Student Post: Do Fragrances Have an Effect on Sustained Attention?

The following post was written by Christopher Dillon Parker, a Junior Psychology Major at Wingate University, Wingate, NC.

Effective ways to maintain attention during sustained tasks have long been sought after by numerous individuals and corporations across the world. This is because everyone who must endure a tiring and tedious task needs an efficient way to make sure that they remain alert. A worker who cannot stay attentive and vigilant at their job can be a hazard to themselves and others around them, while a student who cannot remain focused on a test is less likely to do well or achieve their full potential. Not being able to focus well may also cause much undesired stress in these individuals. However, studies have shown that being able to remain alert during a long-lasting activity, while also keeping stress levels down, can be accommodated by something as simple as a smell. Continue reading

Student Post: Can a Cup of Coffee Help “Morning People” to Overcome the Evening Slump?

The following post was written by Justin Templeton, a Junior Psychology Major at Wingate University, Wingate, NC.

Coffee has always been on a balance between being considered too unhealthy for its focus-enhancing benefits. Ever since coffee became widely known for its stimulating qualities, people have argued one of two sides. The arguments jumped from one side saying it causes cancer to the other side saying how the antioxidants prevent cancer. A recent study found strong evidence suggesting that the pep coffee puts in your step may now be worth the risk. Continue reading

Student Post: Do Tattoos and Piercings Influence Personality Perception?

The following post is by Rachel Wallace, a Sophomore Psychology Major and Human Services Minor at Wingate University, Wingate, NC.

Imagine you are walking down the street and you see someone with what seems like a million piercings and/or tattoos all over their body. What do you think? How do you judge this person? Are you saying to yourself, ‘Oh, this person looks really sweet?’ Or are you saying to yourself, ‘Oh my gosh, I do not want to be anywhere near him/her?’ As the years progress, more and more people are getting tattoos and piercings. People get them to be individuals, be defiant, or be expressive of our personalities, but do piercings and tattoos really do what people want them to? Continue reading

Admitting Psychology into the Science Club

Although the field of psychology has made considerable progress over the last few decades in establishing itself as a rigorous, scientific discipline, there are some who continue to criticize the field for being “unscientific.” These critics point to what they consider ambiguous terminology, a lack of experimental control, and ambiguous subjective measures of constructs like “happiness” and “life satisfaction” as reasons why psychology should be considered a “soft” science at best. However, these criticisms ignore the diverse methodologies and research areas within our field. So, let me offer a different perspective. Continue reading