Honors Fellowships

Leigh Gayle

Name: Leigh Gayle
Title of Project:
The Effect of Social Stimuli on the Visual Mismatch Negativity Paradigm in Autism
Advisor: Paul Kieffaber
Honors Department: Psychology

This research will look at how social stimuli affect the brain’s response to change in autistic verses non-autistic individuals. This research is important because it will further current knowledge about how autism effects the brain and increase our understanding of this prevalent disorder. The honors fellowship is important to my research because it will allow me to have more participants for my study and design a better, more sophisticated experiment.

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Major: Psychology
Future Plans: I intend to apply to doctoral programs and earn my Ph.D. in either clinical or cognitive psychology.
Campus Activities: I am a peer advisor and a member of the cognitive psychophysiology lab in the psychology department. I am also a member of the international coalition of college philanthropists chapter on campus.
Hobbies: I am a sisterhood chair of Chi Omega, and I volunteer at Avalon.
Fun Fact: I enjoy traveling and aspire to live abroad, preferably in Italy.

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