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Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2012: People

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When I was writing my doctoral dissertation, I always wondered, “Will what I do seem interesting to anyone else?” After a survey of theses and dissertations published at the University of Alabama over the past year, I feel a lot more hopeful about an answer to this question.

Scholars from UA have been researching some interesting things this year, and they’re all published online in Acumen! This week, we’ll take a look at examples from across the disciplines.

To start with, there is so much to learn about people: how they think, what they do, and why they do it…

Psychology: Is it a bad thing if your child’s imaginary companion is more of a frenemy than a friend?

children
Image from a Wade Hall Small Collection

Communication: How do athletes repair their images after they make really public mistakes?


Image in the public domain, accessed here

Literature: What can we learn about friendship during the Renaissance period from reading Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona?

Image in the public domain, accessed here

Psychology: Do children with Down Syndrome read people’s emotions as well as other children do?


Image in the public domain, accessed here

Communication: Does playing the “good cop” make for more productive law enforcement-suspect interaction?

police and students
image from the UA Photo Collection

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