Self-Distancing and Emotional Reactivity
Allison Koneczny ’18 received the Best Undergraduate Empirical Research Poster award at the May 2018 Ohio Psychological Association annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. Allison competed with undergraduates from institutions across Ohio who had conducted research in psychology. The award was given for her senior research project titled “Self-distancing and emotional reactivity.”
Senior research in psychology is a year-long project involving independent planning, executing, and summarizing a research study. Each student conducting senior research is mentored individually by a faculty member in the psychology department. Allison’s work investigated the impact of taking a third-person perspective (self-distancing) on emotional responses to writing about a stressful event. In her experiment, student volunteers were asked to write about a stressful experience either with or without using self-distancing in their writing. As part of the award, Allison’s research will be published in the upcoming issue of the Ohio Psychologist. Participants’ emotional reactions to the exercise were measured before and after writing.
After graduation, Allison will begin working as a member of a clinical psychology research team at the University of Michigan. She plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology in the future.