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Exploring Joint Attention in Infants in Relation to Locomotion and Language

Jacqueline Woo : Psychology Summer 2016

My research aims to examine the development of joint attention in infants. Joint visual attention (JVA) refers to the ability to share attention to a common object with another partner and is vital to an infant’s capacity to learn, as it facilitates various kinds of communication. JVA has been connected to both language and social-emotional development.

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Plurality in Southern Chinese Languages

Yvette Yi-Chi Wu : Linguistics Summer 2018

While languages like English use grammatical markers to signal plurality (like the -s in cat-s), languages like Chinese use separate words called classifiers. A classifier is a unit of measurement that allows the noun it describes to be countable, similar to saying ‘three pieces of furniture’ instead of ‘three furniture-s’ in English. Although Chinese has long been... Read More

Reconstructing Prehistoric Human-Plant Interactions: Paleoethnobotanical Study of a Middle Jomon Pit-dwelling at Sannai Maruyama

Caroline Akiko Yamamoto : Anthropology Summer 2007

The Sannai Maruyama site, located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, is currently considered to be the largest Jomon Period settlement in Japan. While ongoing excavations have significantly contributed to our understanding of Jomon hunter-gatherer lifeways, there is still much to learn about Sannai Maruyama’s functionality. My research will focus on analyzing the... Read More

The Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Truth? Using Educational Content to Shape Political Ideology in China's High Schools

David Yufan Yang : Statistics, Business Administration Summer 2011

Between 2004 and 2011, China implemented the largest secondary education reform in its history. Although the reformed textbooks embody many shifts in ideology (such as perspectives on Confucius), the primary goal of secondary education remains to enforce an overt set of ideologies onto Chinese students. My research project asks: how effective is China’s centralized... Read More

Class, Gender, and Parenting Patterns in Contemporary China

Yuchen Yang : Sociology and Asian Studies Summer 2016

This study asks, do class and children’s gender shapes parents’ child-rearing patterns in contemporary China? Furthermore, how does different parenting styles affect the children’s psyche, such as confidence and sense of control? By statistically analyzing quantitative data from Chinese Family Panel Studies, I believe this research can contribute to the current... Read More

The Relationship Between Brain Anatomy and Working Memory in Childhood

Jewelia Yao : Psychology Summer 2019

The human brain is characterized by ridges, or gyri, and indentations, or sulci. Individual differences in sulci have been shown to be related to aspects of cognition, which is important for our everyday functioning. Despite these findings that a) sulci develop and b) individual differences in sulci are linked to cognition in adults, no study has yet examined the... Read More

Exploring Belief: Conversion and Deconversion in the Mormon Church

Emma Yataco : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2019

This year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced a worldwide membership of more than 16 million followers and growing. Their proselytizing efforts can be seen by the thousands of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 that devote 1.5 to 2 years of missionary service all over the world. These... Read More

When Bacteria Get "Good" - Purity, Progress, and the Making of Probiotics

Allison Yates : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Food and the Body Summer 2013

Probiotics, microorganisms known to benefit their host, appear in curious sites: from the projected $23 billion dollar market involving upper-middle class white women searching for perfect intestinal balance  - to the international struggle to treat infant mortality in the ‘third world’. My research will investigate the manner in which probiotics are discussed in... Read More

The Economic Impact of Immigrants: Housing Prices and Distributional Effects

Moises Yi : Economics Summer 2007

This project will deal with the economic implications of the most recent waves of immigration to the U.S. (1970-2000). Specifically, this study will focus on the impact on housing prices immigrants have by looking at the evolution of real estate prices in the 40 cities with the highest immigration rates in the country. During this summer, I will work on gathering... Read More

Are You Black Enough?: Constructing Black Identity through Film from Melvin Van Peebles to Albert and Allen Hughes

Susan Soojin Yi : English Summer 2007

The representation of any minority group in film or television often results in a heated debate regarding either the film or television show's reinforcement of negative stereotypes or its "white washing" of the group's identity. With my research project, I intend to explore this polarizing argument within the construction of black identity by black filmmakers... Read More

Islamic Feminism: An Alternative Path of Gender Development in Iran?

Parastou Youssefi-Behnam : Development Studies Summer 2003

Are We Understanding College Predispositions in Oakland Youth? A Case Study of College Track

Katherine Zepeda-Arreola : Social Welfare, African American Studies (minor) Summer 2012

The disparity in earnings between students with and without a college degree has been growing for the past twenty-five years, and has become pivotal in determining the future stability of the nation’s youth. Through this research project, I will explore the college predispositions of low-income students of color recently accepted in College Track, an after school... Read More

Botswanan Diamonds, Enclave Production, and the Political Economy of Resource-Led Development

Nan Zhang : Economics, Political Science Summer 2006

A common consensus in the political economy of development literature holds that countries whose production depends overwhelmingly on primary resources &Mac246; oil, diamonds, minerals &Mac246; tend to grow more slowly than their resource scarce neighbors, and also often fall victim to insidious politics and state weakness. In stark contrast to this consensus... Read More

The Cognitive Processes Underlying Modal Reasoning

Cedegao Zhang : Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Philosophy Summer 2020

My research project investigates the cognitive processes underlying people’s modal reasoning. Modal reasoning concerns the possibility and probability of events. It is linguistically expressed by modal words such as “certainly,” “probably,” and “might.” As an example, if you see a person running on the street, you can reason about the scene and infer that he or... Read More

The Competing Goals of Visual Accuracy and Visual Stability

Kathy Zhang : Psychology Summer 2016

The visual system’s astounding ability to create a stable view of the world around us is critical to our everyday experiences, helping us process what would otherwise be a visually chaotic world. One proposed mechanism for such remarkable perceptual stability is a phenomenon known as serial dependence in visual perception, which is thought to facilitate a systematic... Read More

Online Linguistic Violence in Contemporary China

Jiaqian Zhu : Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages & Cultures Summer 2017

Through this research, I want to find out how we should understand a social phenomenon of vehement linguistic violence on China’s main social media sites as well as a newly-emerging netizen group “keyboard warrior” in the society. How does keyboard warriors’ collective action of expressing aggression against others produce a new form of youth culture or pop culture in... Read More

Redefining Worker Identity in the 1920s

Carolyn Zola : History Summer 2014

From 1923 to 1929, a period characterized by economic prosperity in the United States, Mather and Company created and distributed hundreds of motivational workplace posters that were hung in offices and factories across the country. Covering a broad range of topics, the posters sought not only to inform workers on matters related to workplace safety but also to... Read More