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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Five Filthy Words: Offensive Language and Primetime Television Programming, Britta JoRae McCreary
Department: Communications Media

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A Sociocultural Exploration of English Faculty Perceptions of American Design University in Qatar's Writing Center, Molly P. McHarg
Department: English

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Facilitating Media Literacy Through CNN.com Comments: The Construction of Knowledge via Non-Academic Computer-Mediated Discussion, Jason Thomas Mickel
Department: Communications Media

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Restorative Practices in the Collegiate Student Conduct Process: A Qualitative Analysis of Student Conduct Administrators' Perspectives, Robert L. Mikus
Department: Sociology

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First-Year Composition Teachers' Uses of New Media Technologies in the Composition Class, Lilian W. Mina
Department: English

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The Effects of Narration and Mnemonics Within a Gaming Environment for the Achievement of Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge on Undergraduate Business Students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Rajendra Kumar Murthy
Department: Communications Media

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Exploring Five Korean English Language Teachers' Identities in the Korean Teaching Contexts, Soon Bok Park
Department: English

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A Case Study on the Effects of 4/4 Block Scheduling on Achievement in Mathematics Based on State Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania for High School Students, William Anthony Parks
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Implications of Virtual World Technology for K-12 Students in a Foreign Language Course of Study, David L. Parrott
Department: Communications Media

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A Mixed Methods Study of Cyberbullying: Student, Educator, and Parent/Guardian Perspectives and Implications for Prevention and Intervention, Shannon Phillips-Shyrock
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Investigation of Basic and Borderline Proficient Students' Comprehension Reading Achievement Using the READ 180© Computerized Instructional Program, Deborah L. Piper
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Faculty Perceptions of Selected Strategies Used by Provosts in Planning and Implementing Distance Education Initiatives, David Bruce Porter
Department: Communications Media

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A Comparison of Computer-Based and Multisensory Interventions on At-Risk Students' Reading Performance, Marissa S. Reed
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Placing Percy: Pathologist of Postsouthern Culture, Leigh Ann Rhea
Department: English

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Factors That Influence Cognitive Engagement and Academic Success of Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Millennial Nursing Students, Meigan K. Robb
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Literacy (Re) Constructed: A Critical Analysis of Textbook and Educational Policy Discourse, Jennifer M. Rodden
Department: English

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Comics in the Classroom: A Pedagogical Exploration of College English Teachers Using Graphic Novels, Alex Scott Romagnoli
Department: English

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Movie Genre Effects on Destination Image, Place Familiarity, and Visitation Interest Among Undergraduate Students: A Film Tourism Study, Catherine A. Rudowsky
Department: Communications Media

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Interactions on the Online Writing Center: Students' Perspectives, Lindsay Ann Sabatino
Department: English

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Deconstructing Whiteness, Redefining Southern Literature: Bringing Back African American Voices into Southern Literature, Mi Ok Sa
Department: English

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Ecotech: A Pedagogical Theory for the Mobile Writer, Jessica Michelle Schreyer
Department: English

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Impact of a Reading Program on Rural Elementary School Students' Oral Reading Fluency and Early Literacy Skill Acquisition and Rate of Improvement, Christina Smith
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Impact of Chronic Stress and Trauma on Psychological and Neuropsychological Functioning of College Students, Leslie R. SmithVarner
Department: Psychology

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Exploring the Relationship Between Accomplished Teaching Through National Board Certification for Teachers and Teacher Leadership in New York State, Kathleen M. Sottile
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Faculty Perceptions of Mentoring First-Generation/Low Income and Underrepresented College Students at Predominately White Institutions: An Exploratory Study, Hilary G. Staples
Department: Sociology

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Harry Crosby, Experimental Materiality, and the Poetics of the Small Press, Neal Allen Stidham
Department: English

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Arab Americans' Identity Formation Process: Exile and Hybridity in Arab American Literature Before 9/11 and After, Muhammad Ali M. El-Sagheer Suliman
Department: English

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A Qualitative Critical Study of Collaborative Co-Teaching Practices of English Language Teachers in Public Elementary Schools in South Korea, Shannon Tanghe
Department: English

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The Iowa Gambling Task: A Study of Convergent and Divergent Validity and Performance in Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Distress, Heather Tropiano
Department: Psychology

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The Interplay of Theory and Practice in Writing Center Work, Thomas Paul Truesdell
Department: English

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The Reverend Doctor William Archer Rutherfoord Goodwin: Can Leadership Resurrect and Restore the Past?, Susan Hutzler Venatta
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Examining Oncology Nurses' Knowledge of Chemotherapy Errors Using Two Self-Directed Learning Strategies, Anna N. Vioral
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Love, Labor and Knowledge: How Informal Social Groups Disseminate and Enforce Dominant Ideologies in Select Victorian Novels, Brett Robert Wallen
Department: English

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The Walkthrough Observation: The Elementary Principals' and Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of the Walkthrough Observation Tool, Rick A. Walsh
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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An Exploration of the Effects of a Literature-Based Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum on the Kindergarten Classes in a Large K-5 Elementary School, Susan N. Gravle Werkheiser
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Manufacturing Culture: A Comparative Spatial Analysis of the Film Industry in Three Rust Belt Cities, R. James Wertz
Department: Communications Media

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Writing Placement and Proficiency Assessment Practices in Two Rural Two-Year Colleges, Melody Anne Wise
Department: English

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The Training Curriculum at Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academies: Perceptions of Effective Training, Jonathan Wesley Wolf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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"Chicks with Bics": Examining Contemporary Check Lit and Embedded Feminist Cultural Commentary, Jennifer Mary Woolston
Department: English

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Washback Effects of the Reformed CET-4 on College English Teaching and Learning in China: Students' Perspectives, Zhiling Wu
Department: English

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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A Descriptive Study of the Effects of Mentoring and Induction Programs on Novice Teacher Self-Efficacy Beliefs, John M. Ackermann
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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There Is a Wound in That Wall: Representations of Islam in Selected Works of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Ghada Al Abbadi
Department: English

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iCriticism: Rethinking the Roles and Uses of Computation and the Computer in Literary Studies, Mohammad Ibrahim Aljayyousi
Department: English

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A Descriptive Study of First-year College Students' Non-academic Digital Literacy Practices with Implications for College Writing Education, Ann N. Amicucci
Department: English

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"We Make Marines:" Organizational Socialization and the Effects of "The Crucible" on the Values Orientation of Recruits During U. S. Marine Corps Training, Michael D. Becker
Department: Sociology

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Motivation to Run: Using Fishbein & Ajzen'sTheory of Reasoned Action to Predict Participation in 5K Races, Nicolette Michelle Bell
Department: Sociology

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Feminist Borderland Aesthetics in Three North American U.S. Women's Novels, Judy M. Bertonazzi
Department: English

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The Earth Education Program SunshipTM Earth: A Mixed Methods Study of the Long-Term Influence on Environmental Attitudes and Actions, Nancy K. Bires
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Is it Still a Sexual Offense if Society Doesn't Find it Offensive? Cultural Constructions and Rape Proclivity, Beth A. Bliss
Department: Psychology

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Military Leadership in Combat, Paul R. Bollinger
Department: Sociology

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Middle Level Science: A Mixed-Methodology Study of the Impact of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) on Curriculum and Instruction, PatriciaSarappo Sarappo Britton
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Using Comic Books and Graphic Novels to Improve and Facilitate Community College Students' Literacy, Brian Patrick Burke
Department: English

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Puerto Rican Radical: The Effects of Neoliberalism on the Life and Work of Martín Espada, Edward J. Carvalho
Department: English

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The Utility of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers in a Preschool-Age Special Education Sample, JoAnna R. Cogan-Ferchalk
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Ecological Episteme: A Pathway to a Literacy of Sustainability, Brian D. Cope
Department: English

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Simulation Usage as a Partial Replacement of Traditional Clinical: A Study of Administrator and Faculty Perceptions in Practical Nursing Programs in Pennsylvania, Cynthia A. Cornelius
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Student Affairs New Professionals Employee Orientation Programs' Relationship with Organizational Socialization, Amy L. Cotner-Klinger
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effects of Professional Development on Teachers' Technology Self-Efficacy: A Design-Based Approach, Joshua David DeSantis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Making Meaning of Adversity: Experiences of Women Leaders in Higher Education, Amy B. Diehl
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on Academic Achievement, Jessica Katherine Dirsmith
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Exploring Writing Accuracy and Writing Complexity as Predictors of High-Stakes State Assessments, Ellie Whitner Edman
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Case Study of 21st Century Skills in High Achieving Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania, Gregory P. Egnor
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of Crime-Related Television Programs on Students' Perceptions of the Criminal Justice System, Brian Michael Fedorek
Department: Criminology

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Test Nationally, Benchmark Locally: Using Local DIBELS Benchmarks to Predict Performance on the PSSA, Matthew R. Ferchalk
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Telemental Health and the Client-Therapist Relationship, Shelby H. Bohn Frantz
Department: Psychology

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Reflective Thinkers: An Examination of the Development of the Student Teachers' Journal Reflections during the Student Teaching Experience, Christine L. Fryer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Impact of RTI Practices on Student Reading Achievement, Tara L. Gleason
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Influence of a Companion Animal's Presence on Aspects of the Therapeutic Alliance, Kara M. Goldmann
Department: Psychology

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Impact of Learning Theory Methods on Undergraduate Retention and Application of Software in a Studio Setting, Julie L. Gomboc-Turyan
Department: Communications Media

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The Diffusion of Facebook in Rural, Southwestern Pennsylvania Baby Boomers, Laurie A. Grosik
Department: Communications Media

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Assessing the Contextual Effect of Autobiographical and Media Memory, Dana C. Hackley
Department: Communications Media

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Elementary Writing Assessment Platforms: A Quantitative Examination of Online Versus Offline Writing Performance of Fifth-Grade Students, Vickie L. Heath
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Capes and the Canon: Comic Book Superheroes and Canonical American Literature, Forrest C. Helvie
Department: English

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Differences in Student Perceptions of Student and Faculty Incivility among Nursing Program Types: An Application of Attribution Theory, Riah Leigh Hoffman
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: How Does it Affect Consumers' Perceptions About Treatment?, Shelly Ann Hopkins
Department: Psychology

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Performing Mutuality in the Writing Class: Creating Emancipatory Teacher- Student Relationships through Response and Interactivity, John Ryan Hrebik
Department: English

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Examination of the Training of School Psychologists in Post-Secondary Transition Practices, Carrie R. Jackson
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Destination Memory Accuracy in Younger and Older Adults, Susan C. Jefferson
Department: Psychology

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“What Are We Doing Here, Anyway?” An Exploration of the Attitudes and Responses of Teaching Assistants from Composition and from Literature Regarding Their TA Preparation, Jennifer Kathleen Johnson
Department: English

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Metacognition and Learning to Read: An Examination of the Metacognitive Strategies Fifth Grade Students Use Before, During, and After Reading, Dana Ann Keck
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Graduates' Perceptions of a Western Pennsylvania Public High School Alternative Education Program, Beverly J. Knopf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Phenomenological Exploration of Suburban Public Southwestern Pennsylvania High School Teachers and Digitally Plagiarized Content Received from Their Students, Cheryl Ann Kohler
Department: Communications Media

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Coping-Mediated Differences in Posttraumatic Growth, Kelly A. Kovack
Department: Psychology

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Long-Serving Rural Superintendents of Western Pennsylvania: A Descriptive Case Study of the Factors That May Influence Their Longevity, Shawn Lewis Kovac
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Effects of Media Exposure on Intention to Seek Mental Health Treatment in College Students, Dennis G. LaLonde Jr.
Department: Psychology

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Crude Designs, Slick Resistance: Petrofiction in the Global Age, Tracy J. Lassiter
Department: English

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Independent Mountaineers: Tracing a Path of Individualism in Appalachian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture Since 1950, Rachal Marie Le Bourhis
Department: English

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A Study of Parental Understanding of and Intervention in Cyberbullying among Children in Fourth through Eighth Grade, Emily L. Levine
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Expectancies in College Students With and Without a Substance-Dependent First-Degree Relative, Quinne Leyden
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Social, Cultural and Educational Factors and English Language Acquisition in Third Grade Second Language Learners, Jeffrey Paul Lotas
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Adoption of Instructional Technology by Chinese Women Faculty in Higher Education, Yixin Lu
Department: Communications Media

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Children's Stories: A Narrative Resource, Hart K. MacCardell
Department: Psychology

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“I Wonder if He’s for Sale”: (Mis)spent Youth and (Re)written Subjectivities in the Fiction of Bret Easton Ellis, William Magrino
Department: English

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Does the Use of Data Analysis Teaming for Student Achievement and Level of Student Work Improve Student Performance in Reading?, Christina Marie Marco-Fies
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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At the Kitchen Table: Women and Food in Late Twentieth-Century U.S. Multiethnic and Global Women's Literature, Allyson Denise Marino
Department: English

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Young Adults' Spirituality: How Church Leaders Are Addressing Spiritual Needs of Young Adults in Small Rural Churches, Brunilda Martínez
Department: Sociology

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Social Agency of Sideshow Performers in Literature and Film: An Analysis of Panoptic, Clinical, and Educative Gaze Constructs, Stacey Leigh Mascia
Department: English

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Using Electronic Reading Devices to Gauge Student Situational Interest in Reading: A Quantitative Study with Ninth-Grade Language Arts Students, Karen Louise Matis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Mixed-Methods Study of Early Intervention Implementation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Janet Anne Mattern
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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HIV/AIDS Stigma: Effects of Gender, Level of Responsibility, and Priming, Kendra R. McCarty
Department: Psychology