On Being the Participant for a Day

This past week, I got to be the guinea pig during EEG training for lab members. For once, instead of being the one doing the poking and measuring and taping, I was the one being poked and measured and taped. Because most of you reading this have probably never done an EEG study before, I thought I would take this chance to explain to you what happens in our lab during the EEG portion.

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Abstract: Smoking and Alcohol Response Study

My name is Sarah, and I am a freshman here at W&M. This past year, I was extremely fortunate and was able to work in Professors Forestell and Dicker’s lab. The three year study we’re working on is looking at responses in children and adults to smoking and alcohol pictures.¬†We use questionnaires, an EEG study, and a variety of computer tasks to assess their reactions.

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Differences in Standards for Teaching Evolution and Public Opinion

Scientists accept the theory of evolution by natural selection nearly universally. However, a disproportionately large section of the general population still does not believe in evolution by natural selection. I believe that this may be due to the way legislation forces teachers and textbooks to present evolution merely as a theory instead of a scientific theory.

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