This year every research assistant in the Cognitive Lab presented at Meeting of Minds (MoM)! Four presented posters and one gave a talk. They all did a great job!
Brittany Ventline examined the data set we were working on this year to examine whether or not gender differences existed in attention to and use of the embodied and referential meaning of music in a generation task. What she found was partial support for Meyers-Levy and Zhu’s (2010) hypothesis that males attend to embodied meaning whereas females attend to both embodied and referential meaning. In our data set, only males attended to embodied meaning, creating more negatively valences stories after listening to war-themed music that when they wrote the stories before listening to music. Females were much more likely to write stores with war-like themes after listening to war-themed music than when they didn’t listen to music before writing the story.
This was Brittany’s first poster presentation and represents a unique look at our existing data. She had read the Meyers-Levy & Zhu (2010) study and wondered if their hypothesis would still apply to music listened to in the absence of other stimuli such as ads. It did!
Darci Molina and William Fuss examined the data set we were working with this year to determine whether there were gender differences in participants’ tendency to include thematic elements into their stories after listening to thematic music and whether this tendency was affected by the familiarity of the music. They were also interested whether there were gender differences in the tendency to include concepts associated with the specific music used (e.g., “running” and “military” after listening to “Ride of the Valkyries”). They found that males, overall, were much more likely to include war-themed elements in their stories, independent of whether or not they had listened to war-themed music before writing their stories. When listening to unfamiliar war-themed music before writing stories, females were less likely than males to include war-themed elements associated with that music but more likely to include them than if they hadn’t listened to the music before writing the story. However, listening to the war-themed music before writing the story actually decreased males’ tendency to incorporate war-themed elements into their stories. When listening to familiar war-themed music, female were much more likely to include war-themed components into their stories than if they had listened to unfamiliar music. The opposite was true for males.
Not only was this Darci’s first poster presentation, it was her first conference presentation ever! She was thrilled (and surprised at how much work it was)! Billy has made several posters and presented at several conferences and was a big help to Darci as she learned how to organize information in a poster format.
Alex Lekander was using a data set examining the effects of listening to foreign music (Arabia-themed and Chinese-themed) on the creativity of the resultant product. The hypothesis was that listening to foreign themed music prior to engaging in a story writing task would increase the use of themed elements in the story. Because of this, those stories should be more creative than stories that were written before listening to any music. He did not find any effect of listening to music on rater’s ratings of the creativity of the stories or participants’ ratings of their own creativity. However, he did find that participants who listened to foreign music before writing a story rated their stories as more creative than participants who did not listen to music before writing the story.
This was Alex’s first poster presentation.
Jonathan Saulter was presenting his honors thesis research which was conducted in Lisa Welling’s lab. His research examined how competition outcomes affected facial preference in men and women. He had males and females play a video game in which they either won or lost the game. He then examined they preference in feminized or lawful aniseed faces of people of the opposite gender. He found evidence that males preferred feminized female faces more after winning a game than after losing a game. However, he did not find that facial preference differences in women were affected by winning or losing a video game.
Jonathan is a veteran at presenting his research at conferences having presented posters and talks at regional conferences and undergraduate conferences.
They all worked very hard on their projects and did a great job!!!