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Analyzing the Effect of Trust on Voter Decision to Vote By Mail
Analyzing the Effect of Trust on Voter Decision to Vote By Mail
Often trust within politics is measured via trust in government in general, but this thesis aims to evaluate trust in individual government figures. At the center of this study is the relationship between voter trust in President Trump and voting by mail. Trust in government is reconsidered at the individual level through the examination of rhetoric and the Receive- Accept- Sample model. This study was conducted in survey form and conclusions were drawn from data collected from approximately 467 potential voters. My findings were not statistically significant per tabular analysis, signaling a weak relationship between the variables. However, this area of study is becoming increasingly important and with additional developments stronger relationships could be found., Vote By Mail, Trust, 2020 Election
Analyzing the Relationship Between Vocabulary Size and the Duration and Accuracy of Response of English Learners
Analyzing the Relationship Between Vocabulary Size and the Duration and Accuracy of Response of English Learners
English Learners with slow vocabulary development take longer to comprehend text than English-speaking monolinguals. This is a significant problem for many students who are learning English as a second language and it is important that we best assist English Learners to prevent delays within the classroom. The purpose of this study is to analyze how children’s vocabulary size correlates with the duration and accuracy of their response. This study analyzes 20 students ages 5-6, and uses eye tracking technology to measure response time. Contrary to previous studies, a correlation between vocabulary size and duration of response was not found. Our findings did show a correlation between vocabulary size and accuracy of response, and English Learners portrayed a stronger performance than English-speaking monolinguals on the eye tracking task. Through these findings, we are better able to understand the impact of vocabulary size on English Learners to aid English Learners academically and socially., Keywords: English Learner, English Language Learner, Eye tracking, duration of response, accuracy of response, Spanish bilingual
Analyzing the symbolism of Judy Chicago and Simone de Beauvoir: the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of motherhood
Analyzing the symbolism of Judy Chicago and Simone de Beauvoir: the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of motherhood
Judy Chicago, a visual artist, and Simone de Beauvoir, an existentialist, present differing, yet still complementary evaluations of the contemporary situation of the western mother. Chicago, with her art series The Birth Project, focuses on the emotional/intuitive experience of the mother and relates the entire societal experience to a spiritual event by using goddess imagery. In stark contrast, de Beauvoir elaborates on the social construction of motherhood as an exploitative and objectifying experience. She expands upon the notion that mothers exist mainly as a societal scapegoat. The combination of the analysis performed by each woman provides a clear understanding of the role of the mother as an intuitive experience with oppressive societal origins. Evaluating Chicago and de Beauvoir in relation to each other broadens the analysis of motherhood and the social changes necessary to improve the experience of the mother and re-empower women., Advisor: Dr. Viki Thompson Wyldler, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Women's Studies., Thesis (Honors paper)--Florida State University, 2008., Includes bibliographical references.
Anatomical Characterization of the Vasopressin 1a Receptor System in the Murine Neonate
Anatomical Characterization of the Vasopressin 1a Receptor System in the Murine Neonate
Keywords: Vasopressin, AVP, AVPR1a, Receptor, Murine, Neonate, qPCR
Anthology of Awkardness
Anthology of Awkardness
This thesis explores different styles of creative nonfiction. I am attempt to examine on a more intimate level the human experience of awkwardness. I hope to catalogue my personal experiences of awkwardness. To accomplish this I explore the notion of awkwardness as a human experience in humorous terms that suggest serious consequences for the weight we tend to put on awkward situations. The overall arc of this collection is meant to fluctuate and retrace itself. I intentionally have multiple essays on similar subjects, such as those about romantic relationships and the dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship, because I want to highlight the complexity of those relationships and examine the so-called awkwardness on different levels., Keywords: awkwardness, growing up, growing pains, boys, maturity, 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 10, 2013.

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