Recap: Frontiers 2017

Great work to all of the participants in the 20th Annual Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition last weekend!

Frontiers in Undergraduate Research is the annual showcase of undergraduate research at UConn. Undergraduate students from every discipline including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts presented posters about their work. For more information on Frontiers, please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

The following posters were presented by a student majoring in psychological sciences or being advised by a faculty in the psychological sciences department.

8. Influence of the Social Environment on the Behavior of Rat Pairs Exploring a Novel Open Field
Saheeb Ahmed, Physiology and Neurobiology
Logan Horbal, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: Etan Markus, Professor, Psychological Sciences

9. Atypical White Matter Tract Development in the TS2-neo Mouse Model of Timothy Syndrome Mediated Autism Spectrum Disorder
Aiden Ford, Physiology and Neurobiology and Individualized Major: Neurodevelopment and Health
Advisor: R. Holly Fitch, Professor, Psychological Sciences

13. Reframing Music Performance Anxiety as Excitement: Examining Efficacy Using Psychological and Physiological Measures
Stephanie Lin, Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Blair Johnson, Distinguished Professor, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Peter Kaminsky, Professor, Music
Advisor: John Redden, Assistant Professor in Residence, Physiology and Neurobiology

45. The Three Most Attractive Vowels to Infants: How Bilingual Caregivers’ Speech Signal Influences Later Word Production
Noelle Wig, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Psychological Sciences
Allison Tozzi, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Pushpinder Singh, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

46. Interpersonal Functioning and Worry in General Anxiety Disorders and Social Anxiety Disorders
Alexandria Nuccio, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Kimberli Treadwell, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

48. Assessing the Concordance of Parent, Child, and Independent Evaluator Reports of Anxiety Symptoms
Alicia Bachtel, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Golda Ginsburg, Professor, Psychiatry, UConn Health

49F. Investigating the Cross-Modal Dynamics of Music and Emotion in Childhood
Erica Scarpati, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Parker Tichko

49S. Comparing Joint Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children
Erin Micali, Psychological Sciences and Communication
Advisor: Letitia Naigles, Professor, Psychological Sciences

50. Prevalence of Frozen Language Forms in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Daniel Wivell, Cognitive Science
Advisor: Letitia Naigles, Professor, Psychological Sciences

51F. Perceived Discrimination on Muslim Health
Sara Hasan, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Rick Gibbons, Professor, Psychological Sciences

52F. Can Visual Shapes Influence Phoneme Perception?
Jessica Joseph, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Eiling Yee, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Emily Myers, Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

52S. Heritage Signers of Nicaragua: An Ethnographic Analysis
Therese O’Neill, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Advisor: Marie Coppola, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences and Linguistics

54. Mu Rhythm and Social Learning in Infants
Sonia Limaye, Allied Health Sciences
Dilsara Liyanage, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Kimberly Cuevas, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

55. The Association between Community Factors and Exercise Intervention Efficacy for Cancer Survivors
Benjamin White, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Blair Johnson, Distinguished Professor, Psychological Sciences

56. Attitudes Towards Interfaith Relationships, Religiousness, and Stress
Grant Zitomer, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Crystal Park, Professor, Psychological Sciences

61. Evaluation of Parenting Education for High-Risk Fathers: Relationship with a Child’s Mother as an Indicator of Paternal Involvement
Paige Forcier, Human Development and Family Studies and Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Beth Russell, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

141. Effects of Caffeine and Hypothermia on Neuropathology in P6 Rats with Experimentally Induced Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury
Molly Potter, Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychological Sciences
Advisor: R. Holly Fitch, Professor, Psychological Sciences

142. Development of Training Paradigms for Sound Discrimination
Shivali Gupta, Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Heather Read, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

143. Effort-Related Decision Making in COMT Variant Mice: Pharmacological Studies and Genetic Susceptibility to Motivational Dysfunction
Suzanne Cayer, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: John Salamone, Distinguished Professor, Psychological Sciences

144F. Hippocampal Function in Schizotypal Personality Spectrum
Franchesca Kuhney, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Robert Astur, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

144S. The Relationship Between Positive/Negative Parent Perceptions and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Children
Claudia Paszek, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Jeffrey Burke, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

145. Curcumin and Memory
Cayla Mitzkovitz, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Robert Astur, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

146F. Reward Sensitivity Effects on Conditioning
Ambica Mehndiratta, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: Robert Astur, Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences

146S. How Does Interpath Angle Influence Escape Behavior: An Empirical Test with Yellow-Bellied Marmots
Kwasi Wrensford, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Advisor: David Miller, Professor, Psychological Sciences

148. Turning the Brain Off: Inactivation of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Hippocampus in Rats Performing a Sequence Task
John Riley Pflomm, Physiology and Neurobiology
Mahathi Kumar, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: Etan Markus, Professor, Psychological Sciences

149. Observational Learning in Female Rats in T-Shaped Water and Dry Food Mazes
Karen Mathew, Physiology and Neurobiology
Aditi Agrawal, Physiology and Neurobiology
Danni Dong, Psychological Sciences
Nathalia Hernandez, Molecular and Cell Biology
Thomas Pietruszewski, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Etan Markus, Professor, Psychological Sciences

150. The GPS in Your Brain! Recording of Individual Neurons in Rats as They Traverse Familiar and Novel Environments
Nikita Roy, Biological Sciences
David Katz, Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychological Sciences
Miriam Katz, Physiology and Neurobiology
Divya Subramanian, Physiology and Neurobiology
Advisor: Etan Markus, Professor, Psychological Sciences

151. The Gateway to the Brain: Construction of a Microdrive Array to Record Single Unit Brain Activity in Rats
Mahathi Kumar, Physiology and Neurobiology
Megan Pattoli, Pathobiology and Molecular and Cell Biology
Thomas Pietruszewski, Psychological Sciences
Advisor: Etan Markus, Professor, Psychological Sciences