The University of Nevada, Reno Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is federally funded at $231,000.00 annually
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Webster
Research Topic: "Anxiety and the Perception of Facial Expressions"
Abstract: Previous research involving face perception indicates that there are special mechanisms for coding faces in our brain. This research project examined the level of trait anxiety of the participants and their classification of anger and fearful facial expressions. It is predicted that when confronted with an ambiguous face composed of two emotions (angry/happy or fear/happy) the more anxious the participant is, the more that he/she will judge an ambiguous face differently to a low-anxiety participant.
Graduated With Baccalaureate Degree: Spring 2005
Masters or Doctoral Program Update: Graduated with a master's degree in Human Computer Interaction from Indiana University - Purdue in the spring of 2009.