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Sarah Eagan wins the 2020-2021 UNL Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award!

Our own Sarah Eagan has been awarded the Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award for her great work she has done with our undergraduate research assistants. This award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring undergraduate and other graduate students in research and creative activities. This award also comes with the Frank and MarieContinue reading “Sarah Eagan wins the 2020-2021 UNL Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award!”

Sarah Eagan wins Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology

Sarah Eagan, an OWL PhD student, has been selected as one of two graduate students to receive the UNL’s Research Mentorship Award in psychology. Sarah is known as a mentor among those in OWL. She has mentored (both officially and unofficially) numerous students at UNL in research. Sarah’s name will be placed on a plaqueContinue reading “Sarah Eagan wins Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology”

Evan wins Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology

OWL PhD student, Evan McCracken, has been selected to be UNL’s 2021 recipient of the Classroom Instruction Award in Psychology. This award is given to one psychology graduate student who best displays teaching in the classroom. Evan was nominated by two of the department’s faculty for his teaching as a TA in 3 separate undergraduateContinue reading “Evan wins Graduate Student Teaching Award in Psychology”

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 toContinue reading “Barriers to Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention: Predicting Bystander Behavior, Attitudes, and Efficacy Across Sex”

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

Understanding Scientific Evidence in Court: The Moderating Role of Gender Stereotype Threat in Verdict Decisions

With the increase of scientific evidence being used in court cases, it is important that jurors are able to understand that evidence. This also brings up the concern of stereotype threat and how that may impact jurors’ understanding and verdict. Stereotype threat is where, after a person is reminded of a stereotype of a groupContinue reading “Understanding Scientific Evidence in Court: The Moderating Role of Gender Stereotype Threat in Verdict Decisions”

Individual Attitudes and Perceived Efficacy Toward Bystander Intervention Among Childhood Trauma Survivors

Past studies have shown that are many negative effects of child abuse and neglect that last into adulthood (Brietzke et al., 2012; Dube et al., 2003; Sachs-Ericsson, Medley, Kendall-Tackett, & Taylor, 2011). Specifically, women who experienced child sexual abuse tend to view themselves as less capable of success (Diehl & Prout, 2002), and as aContinue reading “Individual Attitudes and Perceived Efficacy Toward Bystander Intervention Among Childhood Trauma Survivors”

An Initial Test of the Cosmetics Dehumanization Hypothesis: Heavy Makeup Diminishes Attributions of Humanness-Related Traits to Women

It is known that sexualization results in the dehumanization of women by effecting how people view them. The present study looked at how makeup influences how people view women, by having participants evaluate women’s faces with and without makeup. In both models and ordinary women, women’s faces with makeup were viewed as less human thanContinue reading “An Initial Test of the Cosmetics Dehumanization Hypothesis: Heavy Makeup Diminishes Attributions of Humanness-Related Traits to Women”

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

Does tipping facilitate sexual objectification? The effect of tips on sexual harassment of bar and restaurant servers

The goal of this study was to investigate have the method of payment of service workers is linked to the sexual harassment they experience. The female bartenders were viewed by male costumers/participants as more sexual and manipulative, and sexual behaviors towards her were seen as unproblematic when she was working for tips than a setContinue reading “Does tipping facilitate sexual objectification? The effect of tips on sexual harassment of bar and restaurant servers”

The Role of Interpersonal Sexual Objectification in Heterosexual Intimate Partner Violence From Perspectives of Perceivers and Targets

The goal of this study was to understand the effect of sexual objectification on intimate partner violence. This study found that, in women, being sexually objectified lead to a mindset of internalized silence, which then lead to higher levels of intimate partner violence. It was also found, in men, that higher sexual objectification of othersContinue reading “The Role of Interpersonal Sexual Objectification in Heterosexual Intimate Partner Violence From Perspectives of Perceivers and Targets”

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

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

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 onContinue reading “Undergraduate Researcher Spotlight – Trina Uwineza”


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