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Rachelle wins Wolfe Award

Rachelle Johnson, UNL undergrad and OWL lab manager, has been selected as UNL psychology’s 2021 recipient of the Wolfe Award. This prestigious award is given to the most outstanding psychology student of each graduating class. Rachelle’s name will be added to a plaque in Burnett Hall of past award recipients. The Harry K. Wolfe Award…

Barriers to Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention: Predicting Bystander Behavior, Attitudes, and Efficacy Across Sex

This study was intended to increase our understanding of how barriers to bystander intervention effects student’s likelihood of intervening to stop sexual assault. It was found that men with more barriers to intervention were less likely to step in a stop the risky situation. Additionally, those with less barriers to intervention were more likely to…

The Social Interaction Model of Objectification: A process model of goal‐based objectifying exchanges between men and women

The sexualization and objectification of women in social exchanges is prevalent in our society, although we currently do not have good ways of studying or measuring this. Filling this need, the Social Interaction Model of Objectification can be used to measure and understand behavior during interactions involving objectification. It does this by evaluating the goals…

“You Can Catch More Flies with Honey than Vinegar”: Objectification Valence Interacts with Women’s Enjoyment of Sexualization to Influence Social Perceptions

The goal of this study was to learn how the amount of sexual objectification experienced and the woman’s feelings about the attention brought to her in these experiences are together related to how the woman views the person objectifying her. In this study, women were asked to report times when they experienced objectification from others…

Perceived Humanization by Intimate Partners during Pregnancy Is Associated with fewer Depressive Symptoms, Less Body Dissatisfaction, and Greater Sexual Satisfaction through Reduced Self-Objectification

This study was intended to investigate how, during pregnancy, objectification of one’s self by feeling of objectification by one’s partner related to other factors. People objectify themselves less when they are humanized (as opposed to objectified) by their partner. Those who objectified themselves less had lower depression, more body confidence, and women, specifically, had higher…

Self-fulfilling objectification in relationships: The effects of men’s objectifying expectations on women’s self-objectification during conflict in romantic relationships

How women view themselves and the amount they objectify of themselves, is shaped by how they are objectified by the people in their lives. In the current study, it was found that men who focused on the appearance of their partner did not report objectifying their partner more than men who focused more on their…

Undergraduate Researcher Spotlight – Trina Uwineza

My name is Trina Uwineza. I am a Senior Psychology major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I enjoy experimental psychological research and began in Dr. Sarah Gervais’ Subtle Prejudice Lab as a volunteer REU Research Assistant working on the NSF-Funded Jurors’ Understanding of Scientific Testimony Project in the Fall 2019 semester. I enjoyed working on…

Undergraduate Researcher Spotlight – Erika Boohar

My name is Erika Boohar and I am currently a senior here at UNL. I have a double major in Psychology and Spanish with minors in Math and Economics. After graduating, I plan to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology researching the interconnections between the familial environment and child maltreatment. During my time at UNL,…

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