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Psychology Students Present Summer Research

The Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program has been an institution at Rollins College since 2000, and funds collaborative research for students and faculty throughout the college. This year, 18 projects involving 22 students were funded on topics ranging as widely as an analysis of the political structures of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the potential for sustainable developement to the development of improved land mine detection hardware to the evaluation of software for control of robots as a computer science instructional tool. Two Psychology students, Bailey MacLeod and Danielle Martin were funded this summer working with Dr. Richard and Dr. St. John. Bailey's research examined how parents and children viewed differently the consequences of early childhood trauma. Danielle's research concerned the role of processing within taste buds in the perception of saltiness. Both students (along with the other recipients of summer scholarships) presented their work earlier this month at a poster session as part of the Parents' Weekend festivities. If you are interested in the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship program, get in touch with a Psychology faculty member soon. Applications are competitive and are reviewed in the Spring semester.
Wrong Way, Write Way
by Dr. St. John
In: Writing and Presentation Tips
Rollins Alumna Publishes Award-Winning Research
Rollins alumna Jessica Ray ('05) conducted an honors thesis developing and evaluating the use of the Train-To-Code system for shaping behavioral observational skills. That research was awarded the 2006 Castellan Student Paper Award at the Society for Computers in Psychology meeting. Jessica is currently a PhD student at the University of Central Florida in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors program. During her graduate student career, she has continued to collaborate with Dr. Roger Ray. Their work recently culminated in a paper in the journal Behavior Research Methods. Jessica is currently active in the UCF Student Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, serving as the group's Vice President.
Pre-registration Begins October 27
Pre-registration for the Winter Intercession and the Spring 2009 term opens on October 27. Pre-register October 27 - October 31. Advising week will be November 3 - November 7. The Psychology Department is offering two Intercession courses:
   • PSY 205A - The Mind In The Machine
      M-F, 1-5 pm - Dr. Harris
   • PSY 205B - This Is Your Brain On Music
      M-F, 1-5 pm - Dr. St. John
In the Spring, several topics courses are available including Drugs & Addictions, Hanging Loose, Tests & Measurements, The Mind-Body Problem, IO Psychology, The Psychology of Religion, and Psychopathology. The 400-level courses available are Behavior Analysis & Autism, Clinical Psychology I, and Advanced Developmental with Lab.
Suicide Prevention Walk: Take Part!
Vicki Long, Administrative Assistant in the Rollins Psychology Department, was this yearís recipient of the Thaddeus Seymour Award for Community Engagement for her efforts in the prevention of suicide. In honor of the memory, passion, and commitment to her father, who committed suicide in 2004, she started the Out of the Darkness Walk in Baldwin Park. For this yearís walk, Vicki recruited and organized hundreds of members in the Central Florida community and helped raise $42,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Due to the success of the Out of Darkness Walk, Vicki was able to start the Central Florida Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention which includes six counties, and she will also serve as a Board Member for the organization. You can get involved with this great cause. This year's 5K walk will be Saturday, February 14, 2008 at 9am (sign-in at 8am). The Rollins Psychology team is already getting organized! Check out The Out Of Darkness website and the information page on the Rollins PSY for Vicki team, where you can register to walk or to donate.
Becoming a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst
Did you know that you could become a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst after completing your bachelorís degree? The field of clinical behavior analysis has an international certification program that functions much like a licensing program. College graduates who are interested in becoming Board Certified and working in the field can qualify by taking the required courses and working the required number of hours in the field under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Clinical Behavior Analysis has had a significant impact on field of autism becoming the number one treatment modality for autistic children. Unfortunately, the past twenty years have seen a nearly tenfold increase in the diagnosis of autism, and qualified behavior analysts are in high demand. If you are interested in knowing more about Clinical Behavior Analysis and becoming board certified after graduation, visit the Behavior Analysis Certification Board website. You can also stop by and talk to Dr. Ruiz ( about the certification program, and look for announcements on her Bulletin Board in the Johnson Center.
Sigmund On The Wall
You can't walk into the Johnson Center lobby without getting that unsettling feeling that somebody's watching you. Phobia? Evdience of some hidden psychological issues? Maybe. But probably it's just a natural reaction to the eerily realistic portrait of Sigmund Freud that has graced the lobby for 6 years. His eyes almost seem to follow you... it's no wonder he was able to extract such personal details from his clients in Austria. The portrait was a gift of Kelly Johnson ('02), a Psychology major who had a passion for art. Dr. Houston was Kelly's academic advisor, and he initially suggested she paint something for the lounge. She chose to paint Freud as part of a senior art project and presented it to the department just after graduation. Dr. Houston recalls that Kelly had taken very few painting classes, and so was pleasantly surprised when she bequeathed such a realistic portrait. Dr. Houston recalls that there were two Kelly Johnsons graduating in Psychology that year, one an athlete (cross-country) and one an artist - and both good students. The artist did research on aggressive driving with Dr. Houston and presented her work at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting.
Teachers Pet: Vicki Long & Sunshine

Shrink Rap: Please introduce your pet.

Vicki Long: Sunshine is a ... is a one and half year old some carrin terrier/othermix.

SR: Do you think that your pet reflects your personality?

VL: Definetely!! I am an ANIMAL person. My favorite is dogs. I grew up with them in my crib. Sunshine is petite, I am kinda, sorta petite... She loves the sun (thus her name), I love the sun. She likes to cuddle, I like to cuddle. She is just too precious. You can not just walk by her without picking her up and loving her.

SR: Has your pet taught you anything about psychology?

VL: Of Course - if you are cute and lovable, you can get anything you want. I do not have kids, so Sunshine is my little baby and you know what babies do to you... giggety, giggety, talk in that little biddie voice, etc.

Shrink Rap is an email publication of the Rollins College Department of Psychology. This issue can also be found online. The newsletter is sent monthly during the academic year to Psychology majors and minors in A&S and Holt, students in A&S psychology classes, psychology faculty and staff, and friends of the department.
Synesthesia is a condition in which people have unusual sensory experiences. The most common form is grapheme -> color synesthesia, in which a person sees particular colors associated with particular letters and numbers even when they are printed in black and white. A more exotic form is music -> color synesthesia, in which a person sees colors associated with certain pitches or instruments. Duke Ellington felt that his synesthesia enhanced his music. Estimates of synesthesia range from 1 in 2000 people to as high as 1 in 23.
Dr. David Richard took part in the 1995 Pacific Yacht Cup Race in which he and teammates sailed the Pacific from San Francisco to Kaneohe, Hawaii in 16 days. No, his team did not win - but they did survive!
•10/27 - 31 Pre-registration
•10/31 Boo!
•11/3 - 11/7 Advising
•11/26 - 11/30 Thanksgiving recess