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TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Esmeralda "Ezzy" Adolf is majoring in psychology and minoring in anthropology. She is interested in studying brain malfunctions and hopes to earn her PhD in clinical or neuropsychology. Her current research focuses on how participants' age effects time estimation in short- and long-duration tasks. Ezzy would like to someday work as a neuropsychologist.
Ezzy was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. She attended Eisenhower High School and was encouraged by her parents to attend the local community college after receiving her high school diploma in 2006. She went on to receive her Associate's Degree in psychology and transferred to Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2009. She will be the first of five children to achieve a bachelor's degree in June of 2012. Her parents, who emigrated from Mexico in 1973, have always encouraged her to embrace the educational opportunities they did not have. Ezzy's family reality is a constant reminder of the hard work it takes to be economically sound.
At EWU, she has focused her attention on her studies and showing exemplary work. Her grade point average has reflected her academic effort and helped her achieve the Dean's list three times. She has recently been voted in as Treasurer of EWU's Psi Chi chapter, the international honor society for psychology students. Ezzy attributes much of her success to the unyielding support provided by her husband and family.
Summer 2011 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Anderson, EWU Psychology
20th Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Lake Geneva, WI: November 11-13, 2011
Presented by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP)
and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Abstract: The Impact of Age on Time Estimation
Adolf, Esmeralda, (Jonathan Anderson), Department of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Washington
In order to drive a car, one must be able to accurately estimate the amount of time it would take to merge into traffic or stop at a stop sign. Past research has shown that older adults are less accurate estimating time than younger adults. The present study investigated time estimation abilities in individuals in their middle ages (aged 35 to 55) compared to younger adults (aged 20 to 30). The aim of this study was to narrow the age gap as it relates to the perception and accurate estimation of time. Participants provided time estimates for 10 s, 25 s, 45 s, and 60 s time intervals. The results suggested that the Older Adults provided a greater magnitude of error at 25 s and 45 s intervals, and underestimated the 60 s time interval to a greater degree than younger adults. This suggests that age differences can be noticed earlier than past research has suggested.
Dr. Jonathan Anderson was very helpful in his encouragment of meeting the expectations he set for me while doing my research over the summer. Never a negative word and always open to any questions I had or clarifications I needed. He gave me great insight as to what a statement of purpose should, and should not include. Over the past three years, I have really been able to notice how much he and other professors in the Psychology Department have really advocated on my behalf and could not be more thankful for all the support shown to me while at Eastern Washington University.