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Theses by graduates of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Psychology programs at the University of Alberta Augustana campus.
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  1. The Effect of Anxiety on Trust Judgements [Download]

    Title: The Effect of Anxiety on Trust Judgements
    Creator: Rook, Kachuri L.
    Description: Every day, our lives are filled with a variety of different trust judgements. When it comes to a relationship’s outcome, trust plays a key part in predicting whether or not it will last. If a relationship has trust, there is a good chance of it working out. One of the ways that people decide whether to trust someone or not, is how we “feel” during the moment of judgement. Our emotions during this time can play a key role in our decision to trust. In our study, participants in introductory psychology classes were asked to complete two tasks involving a series of questionnaires. For this study, we looked at how anxiety, attachment styles, and trust judgements are related. We also tested the affect-as-information model to see whether attribution of a particular emotion can influence perceived trustworthiness. Our results showed a marginally significant impact of mood and attribution on an individual’s trust judgements. Additionally, we found that attachment style did not significantly influence the trust judgements of individuals. The results and implications of this study, as well as directions for future research are discussed further throughout the paper.
    Subjects: anxiety, trust, judgement, attachment, mood, attribution, psychology
    Date Created: 2016/04/30
  2. The Experiences of Rural Volunteer Firefighters: a Mixed-Methods Approach. [Download]

    Title: The Experiences of Rural Volunteer Firefighters: a Mixed-Methods Approach.
    Creator: Jones, Samantha K.
    Description: Previous studies have examined the motivations, characteristics, and health outcomes of volunteer and paid firefighters. No research to date, however, has examined these psychological outcomes and their implications for role perception in firefighters who work in rural Canadian settings. The present study analyzed the experiences of volunteer firefighters in rural jurisdictions to understand their motivations, experiences of the role, and the well-being outcomes of the participants. A mixed-methods approach was employed, utilizing phenomenological analysis of interview transcripts as well as a Volunteer Firefighter Job Design Scale (VFJDS) to assess the reports of volunteers in rural stations in Alberta. The VFJDS highlighted a diversity of volunteer activities that extended beyond fire related incidents and reflected their rural environment. Review of the transcripts revealed five themes that defined the experiences of the participants: community support, camaraderie, personal factors, humanizing the hero image, role clarity, and community support. These findings have implications for the strategies of recruitment officers and trauma service providers.
    Subjects: psychology, volunteer, firefighter, mixed-methods, rural, model of volunteer firefighting, role clarity, camaraderie, ideal vs. actual
    Date Created: 2016/07/20
  3. Let me show you what I know: Image, word and gesture in two-year-old children [Download]

    Title: Let me show you what I know: Image, word and gesture in two-year-old children
    Creator: Brown, Sarah L.
    Description: The iconic gesture used by two-year-old children is indicative of their knowledge and communicative abilities about objects and events. In this study, this knowledge was tested by studying the gesture produced by children with multiple language exposure and children with exposure to only one language, with the hypothesis that there would be a difference between the two groups. The Picture Naming Game (PiNG task) was used to elicit verbal responses as well as spontaneous iconic gesture from two-year-old children. There were no significant differences between the two groups of children; however, children used gesture to communicate information about how an object is to be used or how an event takes place, rather than simpler size/shape information. These results suggest that children are capable of creating complex and holistic communicative events.
    Subjects: child bilingual, gesture, language exposure, communication, representational strategy, psychology, children
    Date Created: 2015/04/21