Several Hope College students will be receiving national or regional awards for excellence in research from Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology. Xander Krieg will receive a national Undergraduate Research Award for his project “Attachment and Hikikomori: a Psychosocial Developmental Model.” The recognition will be presented by Psi Chi during the national convention of the American Psychological Association in August 2012. Krieg is dual-majoring in Japanese studies and psychology and minoring in sociology. He collected data for the research while spending his fall 2010 semester studying in Tokyo, comparing a clinical sample of hikikomori with a contrast group of undergraduate students. He conducted his research with Dr. Jane Dickie, professor of psychology.
The Midwestern chapter of Psi Chi will present research awards to several Hope students at the Midwestern Psychological Association meetings in Chicago this May. Ariana Cappuccitti, Rachel Cho, Allyson Dreger and Heather Stiff are being honored for their research project “Physiological and Psychological Anxiety Levels in Dancers during Performance Compared to Rehearsal,” a dance study involving three departments (biology, dance and psychology) that considered how dancers’ anxiety levels differed between rehearsal and performance settings, as well as before and after performances.
Elizabeth Fast is also being honored for her project “Lexical Class and Explicitness as Modulators of the Neural Mechanisms of Metaphor Comprehension” which she completed with the assistance of two other psychology majors, Ashley Drew and Audrey Weil. Fast is a psychology major and neuroscience minor. She conducted her research with Dr. Gwenda Schmidt, assistant professor of psychology, whose research emphases include semantic processing, neural correlates of language processing, the role of the right hemisphere in language processing, figurative language processing, and language and figurative language deficits in autism.
Since 2000, four Hope students have received national research awards from Psi Chi and a total of 19 Hope research teams have received the regional recognition.