Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Psychology

Advisor(s)

Monica Reis-Bergan

Abstract

Misconceptions about traumatic brain injuries have been seen in the general population since 1988. Previous research has demonstrated that the misconceptions are not limited to geographical area and have been seen in health care professionals. A possible explanation for these misconceptions could be the ineffective transmission of knowledge. The current study examined the effect of an educational intervention on eight misconceptions and their ‘real life’ applications, as well as the general knowledge surrounding traumatic brain injuries. Comparative and absolute risk were also examined. Thirty undergraduate students were given a pre-test consisting of four surveys (misconceptions, application of misconception, general knowledge, and comparative risk), randomly assorted into an educational intervention group (verbal or verbal and written), and then given a post-test consisting of the same surveys. There was a significant time effect for the misconceptions survey. A significant interaction was seen in the general knowledge demonstrating the participant’s capability to learn. Future research is needed to examine why participants endorse particular beliefs.

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