality​ ​is​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​dictated​ ​by​ ​what​ ​they​ ​are​ ​wearing and​ ​who​ ​they​ ​are​ ​with.​ ​Attendees​ ​of​ ​comic​ ​conventions​ ​have​ ​been​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​trend​ ​to dress​ ​up​ ​as​ ​their​ ​favorite​ ​characters​ ​from​ ​different​ ​anime,​ ​manga,​ ​television​ ​shows,​ ​books,​ ​video games,​ ​etc.,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​can​ ​meet​ ​like-minded​ ​people​ ​who​ ​share​ ​similar​ ​interests​ ​and​ ​hobbies. When​ ​combining​ ​changes​ ​of​ ​affect,​ ​and​ ​similarities​ ​of​ ...

Contributors
Leshner, Connor, De La Garza, Amira, Mack, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2017-10

Since the emergence of behavioral economics, our understanding of human behavior and decision-making has improved through the widespread use of conducting experiments. In tandem, behavioral and experimental economists seek to merge psychology and emotion into economic thought to better understand the agents that comprise our economic systems. Vernon Smith, a Nobel Prize winning experimental economist, wrote an article on how economic agents in asset market experiments create bubbles (commonly referred to as “booms and busts” or “market crashes”). This study builds on Smith’s work and seeks to better understand how participants behave when given information about the expected outcome of ...

Contributors
Labansat, Derek, Goegan, Brian, Eaton, John
Created Date
2017-11-01

This paper investigates the effect of government subsidies on the performance of new energy companies. An empirical analysis using data from Chinese A-share listed new energy firms and companies of other industries under standard classification of industries by China Securities and Regulatory Commission and a case study of GCL-Poly are combined. The result shows that government subsidies have negative effects on new energy companies' performance and their R&D intensity.

Contributors
Cao, Li

The purpose of this study was to examine whether positive affirmations can lower depressive symptoms amongst male and female Arizona State University (ASU) honors students. Male and female ASU honors students (20-22 years of age; N=40) were recruited from Barrett, the Honors College, through email and online newsletters. Students who had been previously or were at the time diagnosed with clinical depression were not permitted to participate in the study. Only 9 female and 14 males completed the entire study. Participants completed a pre- and post- test that each consisting of reading aloud questions and their answers from the Beck’s ...

Contributors
Chan, Angie, Duran, Jose, Chisum, Jack, et al.

This thesis seeks to evaluate whether the benefits of spinal fusion surgeries are worth their increasing costs. The paper examines the trends that contribute to these surgeries’ increasing prices and then evaluates the customer impact of these surgeries in order to make a conclusion on whether the surgeries are worth it. This paper discusses the main factors that contribute to the increase in prices of these surgeries and these include the aging population, the increase in diabetes rates, and the practice of purchasing physicians owned distributorships (PODs) devices in some hospitals. The paper concluded that there is a definite correlation ...

Contributors
Disengi Nkunzi, Jossel, Allenby, Braden, Bohl, Michael
Created Date
2017-11-20

Exosomes have been known to secrete an increased amount of miRNA and noncoding genes that are abnormally expressed in various cancer subtypes. Thus, they may be an early marker for pediatric cancer types that are more difficult to diagnosis without invasive techniques, and may also help identify progression of the disease. In the project, six types of pediatric cancer cell lines, along with their extracted exosomes, were analyzed and tested for different monoclonal antibodies through western blot analysis. The genes EWS-FLI1 and FGFR4 were also identified in some cancer cell lines through Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction analysis (RT-PCR). The results ...

Contributors
Kaur Bhinder, Harsimran, Lake, Douglas, Azorsa, David
Created Date
2017-11-30

The period of time between birth and 24 months of age is a sensitive period for infant growth, and adequate nutrition is vitally important. In this study, 150 Mexican-American mother-and-child pairs (N = 300) were periodically surveyed over the course of 36 months for demographics, financial status, and feeding practices to understand the feeding methods of Mexican-American families and any relations they may have to the weight and growth of developing infants. Results found that formula feeding had higher rates of usage and duration than breastfeeding, while solid foods were largely introduced at the recommended ages. At one year of ...

Contributors
Corsi, Marisa Kalani Nicole, Reifsnider, Elizabeth, Thatcher, Craig, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

Social media is shaping a new generation of hikers and adventurers, as more and more millennials are finding themselves out on the trails. Are they doing it all for the 'gram? Are they seeking adventure? Or is it a combination of the two? "Social Parks" follows three millennials through national parks like Zion, The Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain in search of an answer.

Contributors
Cutlip, Joshua Dean, Craft, John, Emmert, Charles, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

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.