Final Report On My Research

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Everything for my summer research is wrapping up. We just finished the last participants for Dot Probe Familiarity 2, so hopefully we can begin cleaning the data and then data analysis this fall. We also finished cleaning all the data for Dot Probe Familiarity 1 and Prof. Dickter will be running the data analysis as soon as she can. Also I finished helping with their book, all my references and the chapter I was working on are both done. Reflecting back on my goals for the summer I have completed all of the work I had hoped to get do. I was also given an opportunity that many don’t have at my age and I am glad I successfully completed all of my objectives and did some of my best work to show my dedication to research. Overall this summer was a great experience and I encourage everyone to apply for a summer research grant. Hope everyone had an amazing experience like me.!

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Nearing the end!

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Data analysis is going great. Prof D. is teaching me how to clean the data we collected from Dot Probe Familiarity 1. I am becoming very familiar with Qualtrics and SPSS, which will be great for future research endeavors. Also, we are still getting a steady amount of participants for Dot Probe 9 and Dot Probe Familiarity 2. We only need about 10 more participants in DPF2 so hopefully we can begin data analysis on that study soon!  When we finish DPF2 we we start running particpants in DZot Probe Familiarity 3. Also as soon as the Charles Center has money again I will be applying for another award so that we can have more money to pay participants with. All seems to be going smoothly, hope everyone is having a great week.

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Research Makes Progress, And The Chance To Learn Something New

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So far the studies are running great. The flyers were a great idea and have brought a steady stream of participants. Still, gathering 60 participants for three studies with one being exclusive have been really hard. We just got all 60 participants for Dot probe Familiarity 1 and I have begun data analysis. In addition to the studies, I’m also helping Professor Dickter and Professor Kieffaber with their book on how to work EEG software. Specifically I am learning how to operate the EEG software Analyzer; which no one knows how to do in the lab because we use Matlab here at William and Mary. This is helping me learn how to run the software and how to analyze EEG data. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Getting Off The Ground

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Just wanted to blog about the progress were making in the social Cognition Lab. I have been trained by Prof. Dickter and some of the other volunteers that have done the studies before. After a shadowing one of the other research assistants a couple times I have started to run participants on my own.  Initially we were worried about getting enough participants for each of our studies, especially our study that is race specific; but after putting flyers around campus we seem to be getting a steady turn out.  Majority of the participants have been great to work with and generally seem interested in helping out as best they can and the money probably doesn’t hurt either. Along with working in our lab I am also helping out in another lab focusing on political expectancy. I have learned how to use EEG on participants which will be great experience for future research. Hope everyone else’s research is going well!

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The Familiarity Hypothesis

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My name is Scott Brewington and I am honored to receive one of the Cummings Memorial Grants. I am currently finishing my sophomore year at the College!! After all of my exams, I am going to go back home to Newport News, only 25 minutes away, before coming back to Williamsburg to conduct research. I am a Psychology Major with an intended minor in Dance. This will be my first shot at doing research and I hope to make everyone supporting me proud!

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