Research/Speaking Engagements

A list of Alan’s research, speaking engagements, and academic achievements are listed below. Alan graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business. Any research reports or speaking engagements may be acquired by request.

Psychological Research:

  • 2009 – Emotion in Music: Do Songs Evoke Feelings or Simply Represent Them? (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Laura Edelman and Mrs. Patricia Helm)

Our hypothesis that a positive or negative memory association with a song will induce emotion in listeners more than if there is no memory association was supported by the data. This data supports Thompson’s (2009) theory of episodic memory, which states that music induces emotions when linked with a personal memory. Our research suggests the possibility of using music associated with memories to induce desired emotions in people. This could benefit psychotherapy, marketing and business, and other places where emotions are vital.

  • 2010 – Youth Sports – Observation on sports’ effects on youth during internship with Philadelphia Flyers/Comcast-Spectacor (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Stefanie Sinno)
  • 2010 – Emotion in Music: Do Songs Evoke Feelings or Simply Represent Them? (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Laura Edelman and Mrs. Patricia Helm)
  • 2011 – Emotion in Music: Do Songs Evoke Feelings or Simply Represent Them? (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Laura Edelman and Mrs. Patricia Helm

—Participants listened to 18 brief pop music examples and rated the emotional qualities of the song. Participants also indicated whether they had a positive, negative, neutral or no memory associated with the song. Results indicated that having an associated memory was more likely to lead to induced emotion.

  • 2011 – Child research at Northampton Community College (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Roger Phillips)
  • Senior Thesis Project: Talent Development in Sports: What Contributes to Future Athletic Success? (Performed in conjunction with Dr. Jeffrey Rudski and Dr. Laura Edelman

The purpose of this study will be to compare Division III athletes at Muhlenberg to minor professional and major professional athletes. I am interested in determining the factors that contribute to future athletic success, including: number of hours of practice per week as a child/teenager, levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, parental support (emotionally and financially), peer relationships, coaching relationships, grit, and sport enjoyment.

Speaking Engagements/Presentations:

  • 2010 – Poster Presentation at Association for Psychological Science convention in Boston, MA.
  • 2011 – Poster Presentation at  Association for Psychological Science convention in Washington, DC.
  • 2012 – Thesis defense presentation at Muhlenberg College.
  • 2012 – Keynote address at Psychology Day, Spring 2012 at Muhlenberg College

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: