Term of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Joshua L. Williams

Committee Member 1

Wendy Wolfe

Committee Member 2

Nicolette Rickert


In recent years there has been a significant uptick in people expressing feelings of being burnt out. Many studies have looked at burnout in other students, such as college athletes, but none have looked at the true freshman first-year student. This study applied this intervention to a group of first-year college students to examine the impact of making gratitude lists on feelings of burnout. When comparing a control group that did not engage in gratitude list making, there was no statistically significant difference in feelings of burnout. However, correlation analyses revealed connections between gratitude and burnout variables that may lay a foundation for future research.

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