Effects of Autonomy-Relatedness and Stress Response on Adolescent Risk
Behavior (2012 - Present)
Emily Cook, Rhode Island College
Stroud, Brown University
Abstract: Risk behavior including delinquent behavior, and
substance use, is a major health concern and costly to society.
Risk behavior during adolescence places youth at increased risk for
concurrent problems and sets the stage for adverse mental and physical
health outcomes in adulthood (e.g., higher risk of psychological
disorders, mortality, sexually transmitted diseases).
Animal Model of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) (2012 - Present)
Christopher Bloom, Providence College
Nock, Harvard University
Abstract: Self-injury has become a phenomenon of great
interest for many clinicians and researchers. Traditionally, the
field has distinguished between those self-harming behaviors occurring
among individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities (i.e.,
self-injurious behavior; SIB), and those occurring in normative
populations (i.e., non-suicidal self-injury; NSSI).
The Cognitive Representation of Pretense
(2012 - Present)
Jennifer Van Reet, Providence College
Marc Sobel, Brown University
Abstract: Four Experiments are proposed to test theories of how
the human mind represents pretend actions, as well as how these
representations develop from the preschool period to early adulthood.
The goal of this research is the creation of a new, data-driven model of
pretense representation. More
Training Pilot Projects
Assessing Comprehension Across Word Class (2013 - Present)
Beverly Goldfield, Rhode Island College
Abstract: The data which inform theories of language
acquisition are typically measurements of language production, ignoring
comprehension, which is difficult to assess. From an applied
perspective, language comprehension is also an important but problematic
index of developmental status .
The Effects of Afrocentric Features and Crime Stereotypes on Visual
Attention to Faces
(2013 - Present)
Thomas Malloy, Rhode Island College
Abstract: A basic finding in social psychology is that
people make judgments of others based on the degree to which their
physical features deviate from the average presumed features for a
racial or ethnic category. Research shows that both Blacks and
Whites use skin tone and other race-related features (e.g. nose
breadth, lip fullness) as a basis for judgments of a broad array of
characteristics of Blacks.
Computational Analysis and Modeling of Human Eye Movements
(2013 - Present)
Colleen Marlow, Rhode Island College
Abstract: In order to effectively sample an entire visual
scene, the human eye scans an image by making a series of successive
eye movements which can be recorded through eye tracking technology.