Engineering for Yourself
eatsa Technology Series Blog Post
Part of a larger series by the eatsa engineering team, reflections on my work and what it means to me.
Senior Honors Thesis
- One of four students selected to complete a senior honors thesis in Psychology
- Year-long project culminating in a 33-page paper on the experimental design of the study and its outcomes
- Keywords: cyberbullying, gender, gender roles, bystander effect, bystander intervention
Cyberbullying is a growing phenomenon affecting individuals of all ages who use the Internet.
Although extensive previous research has been conducted on the psychology of children who cyberbully, and to a lesser extent, on the experience of being cyberbullied, the role of bystanders in response to what is often a very public event has not been explored in an experimental, non- self-report context. Additionally, the role of bystanders and what motivates them to react to bullying events has only minimally been explored in online contexts. College-aged participants were recruited to complete what they were told was a computer-based discussion task focused on campus life, but what was actually a simulation with three fake participants that devolves into an event of cyberbullying. It was hypothesized that females would be more likely to intervene than males and that male participants would be more likely to intervene when presented with a female target then when presented with a male target. No significant results were found for either of the hypotheses, and study limitations as well as future directions are addressed in the discussion.1
Please contact me directly for further inquiries into the project and its findings.
Romantic Jealousy, Envy and Schadenfreude Research Project
Working title: "Age-Related Differences in Romantic Jealousy, Envy and Schadenfreude"
- Worked as research assistant to Dr. Leah Light and Dr. Norma Rodriguez
- Involved in every stage of study design, including literature review, survey development and design, deployment online, online troubleshooting, preliminary data cleaning and analysis via SPSS and Microsoft Excel
- Collection of over 1000 datasets online via Amazon MTurk and Qualtrics
- Interest in discovering more efficient ways to clean and analyze data inspired initial study of Python and creation of basic survey parser (see Code Projects)
1 Trilling, T. (2016). The Role of Gender in Bystander Reactions to Cyberbullying. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.