University Of Pittsburgh Psychology Research Papers



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Department of Psychology Spring Colloquium Series

2017-2018 Colloquium Series – Spring 2018  see full list

April 6 – Melissa Ferguson, Ph.D.

Title: “Can we change our implicit mind?  New social-cognitive evidence for when and how we can undo our implicit first impressions”

Professor of Psychology, Chair, Department of Psychology, Cornell University


April 13 – Susan Levine, Ph.D. (Sponsored by the Honor’s College)

Title: “The role of cognitive and emotional factors in children's early math learning”

Professor in Education and Society, Chair, Department of Psychology

University of Chicago


Psychology Department Research Pool

Writing research papers toward your requirement

Guidelines: Please plan ahead if you anticipate submitting papers--they MUST be turned in by the deadline if you wish to receive a grade for the term. Do not wait until the last minute to submit papers. Failure to plan ahead to add an account to Turnitin or a failure to upload the paper at the last minute due to an error on Turnitin will not change the deadline. It is your responsibility to plan well in advance of the deadline.The deadline is one week before the last day of the class. If you submit a paper after this date, you will receive a G grade (incomplete). The G will be changed to your actual grade when your paper has been reviewed.

If you would prefer to write papers toward your research requirement, follow the guidelines below.

Here is a list of papers that you can review. These papers were chosen because they describe classic studies that made a significant change in the field.

1. Choose an article from the list and read it. You must choose one that relates to the material discussed in your class. All papers are available from the University Library (some are online, others may be available only in hard copy). Some articles have electronic versions linked directly from this page. NOTE: you must read the actual article listed here--not just a summary of it. If you have difficulty locating them, please contact a librarian.

2. Write a paper about the article you read. Be sure that you include eightclearly labeled and numbered sections of the paper (in this order):
     (1) Your full name
     (2) Your instructor's full name
     (3) The semester and year you took/are taking the class
     (4) Summary of article (minimum 200 words)
     (5) Word count for section 4
     (6) Relationship of article to your class NOT to the textbook (minimum 200 words)
     (7) Word count for section 6
     (8) Citation of the article, which may be copied from this website.

Additional requirements:
--You must not use quotes in your paper, which means that you may not take text from other sources and use them without putting them into your own words. IMPORTANT: do not copy definitions from your notes or the textbook because these will come up as copied information. Note that I prefer that things be in your own words than that they be perfectly accurate.
--The paper must be typed and double-spaced.
--Section 4 and section 6 of the paper must each be at least 200 words long.

3. Go to and register for class # 16970862 with password Freud. You must use your Pitt email address to sign up for this account. This will allow the score to be linked to you in Sona.

Turn your paper(s) into turnintin. Use Paper 1 for the first paper and Paper 2 for the second paper, and so on. Do not use revision assignments unless explicitly asked to do so.DO NOT send your paper via email. Note that that turnitin software checks for plagiarism, so be certain that all of the information is written in your own words. If you are not sure what this entails, please see Note that the % overlap with published sources is a good indicator of whether your paper is plagiarized--this should be very low (no higher than about 5%, although any plagiarism is plagiarism, so be sure to also check for sentences that may overlap with other sources and remove it--only the citation should be copied). If it is too high or you have overlap, you may resubmit a revised version. Submit it under the SAME assignment, not a revision assignment. It will replace the previous submission. Note that if the citation appears to be plagiarized, that is not going to count against you.

4. Dr. Halechko will award credit on Sona for all papers submitted by the deadline posted above. Note that there are hundreds of papers submitted every semester, so please be patient in waiting for a score. Because of the volume of papers and other related tasks, the deadlines noted on this page must be strictly observed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Halechko at


List of Papers

Biology and Human Behavior

Bouchard, T., Lykken, D., McGue, M., Segal, N., & Tellegen, A. (1990). Sources of human psychological differences: The Minnesota study of twins reared apart. Science, 250, 223-229.

Perception and Consciousness

Aserinsky, E., & Kleitman, N. (1953). Regularly occurring periods of eye motility and concomitant phenomena during sleep. Science, 118, 273-274.

Dement, W. (1960). The effect of dream deprivation. Science, 131, 1705-1707.

Rosch, E. H. (1973). Natural categories. Cognitive Psychology, 4, 328-350.

Learning and Conditioning

Skinner, B. F. (1948). Superstition in the pigeon. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 38, 168-172.

Intelligence, Cognition, and Memory

Loftus, E. F. (1975). Leading questions and the eyewitness report. Cognitive Psychology, 7, 560-572.

Roediger, H. L., & McDermott, K. B. (2000). Tricks of memory. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9, 123-127.

Rosenthal, P., & Jacobson, L. (1966). Teachers' expectancies: Determinants of pupils' IQ gains. Psychological Reports, 19, 115-118.

Human Development and Sexuality

Langer, E. J., & Rodin, J. (1976). The effects of choice and enhanced personal responsibility for the aged: A field experiment in an institutional setting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 34, 191-198.

Peplau, L. A. (2003). Human sexuality: How do men and women differ? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 37-40.

Emotion and Motivation

Ekman, P., & Friesen, W. V. (1971). Constants across cultures in the face and emotion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 17, 124-129.

Festinger, L., & Carlsmith, J. M. (1959). Cognitive consequences of forced compliance. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 58, 203-210.


Rosenhan, D. L. (1973). On being sane in insane places. Science, 179, 250-258.

Seligman, M. E. P., & Maier, S. F. (1967). Failure to escape traumatic shock. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74, 1-9.


Smith, M. L., & Glass, G. V. (1977). Meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcome studies. American Psychologist, 32, 752-760.

Research Methods

Klahr, D., & Simon, H. A. (2001). What have psychologists (and others) discovered about the process of scientific discovery? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 75-79.

Social Psychology

Darley, J. M., & Latané, B. (1968). Bystander intervention in emergencies: Diffusion of responsibility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 377-383.

Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67, 371-378.

Note: if none of the above papers sound interesting, you may contact Dr. Anna Halechko (subjpool AT pitt DOT edu) to ask if she will consider another paper that you have located.

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