Faculty Research Achievements
Dr. Krista Howard and Dr. Natalie Ceballos - Grant Award - Does Social Media Make Us Sick? A Pilot Study of the Effects of Social Media on Physiological Reactivity and Mental Health
Dr. Krista Howard and Dr. Natalie Ceballos, along with a multidisciplinary team, received a $24,000 MIRG award to investigate how salivary and blood biomarkers assessing stress, inflammation, and immune responses are affected by anxiety-provoking social media posts.
Dr. Yueqin Hu - Publication - A One-Step Method for Modeling Longitudinal Data With Differential Equations
There is a growing interest in applying differential equation models to various behavioral and social science ﬁelds. This study proposed a one-step method to simplify the process of modelling with differential equations and improved the accuracy of the parameter estimation and standard error estimation. This study is published on British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology.
Dr. Amitai Abramovitch - Publication - A computerized neuropsychological investigation of cognitive function in a subclinical obsessive-compulsive sample
Dr. Abramovich and his graduate student Naama Hamo (Rupin Graduate School of Clinical Psychology in Israel) published a study in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry assessing neurocognitive functions in a subclinical OCD sample using a fully computerized comprehensive neuropsychological battery.
Dr. Carmen Westerberg - Publication - Sleep-dependent reductions in reality-monitoring errors arise from more conservative decision criteria
Former MAPR student Chris Hawkins, former Texas State undergraduate Lauren Rendon, and associate professor Carmen Westerberg recently published an article about their research investigating how sleep contributes to reducing false memories in the journal Learning & Memory.
Co-Authors: Christopher A. Hawkins, Lauren Rendon
Dr. Randall Osborne - Named Intercultural Specialist
Dr. Randall E. Osborne was recently named an Intercultural Specialist by the Intercultural Development Research Institute in Milan Italy. The title allows Dr. Osborne to serve as an expert on intercultural issues in both teaching and research activities.
Drs. Randall Osborne, Joe Etherton, and Alessandro De Nadai - Publication - Bayesian analysis of multi-method ego-depletion studies favors the null hypothesis
Department faculty members Drs. Joe Etherton, Randall E. Osborne and Alessandro D. Nadai have an article titled "Bayesian analysis of multi-method ego-depletion studies favors the null hypothesis" coming out in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Social Psychology.
Dr. Carmen Westerberg - Research Enhancement Program Grant
Dr. Westerberg was recently awarded an $8000 grant from the Research Enhancement Program at Texas State University to investigate how sleep enhances analogical problem solving.
Dr. Amitai Abramovitch - Publication: Religion, moral thought–action fusion, and obsessive–compulsive features in Israeli Muslims and Jews
A recent article published in Mental Health, Religion & Culture.
Dr. Shirley Ogletree - Publication: What is Feminism? College Students’ Definitions and Correlates.
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
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
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
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
Quoted in the magazine "The Scientist". Gave expert opinion on research involving transcranial alternating current stimulation (TACS) to improve memory.
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.