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Study of Cognition, Contradictions, and  Misconceptions

The Study of Cognition, Contradictions, and Misconceptions (SCCAM) Lab is a (cognitively focused) psychology lab affiliated with the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Indianapolis. The faculty advisor is Dr. Candice Burkett, an assistant professor in the department. Broadly speaking, we are interested in higher order cognitive processes that occur while engaging with textual and multi-media materials. Most of our projects involve the study of contradictory material and misconceptions in different topic areas. Specifically, we study under what conditions people attend to contradictory material between multiple sources and what cognitive processes are involved in both detecting and “resolving” contradictory material. In addition, we study the presence of, and processes involved in overcoming misconceptions about psychological phenomena.


Meet The Current Lab Members


Jezalyn Hyzer

Research Interests: Processing and multi-tasking for neurodivergent individuals, with an emphasis on individuals with ADHD.


Paisley McFarland

Research Interests: Identifying and combatting neuromyths about ASD as well as investigating the relationship between ASD-based neuromyths and behavioral indicators of bias. 


Abigail Slaughter

Research Interests: I am interested in studying paradigms and cognitive dissonance and how they relate to the business world, such as marketing and advertising tactics.

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Melia Trimmer

Research Interests: The role of mistranslations in game plot comprehension and gaming experiences.


Nicholas Wood

Research Interests: Consciousness, Dreams, Psychedelic Therapies. Neurodegenerative Diseases, Substance Abuse


Samantha Leander

Research Interests: 

Comprehension of food labels, food label allergy warning efficacy, the role of risk taking in food-based decisions for individuals with food allergies.

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Elizabeth Brookover

Research Interests: 

Identification, predictors, and reduction of statistics anxiety for undergraduate students.


Thomas Largent

Research Interests:  I am currently interested in how stigma can affect perceptions of mental health disorders, specifically desired social distance and perceived chronicity. My past research experience includes a program evaluation in which we used CQR-C. Current research initiatives are looking into stigma (desired social distance and perceived chronicity) in schizophrenia and depression, as well as my work with the SCCAM lab.

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Mya (Pryce) Rodriguez

Research Interests: Linguistic analysis of character development for fictional characters in popular media.


Amaya Stowers

Research Interests: I am most interested in learning more about how we can make higher education a better community for learning, engagement, and connection. Current projects include investigating faulty perceptions of students with mental health concerns and undergraduate perceptions of text/graph contradictions.


Sydnee Widmann

Research Interests: The impacts of true crime media consumption on memory for crime-based events.

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Tara Wrobel

Research Interests: 

Behavioral Issues & Behavior Management, Mental Health & Influential Factors, Psychological Misconceptions & Stigma, Ethical Practices in Research & Treatment, Benefits & Risks of Psychological Treatments, Virtual Evaluation & Treatment, Barriers to Treatment, Relationships of Common Comorbidities in Psychological Diagnoses


Dailyn Burks

Research Interests: 

Detection of and behavioral indicators of lying and bullshit as well as the role of lying and bullshit in peer relationships.

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