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Austen McGuire

Major: Psychology

Research project: I am examining what cognitive factors affect how people perceive approaching objects.

Research mentors: Omri Gillath and Michael Vitevitch



Q: What surprised you about doing research?

A: The challenge that comes with trying to create your own computer program. There are numerous specific details that must fit perfectly together when trying to build your own computer program and one simple mistake can cause many problems.


Q: What do you like most about your research?

A:  Watching my project grow from a simple idea to a possible published article in a scientific journal for everyone to see.


Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in research?

A: If at first you do not succeed, try again. I have seen many people quit research because their first study did not work or they did not find the results they wanted. Just because things do not work out the first time does not mean someone should stop research. Use what you learn from your first research project to make your second, third, etc. research project better.


Q: How do you spend your time when you're not doing research?

A: When I am not working on my research I am spending time on my schoolwork, working out, or hanging out with friends.

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