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Examining Psychopathic Traits and Physiological Indicators of Emotion Regulation
Examining Psychopathic Traits and Physiological Indicators of Emotion Regulation
Research has shown that individuals with psychopathic traits, and particularly trait boldness, demonstrate blunted physiological responses to aversive pictures when endeavoring to regulate their emotional response to aversive pictures. Studies of this kind have primarily focused on late positive potential (LPP) amplitude during effortful emotion regulation and self-reported reactivity to unpleasant stimuli, without investigating response to pleasant pictures or the self-reported success of regulation efforts. The current study sought to replicate and expand on recent work by Ellis et al., (2017) examining emotional reactivity and regulation in individuals with psychopathic traits by determining (1) whether boldness-related reductions in LPP are specific to negative-valence images or if they extend to positive images as well, (2) whether boldness-related LPP reductions are driven by a specific unpleasant picture content type (threat, mutilation, or contamination), and (3) whether discrepancies in self-reported emotional reactivity and electrophysiology in high-bold individuals extends to self-reported emotion regulation success. Analyses revealed that none of the Ellis findings were replicated in our sample; significant associations between boldness and instruction type under the suppress-view conditions to nurturance images and suppress-view and view conditions to threat images implicated efficient neural downregulation of emotion in high-bold individuals to both content types. Additionally, greater self-reported success in downregulating the emotional response to threatening images further supported the notion that boldness is associated with more effective willful down-regulation of emotional reactivity to threat in both experiential and neural modalities. Due to contradictory findings from the limited studies which have investigated the role of psychopathic traits in relation to neural and experiential indices of emotion regulation, further investigation is necessary to reach firm conclusions in this regard., Emotion regulation, Psychopathy, Boldness, LPP

Novel Global Perspectives on Marine Redox Conditions During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Novel Global Perspectives on Marine Redox Conditions During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Recent trends in marine deoxygenation resulting from the unprecedented modern release of carbon have raised concerns regarding the future of the global ocean’s redox structure. Past hyperthermal warming events are studied in order to make inferences on possible climate scenarios and of these events particularly the most extreme, the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM; ~56 Mya). The PETM is characterized by a large and rapid negative carbon isotope excursion caused by a sudden input of 4,500-10,000 of Pg of carbon into the Earth-atmosphere system. This study aimed to better constrain the timing of changes in marine redox during this critical event by applying a suite of geochemical proxies on samples from two localities (the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic Coastal Plain). FeT/Al, Mo, and V concentrations suggest that the Arctic experienced euxinia (anoxic and sulfidic water column) during the PETM, while the application of these proxies to the Atlantic section suggests the local depositional conditions were reducing but not completely euxinic. These local conditions are reducing enough to capture the global seawater signature. Each section records a positive shift in Tl isotopes at the onset of the carbon isotope excursion which tapered off during the carbon isotope excursion. These results suggest that oxygen quickly declined at the onset of climatic warming but steadily returned to oxic values as the hypothermal event terminated. The changes in redox during this event are likely a response to the massive warming and could provide a negative feedback to the associated perturbation of the global carbon cycle, providing a burial mechanism to the addition of carbon released over the event. Future work adding other proxies, such as Fe speciation, and higher resolution data could provide greater constraints to examine the plausibility of this idea.

Policy Gaps in Incentivizing Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy
Policy Gaps in Incentivizing Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Pregnancy
Mood disorders and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses prevalent in the United States. During pregnancy, these conditions have the potential to negatively impact the health of both the pregnant person1 and their offspring, especially if left untreated. Current research suggests that the benefits of treating these mental health conditions during pregnancy tend to be successful in mitigating the risks of adverse outcomes associated with untreated mental health conditions. The objectives of this project are to summarize current federal policy regarding prenatal mood disorders, to identify disparities in prenatal mood disorder diagnosis and treatment (pharmacotherapy and counseling/psychotherapy), and to propose a course of policy action to improve prenatal mental health outcomes in the United States. Current policy gaps surrounding prenatal mood and anxiety disorders indicate a need for vast improvement, especially given the detrimental effects that untreated mood disorders in pregnancy can have on both women and children.

What Difference Does a Sales Education Make Anyway?
What Difference Does a Sales Education Make Anyway?
The interview process in firms hiring salespeople is critical to developing an understanding of the applicant’s traits, behaviors, and aspirations to ensure proper alignment with that firm’s vision and culture. Though managers must decipher the applicant's projected performance, industry research lacks a universal heuristic to provide objective guidelines to an otherwise subjective decision. In hiring salespeople, firms are witnessing increased competition among qualified candidates as college graduates with a formal sales education present similar, yet additionally beneficial attributes as do professionals with prior sales experience, who previously dominated the industry’s hiring market. Using both qualitative data via phone interviews and quantitative data through surveys, the author explores the various extrinsic and intrinsic motivators that contribute to this phenomenon, providing firms with discernable attributes, backgrounds, and aspirations that lead to increased productivity. The combined results indicate that a formal sales education provides a deepened commitment toward a sales profession, building an applicant who understands an amorphous sales process and offers the flexibility, coachability, and ambition that help an organization achieve its goals. Hiring managers can narrow their search for these traits and realize a greater likelihood of selecting a successful candidate., Sales, Education, Experience, Hiring, Recruiting, Graduates
 Passenger Facility Charge Versus Grants
Passenger Facility Charge Versus Grants
American airports’ capital improvements are funded predominantly through grants (Airport Improvement Program) and user fees (Passenger Facility Charge). Using data collected from the Federal Aviation Administration, FlightGlobal, and J.D. Power, this paper conducts a multiple regression model in an attempt to find the effect an increase in the percent that grants make up non-operating revenue has on operational efficiency. On-time departure percentage is used to evaluate operational efficiency. The model finds, with statistical significance, that for every one percent increase in grant percentage of non-operating revenue, there is a 6.41 percent decrease in on-time departures. This paper finds valuable information for policy makers as there is a growing need for funding in our nation’s airports. Finally, this paper fills a gap in research regarding the effect of revenue policy on operational efficiency at our airports.
"As a Member of the Body of Christ"
"As a Member of the Body of Christ"
Keywords: Episcopal Church, Campus Ministry, Civil Rights, Tallahassee, Sit-Ins, Protests, Ruge Hall, Chapel of the Resurrection, Florida, Florida State University
"But where is his voice?
"But where is his voice?
For the past sixty years the question of whether or not Pope Pius XII did all that he could to help the victims of the Holocaust has plagued the reputation and memory of his papacy. As the Vatican and Pope Francis continue proceedings towards the canonization of Pius, the question of what judgment can be placed against the pope becomes ever more pressing. My project examines the path that the debate has taken over the past six decades through the work of both the critics and defenders of His Holiness. While this thesis does not deliver a verdict against Pius, it does address the important question of how the contemporary reader can understand what has been written and the evolution of the charges that have been placed against him. In this paper Rolf Hochhuth serves as the leading example for the critics and Father Robert Graham S.J. serves as his defense counterpart. Beginning with these two men and their arguments, I examine the charges and responses of both the defenders and the critics during the controversial years of the 1960s and 1990s. Through this study I have found that though the Vatican's records remain sealed limiting the pool of information for researchers, the debate has continued to thrive because of the difference in perception of the two sides. The critics place their emphasis on the moral responsibility of the pope and the defenders focus their arguments on the political responsibility and implications of the pope's actions during this uncertain time., Keywords: Pope Pius XII, The Deputy, Holocaust, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014., Date of Defense: April 16, 2014.
"Choosing my Religion"
"Choosing my Religion"
This thesis explores the category and performance of the "spiritual but not religious" in contemporary America, namely the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This thesis seeks to illuminate how a specific notion of self is formed through therapeutic and popular culture, and what irreligious spirituality enables that self to do., Keywords: Spiritual but not religious, Therapeutic Culture, Popular Culture, Spirituality
"Endless Space Between"
"Endless Space Between"
Architectural spaces and places within films often work to represent larger themes of the films' stories. This paper explores how films from three different genres, horror, science fiction, and romance, utilize architectural places and space on screen to represent gender. Films explored include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Ridley Scott's Alien, and Spike Jonze's Her., Keywords: film studies, Psycho, Hitchcock, Her Spike Jonze, Alien, Gender Studies, Mise en scene, Cinematography, Architecture, Film, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Fall, 2014., Date of Defense: November 21, 2014.
"I am the Truth (أنا الحق)"
"I am the Truth (أنا الحق)"
Keywords: Hallaj, I am Truth, Orientalism, Sufism, Islam
"It's True, It's True, It's True"
"It's True, It's True, It's True"
In the fall of 2018, I was fortunate enough to witness a production of It’s True, It’s True, It’s True with my devising class during my semester abroad with the FSU Theatre Academy London. The documentary piece uses the original 400-year-old court transcripts as its primary source to depict the trial of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi as she accuses her tutor, Agostino Tassi, of rape. Throughout the performance, I found myself consistently (and automatically) making connections between this 1612 sexual assault case and the recognizable contemporary sexual assault cases that had been in surrounding discourse at the time, namely the hearing of supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as accused by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The show itself reinforced these connections within the viewer by contrasting a Baroque subject matter against distinctly modern production choices. In this staging of juxtaposition, Breach Theatre’s production It’s True, It’s True It’s True uses an individual sexual assault case to create a microcosm that reflects the larger-scale treatment of women throughout history, from 17th century Italy to 21st century London. In the trial, Artemisia presents her paintings as evidence to the court; similarly, It’s True, It’s True It’s True is presented as yet another entry in the anthology of artistic evidence of chronicled violence against women. In contemporary culture, scrutiny of this systematic violence in relation to art has been embodied most notably in the form of the #MeToo movement. Victims of assault within the entertainment industry have stepped forward and shared their testimonies to varying degrees of consequence for both themselves and their perpetrators. On a personal level, my individual history as a student and artist at Florida State has been affected by sexual assault allegations and Title IX proceedings, both within the School of Theatre and on a university-wide scale. The status of artistic depictions of assault throughout history prompts the question: how much has changed for women in contemporary society? Realizing how rape culture has endured, I was challenged to add to this artistic body of evidence by directing my own staging of this show through an American collegiate female lens to address the presence of assault against women in my own university and explore the relationship between memory and cultural violence through performance., Keywords: Theatre, Art History, Feminism, Documentary
"Mysteries" Behind The Adapted Story
"Mysteries" Behind The Adapted Story
This creative thesis project focuses on adapting the short story form to short film. My work examines how a particular short story can be adapted into different film genres for different audiences. The project adapts the short story by Elizabeth Tallent entitled, "No One's A Mystery" into four very different scripts: a "faithful" adaptation, a hand-drawn limited-animation children's narrative, a "loose" adaptation, and a music video treatment. In this text, the reader will find some introductory information on adaptation theory and a brief overview of some scholarly debate; followed by the four scripts and analyses for each short film. The major focus of the analyses are on the adaptation process. They will also include each interpretation's relationship to the short story, theory, and how audience and genre affect the process. Two of the four scripts (the children's narrative and music video adaptations) have been filmed and edited together as well to further understand the adaptive mode., Keywords: adaptation, film, short story, fiction, genre, audience, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013., Date of Defense: April 17, 2013.

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