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Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement ProgramWelcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
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Cheney, WA 99004
"I wanted to say thank you again for what you have done for me as mentors as well as the McNair program. I would not be sitting where I am right now if it were not for McNair! I still can't believe I am in graduate school here in Southern California!!" Theresa Harkness is currently at the University of California Santa Barbara, earning a PhD in Educational Cultural Perpectives and Comparative Education
In her current work, Ms. Harkness is looking at cognitive processes as they relate to behaviors. She will examine the executive-gate model and time-estimation for her research project, specifically investigating if those that report attention deficits will be less accurate on estimating time. The purpose of this research is to better understand attention as a cognitive function. Understanding such processes is helpful, especially when considering attention deficits. The executive-gate model shows that manipulations increasing the resources associated to general processing (nontemporal stimuli) result in the time processor losing resources and thus impacting time-estimation accuracy (Fortin & Masse, 2000). Ms. Harkness will manipulate time to be able to determine possible attention affects associated with time-estimation.
Harkness, Theresa, (Jonathan Anderson), Department of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, Washington The main goal of the present experiment was to verify whether those who report attention deficit characteristics also produce time estimates that are overall less accurate compared to controls. "X" neurologically normal young adults (x female; x male) participated in this study. The participants age range was x-x (M = X, SD = X). A dual-task procedure was utilized in which participants were asked to read the numbers aloud as they appeared on the computer screen, to decrease the chance of counting and other monitoring strategies. Participants completed a self-report measure of attention deficits and a measure of executive dysfunction. The purpose of these questionnaires was to assess those who report more attention deficit characteristics over those who do not report such characteristics.
Graduate School Acceptances:_____________________________________________________________
University of California, Santa Barbara: PhD Program; Educational Cultural Perpectives and Comparative Education