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WJU Student Receives Grant For Undergraduate Research Project

The Phi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant Committee recently awarded Wheeling Jesuit University psychology student Nathan Corley funding to continue a research project.

Corley, a native of Proctor, W.Va., is researching “The Effects of Odor Administration on Personal Characteristic Ratings.”

According to his faculty advisor Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Corley’s research asks his study participants to look at photographs of people and indicate how attractive, intelligent, trustworthy, healthy and successful the people appear.

“While the participants were making their ratings, they are in a room that was either non-scented, or scented with peppermint, lavender, or cinnamon,” Raudenbush explained. He noted the research project will try to distinguish whether a specific odor will impact the way the participants rate the photographs.

The grant money will be used for purchase of odors, lab supplies and participant stipends.

Once the study is complete, Corley must provide the Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, a final report and project summary.

"Very few awards are given each year through this is a national competition by Psi Chi,” Raudenbush said. “Nate's project takes a very novel approach to determine those factors which affect our evaluations of others. This research has important implications for the field of psychology, as well as for understanding social interactions in general."

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