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Faculty Research Achievements

Dr. Shirley Ogletree - Publication: What is Feminism? College Students’ Definitions and Correlates.

Dr. Ogletree

This article, coauthored by former undergraduates Paulette Diaz and Vincent Padilla, was recently published online in Current Psychology: A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues. We described three studies that assessed how Texas State students define feminism. Students who define feminism based on assumptions of equality and male/female similarity were more likely to identify as feminists and to agree with nontraditional gender roles. Students who believe feminists are "man haters" scored higher in measures of sexism and were more likely to agree with traditional gender roles. Women tended to be more likely to agree with defining feminism from the equality perspective while men were more likely to define feminism from the man-hating perspective. In each of the three studies fewer than 50% of the participants considered themselves feminists.

Dr. Kristen Tooley - Publication: Implicit learning of structure occurs in parallel with lexically-mediated syntactic priming effects in sentence comprehension

Dr. Tooley

This article reports learning effects of complex grammatical structure over five sessions of exposure as well as separate grammatical facilitation effects that emerge when adjacent sentences have the same structure and initial verb. Results from this study (published in the Journal of Memory and Language) indicate that these two effects are caused by separate underlying mechanisms.

Dr. Ty Schepis - Publication: Substance Use in Healthcare Workers: Importance of Stress Perception, Smoking Temptation, Social Support, and Humor

Dr. Schepis

We surveyed 114 healthcare workers at a variety of nationwide healthcare facilities to examine levels of coping with stress through substance use, particularly tobacco use. Higher levels of perceived stress in healthcare workers were linked with greater temptation to smoke, greater coping through substance use and greater coping through humor. It is unclear how coping with humor relates to coping through substance use and temptation to smoke, but it is important to work to reduce stress levels in healthcare workers. Reducing this stress can help reduce substance use in this population.

Dr. Krista Howard and Dr. Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek - Publication: Psychosocial Factors Related to Functional Restoration Treatment Completion and Return-to-Function for Patients With Chronic Disabling Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders

Dr. Howard Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek MAPR students, Ricardo Castaneda and Avia Gray, along with Dr. Howard, Dr. Haskard-Zolnierek, and Clinician Dr. Jordan published this manuscript in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2017.

Dr. Carmen Westerberg - Expert Opinion

Dr. Westerberg

Quoted in the magazine "The Scientist". Gave expert opinion on research involving transcranial alternating current stimulation (TACS) to improve memory.

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Dr. Rebecca Deason - Publication: Response bias and response monitoring: Evidence from healthy older adults and patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease

A recent article published in Brain and Cognition. Read it here.