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  • Concealed Information and its Effect on Heart Rate, Respiration Rate, and Electrodermal Activity 

    Babcock, Marcus; Kuehl, Lindsay; Patton, Nathan; Preston, Ashley (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    Testing the efficacy of polygraphs can be especially difficult because it is hard to make someone lie in the same way one would during a criminal polygraph. We designed a simplified way of creating guilt and detecting ...
  • The Effects of a Brief Meditative Breathing Session on Recovery from Moderate Aerobic Exercise 

    Emery, Anna; Lucas, Tosha; Miller, Adam; Reeves, Isaiah; Ward, Amanda (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    Meditative practices have been shown to have many beneficial effects such as performance boosts, relaxation, and reductions in anxiety. Studies among athletes have shown a correlation between enhanced physical ability and ...
  • Feed-forward response of three physiological factors in men and women due to a startle stimulus 

    Benidt, Derek; Glisch, Jeff; Hoffman, Amanda; Lee, Gloria; Rushing, Beth (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    A feed-forward response is an unconscious anticipatory response that humans have in preparation to respond to a stimulus before it actually occurs. A fear-inducing stimulus may induce an anticipatory physiological feed-forward ...
  • The Physiological Relationship of Sleep Duration with Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Reaction Time 

    Angles, Justin; Kenarsary, Aria; Paddock, Samantha; Schuck, Zoey; Sonnentag, Kaitlyn (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    This experiment examined the relationship between sleep duration and systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial blood pressure, heart rate, and reaction time. We hypothesized that students who averaged ...
  • Political Affiliation as a Predictor of Physiological Response to Political Statements 

    Kelly, Jordan; Manhani, Bhupinder; Nelson, Kelsey; Poepping, Jacob; Price, Demitri (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    The purpose of this study is to measure the physiological response when presented with aversive statements compared to agreeable statements while using politics as a vehicle. Using anonymous students from the Spring 2016 ...
  • The Effects of Acute Aerobic Activity at Rating Five and Seven of Perceived Exertion on the Performance of a Word-Recollection, Short-Term Memory Task 

    Kwok, Susanna S.; O’Brien, Amber M.; Vannarath, Milada K.; Basinski, Brandon R.; Vang, Koua M. (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2016)
    Aerobic exercise has many benefits in improving human health. By increasing oxygenated blood flow and glutamate release into the brain, aerobic exercise has been related to improved long-term memory. Additionally, aerobic ...
  • Effectiveness of Stress Balls in Reducing the Physiological Symptoms of Stress 

    Alvarez, Joel; Day, Dani; Gardner, Alyssa; Saeed, Imaan; Schwebach, Courtney; Valk, Ryan (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    The purpose of our study was to determine the effectiveness of stress balls in reducing the physiological symptoms of stress. We measured changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and skin conductance and compared the differences ...
  • The Effects of Moderate Aerobic Activity on Short-Term and Long-Term Memory 

    Brooks, Hannah; Landry, Kaitlyn; Malas, Kareem; Rihal, Naveen; Umhoefer, Heidi (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    Physical stress induced by moderate aerobic exercise leads to the release of hormones that increase blood flow and nutrient availability to the brain. Research has shown that these changes could be beneficial for long-term ...
  • The Effect of Induced Stress on Fine Motor Accuracy 

    Diny, Michael D.; Kainz, Dani L.; Greenhalgh, Nikki P.; Klemp, Abby S. (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    The stress response is a cascade of physiological changes resulting from activation of the sympathetic nervous system that occurs when one is subjected to a threatening situation. The physiological changes brought about ...
  • No Difference Between Taking a Five Minute General Knowledge Test Online Versus On Paper in Regards to Effects On Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Beta Brain Wave Frequency 

    Dabringer, Joseph; Jasper, Kaitlin; Kelleher, Erin; McDonald, Beth; Scott, Christopher (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    The purpose of this study was to investigate the physiological differences expressed by college students taking a test on paper versus taking a test online. Physiological responses to testing were measured by taking the ...
  • Test Scores on Timed Exams Decline Over Time Without a Significant Increase in Physiological Stress 

    Bunyi, Joan; Heal, Carolyn; Nadendla, Sunita; Sherman, Dawn; Dan Tran, Thuy; Varsos, Jacob (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    In today’s world, there is a lot of pressure to perform well on exams. Schools and workplaces rely on tests to evaluate individuals. While these institutions intend to test for cognitive function, there are a number of ...
  • Differences Between Non-Parental Male and Female Responses to Infant Crying 

    Anderson-Carter, India; Beroza, Alenna; Crain, Alex; Gubernick, Carly; Ranum, Elly; Vitek, Ross (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference between how non-parental males and females between the ages of 20 and 24 respond physiologically to an audio recording of a crying infant. Based on previous ...
  • The Effect of Distractors on Physiological Stress During a Test 

    Cannon, Emma; Dalton, Christina; Greenberg, Patrick; Jones, Alexis; Kohler, Sedate; Truehl, Dan (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    College exams are undoubtedly stressful, but when external distractions are present most students would say that it is even harder to concentrate. Distractions could lead to a physiological stress response and potentially ...
  • Effects of Audiovisual Stimulation on Working Memory Recall 

    Batinich, Nick; Gagne, Rachel; Kitzke, Taylor; Morgan, Zoe; Peters, Emma; Rabska, Matthew (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    High levels of stress have been shown to negatively impact working memory recall. For many students these levels produced by academic demands could actually hurt test performance (Kuhlmann et al., 2005). To decrease test ...
  • The effect of white noise on psychological stress while performing cognitive tasks and its correlation to performance 

    Fox, Dan; Karic, Berina; Ash, Alex; Dietz, Jason; Swiggum, Amanda (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    It is common for young adults to resort to illicit means, such as using non-prescription stimulants, to improve their performance in school. Our study investigated the effects that white noise masked over ambient noise ...
  • The Effect of Aromatherapy on Reduction of Physical Stress 

    Finedore, Mary; Hanson, Connor; McGee, Anna; Peterson, Carl; Petschen, Jennifer; White, Rebecca (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    Past research has shown that lavender is effective in reducing both physical and mental indicators of emotional stress but its effect on physical stress has yet to be determined. Physical and mental stress share many of ...
  • The Effects of Genre of Music on Physiological Stress Response After Moderate Exercise 

    Fossum, Kari; Rowley, Paul; Schultz, Alyssa; Wiedmeyer, Brandi (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    The advent of portable music devices and growing popularity of musicguided exercise classes have ushered in an era in which music and exercise increasingly intersect. Previous research suggest that music can produce positive, ...
  • Analysis of autonomic response to stressful and calming visual and auditory stimuli 

    Bodette, Haley; Clark, Mariah; Koya, Ajay; Lara Santiago, Ana G.; Leda, Rebecca; Wise, Brett (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    Stress is a recognizable physical sensation that results from a stimulus associated with anxiety or fear in which the body has regulatory mechanisms for control in order to alter the stimulation of sympathetic innervation ...
  • Physical and Mental Activity and Their Effects on Short Term Recall and Task Anxiety 

    Caniza, Rachell; Raj, Rebecca; Scallon, Tim; Sikka, Priyanka; Zwaga, Deejay (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    Stress and anxiety impact long term and short term recall, as people who experienced stress showed a decreased performance on word recall task in past studies. Mindful meditation is associated with reduced stress and an ...
  • The Effect of Darkness on Visual Reaction Time and its Physiological Basis 

    Schell, Trevor; Farber, Nicole; Kathrens-Gallardo, Anastasia; Volk, Michael; Little, Haley (Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS), 2015)
    Car accidents are a leading cause of death that primarily occur at night. There are many characteristics of night time driving that have been proposed to explain this phenomenon. Our group set out to determine if reaction ...

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