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Volume 5, Issue 2

The Backward Masking Red Light Effect and Schizotypy: The Influence of Sex

By: Diana C. Hernandez and Andrea Y. Ranieri | Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey S. Bedwell

The Backward Masking Red Light Effect and Schizotypy: The Influence of SexPrevious research has shown a unique effect of red light on visual processing related to both schizophrenia and positive schizotypy. The current study examines whether this effect is influenced by sex in a more broadly-defined schizotypy sample. A location backward masking (BM) task with three color background conditions (red, green, and gray) was administered to 34 undergraduate students (59% female) with a high score on the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ) and 39 students (51% female) with a low score. Read more

"The Guy with the Problem": Reform Narrative in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

By: Faith Dickens | Mentor: Dr. Kevin Yee

By: Faith Dickens | Mentor: Dr. Kevin YeeWhen Disney's film Beauty and the Beast was first released in 1991, it was hailed by critics as a departure from the problematic portrayals of women that had plagued the company's previous efforts at converting fairy tales into animated features. Since then, feminist criticism has provided several different interpretations of the film, some of which seek to assign Beauty and the Beast to a specific literary genre. In looking at Disney's film as a literary text, critics such as June Cummins have argued that it most closely resembles a patriarchal classic romance, while others, such as Susan Swan, view it as a liberating Gothic novel.Read more >

Direct and Indirect Influences of Defendant Mental Illness on Jury Decision Making

By: Marie Sabbagh | Mentor: Dr. Erin Murdoch

By: Marie Sabbagh | Mentor: Dr. Erin MurdochIt is a common misconception that individuals with schizophrenia are significantly more dangerous and violent than individuals free of mental illness. This stigmatization may lead to harsher sentences when people with schizophrenia are involved in criminal activities and sentenced by a jury. This study presented four conditions to which participants were randomly assigned, alone or in a group of three, and were asked to sentence a defendant, either with or without schizophrenia. Read more >