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1st Student's Major

Psychology

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Jamie Scott graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in the spring of 2007 with a Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Psychology after having begun his studies at Riverland Community College. Jamie Scott has also been accepted into the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. His current research interests are primarily in the general area of anxiety disorders, and more specifically in finding the causes of development and the means for the successful treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety. Jamie Scott was a member of the inaugural Psychology Honors program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and he has been regularly named to his school‟s President‟s List and Dean‟s List. He has been the recipient of multiple scholarships while attending Riverland Community College. Amongst his professional affiliations are the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Psi Chi National Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He has extensive research experience, highlighted by conducting an independent study examining the relationship between mood and weather, a study in which external funding was procured, with the results orally presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April, 2007 in Mankato.

Mentor's Name

Jeffrey Buchanan

Mentor's Email Address

jeffrey.buchanan@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Psychology

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

A void exists in the literature in regards to how identical weather conditions impact individuals from different geographic locations. It is believed relocated individuals are more susceptible to fluctuations in mood stemming from novel weather conditions than indigenous individuals. The sample consisted of 70 life-long Minnesota residents and 25 individuals who have spent minimum of one year living outside of Minnesota. Participants completed a mood self-report measure online for four consecutive weeks to determine positive and negative affect levels. Data was then matched with corresponding weather data for the same time period. No support was found for the hypothesis. However, sunshine was identified as the crucial factor for mood adjustment.

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