Please join us for the Scholarly Sharing Initiative at the end of October.
Delicious lunch provided
Wed, Oct 30
Marcella LaFever, Communication and Harjyot Samra, Business — Student responses to persuasion: Motivations for engaging in research outside the sciences at a teaching-intensive university
The purpose of this study was to determine what factors impact student motivations for engaging in research at a teaching-intensive university. The study provided information about persuasive messages that might attract students to participate in research and makes recommendations for using this information to construct materials that promote research opportunities. The authors will also talk about their collaboration that started as researcher and research assistant but developed into a co-authorship. Marcella and Harjyot would like to engage the attendees in a discussion about developing undergraduate opportunities for research, authorship and publication.
Ronald Laye, Psychology — Social networking: What we do and do not know about Facebook friends as social support, and potential applications in health care
In the Fall of 2009 I began collecting data to examine the relationship between personality variables and Facebook use. Assisted by one student, and later by several others over three years, our results showed that the more Facebook "friends" (FBF) one had, the better their psychological adjustment. High FBF was associated with high self esteem and extraversion, and with low social anxiety, neuroticism, and loneliness. We then showed that the usual understanding of the upper limit of 150 for social network size ("Dunbar's Number") does not apply to on-line networks. We were excited to discover brain imaging studies (Kanai et al, 2012) that reached the same conclusions using very different methodology. Given these exciting findings, we now wonder the following: if Facebook friends represent genuine useful social capital, can it be effective as social support in a health context? If so, how can the effects be maximized? What else do we need to know? These are the question s I propose to discuss with the audience.
Scholarly Sharing Initiative is sponsored by and with the generous support of: UFV Office of Research Services and UFV College of Arts Office
For more information contact Melissa Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Riedlinger (email@example.com)