Phone Usage and the Impact on Social Interactions and Health by Ian Poe

This literature review examines studies that investigated the relationships between the amount of time spent on phones, mental and physical health, and social relationships. I discuss two main ways that smartphones are detrimental to human health: directly, via smartphone addiction and social media use, and indirectly, through deteriorating the quality of one’s social interactions. Smartphone addiction and social media use has been linked to multiple health issues such as depression and anxiety. Smartphone usage... Read More

The Effect of Petting Dogs on Stress Levels by Kyle Crichton, Alicia Lamkin

Students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland were surveyed on stress levels both before and after petting dogs. Of the students entering the dog event area, 111 students elected to participate in the survey: ranging from grades 9th through 12th and ages 14 through 18. Those who wished to participate were handed a copy of the survey with two pages: one titled “Before Petting the Dogs” and the other titled “After Petting... Read More

Employement Situation for People with ASD - A Review of Employment Importance and Barriers by Yishi Hua

For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their living outcomes are closely related to employment status, and yet finding suitable employment can be challenging. This paper aims to provide an overview of the current employment situation for people with ASD (PWASD). The paper begins with an introduction of the prevalence of ASD, the importance of employment, employment trend, and moving on to job choices, the challenges and barriers PWASD face, the cost of employment... Read More

Can Mindful Eating and Training Protect Against Body Self-Objectification and More Generalized Wellness Variables in Adolescent Females by Sofia Di Scipio

Mindfulness can be defined as a state of being attentive and aware of what is happening in the present moment. Mindful eating has been used to treat eating disorders. 174 subjects at an all-girls academy completed mindful eating, objectified body-consciousness, and psychological wellness surveys. BMI was the covariate. The research design for Study I employed multivariate analyses of variance (MANCOVA’s) to compare the three Mindful Eating subscales across the two OBC subscales and an ANOVA... Read More

Protesting in the time of Covid-19 by Claire Sorkin, Jamie Gordon, Riley Sullivan

Photo Credit: JoMatt Mendoza In response to nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, members of the Walt Whitman Journal of Psychology conducted research and interviews with local protest organizers to investigate many of the psychological principles we study in our high school psychology classes to answer the question "Why now?" In light of recent acts of police brutality in the African-American community, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have erupted in places around the... Read More

The Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus and How to Manage by Alicia Lamkin, Becca Marr

The lack of knowledge from researchers, misinformation from the media, and the disruption of daily life has resulted in heightened stress and anxiety levels during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Government officials across the country are taking precautionary steps in attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus: closing schools, movie theaters, bars, gyms, and limiting services provided by restaurants.. Although these measures were taken in the best interest of the general public, hearing... Read More

The Effects of Stress on Memory by Kyle Crichton, Louis Moon

We reviewed experiments and studies available on stress and memory in an attempt to better understand the relationship between the two and how they affect one another. We mainly focused on how stress affects encoding, retrieval, and neurochemistry. We will present empirical findings of what brain parts are most affected by stress and how that affects encoding, retention, and retrieval. We found that stress negatively affects encoding. We also discovered that stress can increase... Read More

An Analytical Study of the Effectiveness of Academic Procrastination Among High School Students by Sidrah Raache

Academic procrastination refers to the tendency to delay tasks related to one’s studies or schoolwork so that it is not fully completed by the due date or have to be rushed to be done (Orpen, 1998). Since these tasks take up time, especially tasks that are continually assessed throughout the school year, students tend to take the route of unduly rushing them or not submitting them in the appropriate time (Cerino, 2005); for this... Read More

The Relationship Between Hunger Levels and Perception as Seen in Interpretations of the Rorschach Test by Gwendolyn Arbetman, Alicia Lamkin, Isabela McDonald

In 1921, Hermann Rorshach created his infamous Inkblot Test for the sole purpose of testing personality types and mental function. Five examples of colored ambiguous images taken from Rorschach’s inkblot test were presented in an optional questionnaire given to students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. 102 students, in grades ninth through twelfth participated in the survey. Initially, it was hypothesized that if the hunger levels of the participants were higher -... Read More