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Some Recent Senior Essay Topics

   
       
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Matt Baer

(2009)

Modulation of inhibition and disinhibition of associative memory networks as the basis of creative cognition Tamar Gendler  
       

Lucas Broster

(2009)

Harmonic priming and musical expectancy: The circle of fifths and harmonic function models Ian Quinn  
       

Benjamin Deen

(2009)

Hand motion perception during natural stimulation: A parietal-temporal network analyzed with regression and time frequency decomposition Greg McCarthy  
       

Margarita Gorlin

(2009)

Understanding of basic probability in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta): A perspective on human base rate neglect Laurie Santos  
       

J. Alex Johnson

(2009)

Comparing phototactic cues to word and morpheme boundaries in multiple languages Gaja Jarosz  
       

Amy Jones

(2009)

Difference in analogical domain as an aid to comprehension: A new "Teaching-with-Analogies" model Jeremy Gray  
       

Joel Knopf

(2009)

Teachers can and should violate students' expectations about concepts Jeremy Gray  
       

Sydney Levine

(2009)

An experimental philosophy approach to imaginative resistance Tamar Gendler  
       

David Mackenzie

(2009)

Formal models of iterative pair-wise choices Keith Chen  
       

Jordan Malter

(2009)

Diminish selective exposure to politically polarizing information on the Internet Joe Simmons  
       

Olivia Scheck

(2009)

In defense of emotionalism: Empirical evidence and its philosophical relevance Jonathan Gilmore  
       

Heather Stoller

(2009)

Positive effects of uncertainty: When uncertain incentives increase performance on an anagram task Ravi Dhar  
       

Mai-Anh Vu

(2009)

Aging, the prefrontal cortex and memory encoding: fMRI contributions Marcia Johson  
       

Kara Weisman

(2009)

Memory for specific sensory stimuli: Absolute pitch and the possibility of "absolute hue" David Ross  
       

Nicolas Abreu

(2008)

Perceptual expertise of own-race faces in Korean children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Robert Schultz  
       

Eric Bank

(2008)

Causal attribution and religion: Automatic perception and inference of physical and social causality and agency might predispose us to believe in supernatural agents Marvin Chun  
       

Nicholas Buttrick

(2008)

Directed modulation of Capuchin choice preferences Laurie Santos  
       

Samuel Chua

(2008)

DESIGNINDECISIONS: Evaluating the efficacy of Web design elements as primes for decision-making modes in the context of a hypothetical society paradigm survey John Bargh  
       

Moira Dillon

(2008)

Dynamic design: Cognitive processes in design sketching Julie Dorsey  
       

Brian Edwards

(2008)

The evolution of causal understanding? Causal knowledge affects Rhesus monkeys' (Macaca mulatta) exploratory play Laurie Santos  
       

Daniel Holtmann-Rice

(2008)

The perception of orientation discontinuities in lines and edges: Neurobiology, psychophysics and computation Steve Zucker  
       

Haitham Jendoubi

(2008)

Effects of phase-shifted subdivisions on synchronization with a beat Bruno Repp  
       

Daniel Kato

(2008)

Effects of hyperspecific distractor change on contextual cueing following noise Marvin Chun  
       

Nancy Liang

(2008)

Morpho-syntactic acquisition in adult second language learners: The distance-difficult relation model Maria Pinango  
       

Elizabeth Madva

(2008)

Theory of mind development: Understanding the subjectivity of desires Karen Wynn  
       

Drew Marticorena

(2008)

Monkeys represent others' knowledge but not their beliefs Laurie Santos  
       

Tanya Marton

(2008)

Patterns of disconnectivity in Autism: Challenges in explaining the Autistic phenotype in terms of spatial scale or location of neural processing Ami Klin  
       

Jamie Podell

(2008)

Perception, working memory, and binding in schizophrenia: Evidence for intact binding of poorly processed visual features Cenk Tek  
       

Jordan Schnaps

(2008)

Sentential control: Linguistic theory vs. actual processing Maria Pinango  
       

Jacqueline Thompson

(2008)

Age-of-acquisition effects on lexical-gustatory synesthesia Larry Marks  
       

Trang Thuy Tran

(2008)

How to increase charitable donations: A literature review Joe Simmons  
       

Benjamin Locke Wellborn

(2008)

Gender differences in brain structure assessed by MRI Jeremy Gray  
       

Yael Yungster

(2008)

The subjective experience of time: A literature review and experiment on the effects of time constraints on duration judgments Marvin Chun  
       

Joshua Goodstein

(2007)

Adults' and children's conceptions of fictional worlds: A cognitive theory of truth in fiction Paul Bloom  
       

Melissa Gottron

(2007)

PKC, stress and dendritic spines: A series of pilot studies Amy Arnsten  
       

Lisa Halbsgut

(2007)

Numerical cognition in infancy: Infants' ability to enumerate multiple counts simultaneously Karen Wynn  
       

Shilpa Madhavan

(2007)

Behavioral theory of condom use and applications to HIV prevention: Synthesis of a new model Trace Kershaw  
       

Jason Pare

(2007)

Do Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) take intentional history into account when perceiving and classifying a novel tool? Laurie Santos  
       

Susanna Poppick

(2007)

Experience as understanding: Why finding neural correlates of consciousness may have philosophically productive consequences Marcia Johnson  
       

Elizabeth Rawson

(2007)

The cognitive neuroscience of language: A functional connectivity analysis of the lateral premotor areas in reading Tamar Gendler  
       

Maya Shankar

(2007)

Essentialism in non-human primates: Evidence from Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) Laurie Santos  
       

Liara Silva

(2007)

Essentialism in non-human primates: Evidence from Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella) Laurie Santos  
       

Cristina Vinado

(2007)

Beyond emotional advantage: Detecting emotional faces and the effects of sustained attention Greg McCarthy  
       

Alex White

(2007)

Inattentional blindness, object persistence and foveal inhibition Brian Scholl  
       

Vladimir Barash

(2006)

Collective awareness in a colony of virtual bacteria Willard Miranker  
       

Jennifer Barnes

(2006)

Domain-specific kind representations in the absence of language: Experiments with three lemur species Laurie Santos  
       

Alison Bloom-Feshbach

(2006)

Conceptions of fairness in negotiations: The impact of self-affirmation on ultimatum game decision-making Keith Chen  
       

Timothy Brady

(2006)

Spatial constraints on learning in visual search: Modeling contextual cueing Marvin Chun  
       

Deidre Cerminaro

(2006)

The development of counterfactual thinking in children and implications for causal reasoning Frank Keil  
       

Rachel Denison

(2006)

Mirror image processing in human LOC and PPA: An fMRI study Marvin Chun and Yaoda Xu  
       

Laura Kasparian

(2006)

Autism and the subconscious processing of fear: A grant proposal Steve Anderson  
       

David Leiberman

(2006)

Core social knowledge and the evolution of a domain-specific fairness heurisitic: Evidence from Capuchin monkey preference data Laurie Santos  
       

Shevaun Lewis

(2006)

Semantic processing during sentence comprehension: Control and raising verbs Maria Pinango  
       

Neha Mahajan

(2006)

Lemurs' (Lemur catta) reasoning about the perceptions of others Laurie Santos  
       

Adrienne Ronai

(2006)

Does ketchup smell treble or bass? Does citric acid taste loud or soft? On cross-modal similarity between the sense of hearing and the sense of smell and taste Lawrence Marks  
       

Adena Schachner

(2006)

Neural mechanisms of the human musical capacity: Evidence for domain-specific components Laurie Santos  
       

Adele Sweetnam

(2006)

The effect of alcohol on the temporal allocation of attention Will Corbin and Teresa Treat  
       

Stephanie Teng

(2006)

How framing affects choice Keith Chen  
       

Dane Van Den Akker

(2006)

Arbitration in the brain: General fluid intelligence as a mediator of emotion and cognition in the lateral prefrontal cortex    
       

Justine Aw

(2005)

Representation and enumerative of non-cohesive objects: Experiments with the brown Capuchin monkey Laurie Santos  
       

Jennifer Catena

(2005)

The onset and offset of visual statistical learning Brian Scholl  
       

Colin Dawson

(2005)

Six-month-old infants: Sensitivity to repetition of musical phrases Gerald McRoberts  
       

Jessica Falco

(2005)

Estrogen enhances object memory, but not spatial memory, in female mice by activating the ERK/MAPK signaling cascade Karyn Frick  
       

Alexandria Marino

(2005)

The role of closure in defining the 'objects' of object-based attention Brian Scholl  
       

April Ruiz

(2005)

Brown Capuchins' use of visual cues in an exchange task Laurie Santos  
       

Amit Vora

(2005)

The ultimate crucible: An affective view of altruism Henry Smith