About Michelle

I graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in sociology and communication. During my undergraduate education, I became interested in how we perceive our social environment and how that perception affects our thoughts and behaviors. However, with each new theory and concept I learned, I was always bothered by the same question: should we expect similar effects for people with different life experiences, traits, and motivations? The idea that two people experiencing the exact same situation could show vastly different perceptions and behaviors was fascinating to me. This interest in individual differences led me to the health/social psychology graduate program at North Dakota State University where I am currently studying how personality influences perception, social interaction, and health behavior.

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