My name is Amy Wilson. I currently hold junior standing at Southern Oregon University and am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The study of chemical processes that influence behavior and physical well-being is an enticing subject that I am eagerly anticipating to learn more about. I am fascinated by the human body and the uniqueness of the brain; how it functions, and how differences in the brain attribute to differences in the personalities and strengths of individuals.
It is my hope to enter into a doctoral program where I can continue my education, expand my knowledge on disorders in brain functioning, and gain research experience in investigating neural mechanisms underlying learning processes, investigating neurotransmitters and receptor sites, and using technology such as fMRI, MRI, EEG, etc. All of these goals combined will aid in my preparation to assist individuals with cognitive or physical dysfunctions: ranging from, but not limited to, physical injury to chemical imbalances.
In the upcoming academic year I will be conducting research with Daniel DeNeui, Ph.D., Department Chair of Psychology. These research studies relate to cognitive load influences test-performance. More specifically, how modern technology distractions, such as cell phones, impair working memory and the ability to encode information into long-term memory in classroom settings. I will also engage in research with Mark Krause, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology. This research focuses on the underlying cognitive mechanisms in relation to paranormal beliefs. We will be investigating if hemispheric lateralization of the brain can be an indicator for the degree to which an individual is "paranormal friendly."
Aside from scientific research, I actively participate as: a volunteer for the Ashland Community Hospital, an Officer of the Biology Club, a member of the Psychology Club, a member of Psi-Chi, and as a member of Delta Alpha Phi.
A direct outcome of my involvement in extra-curricular activities and academic endeavors at Southern Oregon University is the increase of commitment and dedication to pursuing my education. I am optimistic about what the future holds, and excited for the day I can take the knowledge I gained from higher education and apply it to assist in changing lives.
Mentor: Dr. Mark Krause, Associate Professor of Psychology
SOU McNair Scholars Journal Fall 2012 – Vol. 9
2012 McNair Scholar Symposium
Slide Presentation: Hemispheric Lateralization in Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Paranormal Belief