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Written Communication Skills



  • Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Applebaugh, E.D., Muntz, T.L., & Nichols, D.F. (2016). Are Electrode Caps Worth the Investment? An Evaluation of EEG Methods in Undergraduate Neuroscience Laboratory Courses and ResearchJournal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. (Link to JUNE Website)

Manuscripts in Preparation:

  • Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Arrington, P., Nichols, D.F. Influence of Smiling on Initial Reactions Co-occurs with Processing of Facial Attractiveness.

  • Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Nichols, D.F. Artifact Frequency and Patterns in EEG Studies.

  • Shields, S.M., Nichols, D.F. Computational Modeling of Mechanisms of Interocular Suppression Stimulated through a Reverse Correlation Paradigm.

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Class: Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 230)

Professor: Dr. Angela Allen

Semester: Fall 2014

Assignment Description: Students wrote literature reviews on a particular topic related to abnormal psychology.


Excerpt: (Taken from "Conclusion" section.) Genetics undeniably plays a role in schizophrenia, and researchers are beginning to figure out how genotypic patterns are translated into schizophrenic phenotypes. The Schizophrenia Working Group of the PGC (2014) identified locations linked to schizophrenia while Arnedo, et al. (2014) analyzed the connections between genes are clinical presentation. Diwadkar and colleagues (2014) focused specifically on the connections between genetic risk, brain networks, and attention. Ota, et al. (2014) and Kido, et al. (2014) narrowed their focus even further, examining specific polymorphisms and linking them to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Genetic susceptibility is not a guarantee that someone will develop schizophrenia, however, demonstrating that there is also an environmental component to this disorder. Studies such as the one conducted by Walder and colleagues (2014) have provided additional insight into schizophrenic risk factors by looking at the interactions between genetic factors and developmental environments.


Reflection: This paper was my first experience with writing a literature review, and it greatly improved my ability to read scientific articles and extract relevant information from them. This also was the longest paper that I had ever written at the time, being 14 pages long with the cover page, abstract, and references list.

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