Dr. Jennifer Barnes
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
I used an anonymous online survey to investigate the association between lifetime exposure to Romantic Fiction and endorsement of unrealistic relationship beliefs. Contrary to my hypothesis, I found that participants who had more lifetime exposure to Romantic Fiction were less likely to endorse the belief that Mindreading is Expected. That is, these participants were less likely to believe that romantic partners should be easily able to know what they were thinking and feeling without having to verbally communicate.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students:
Results that are the opposite of your hypothesis can be even more interesting!
Awards and/or presentations:
2016 OU Vice-President for Research Award for Best Social Science and Humanities Research Poster Presentation at Undergraduate Research Day for “The Impact of Reading Romance on the Expectation of Mindreading from a Romantic Partner”