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    Masters Thesis
    Erica Walker
    In everyday life, consciousness appears to be insulated from external control. Processes such as decision making seem voluntary. However, recent theories propose that consciousness operates automatically in a manner resembling a reflex. To investigate . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Robin Clinton Crawford
    I am enchanted by the reliable magic of abstract painting. My children have been embarrassed when, at a public gallery, I would take their hands and stand directly in front of a painting that is chaotic with color, then slowly back away with them unti . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Alexander J. Cook
    Stimulus-driven capture of attention has been used extensively in visual search tasks to examine the automatic deployment of attention. Few studies have examined the attention capture ability of salient singletons when the task requires the participan . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Melissa Thea Valk
    This thesis dissects the role of melancholic imagery and religion in Alfred Tennyson’s poetry, with a special focus on his magnum opus, In Memoriam A.H.H (1850) and how the use of melancholy and religion act as rhetorical tropes in conveying the depth . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Nikolas Paul Bunton
    The aim of this thesis is to explore and analyze David Lynch’s films noir through a psychoanalytic lens, predominantly employing Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theories to dissect and explicate these films. This thesis defines and explores wha . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Dasha Bulatova
    Gorge consists of poetry, prose poetry, and experimental/hybrid-genre pieces that explore obsession, trauma, and memory through personal and historical lenses. A loose narrative framework centers around the archetype of “Mudman,” an anti-hero whose . . .
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    Dissertation
    Crystal O. Wong
    First-generation college students make up more than one-third of the California State University population, but more than 23% drop out in the first year. Yet little is known about their first-year experiences. Most institutions rely on the National . . .
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    Dissertation
    D ’Andrea Nicole Robinson
    This dissertation examines the implementation of a curricular intervention for directly addressing oppressive practices in the American public education system by implementing inclusive, culturally relevant curriculum content based in Black feminist p . . .
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    Dissertation
    Francisco Orlando Castillo
    The passage of Senate Bill 1440 was meant to strengthen the pipeline from a California Community College to a California State University. This study analyzed how AS-T in Business Administration earners and non-AS-T in Business Administration earners . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Paul Christian Dunn
    Incident solar radiation (insolation) passing through the forest canopy to the ground surface is either absorbed or scattered. This phenomenon is known as attenuation and is measured in forest ecology using the extinction coefficient (K). The effect o . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Savvides, Michael Roger
    The proliferation of Information and Communications Technologies is a gamechanger for international relations, and the classical theories are not suited for application in cyber studies. The current literature on cyber studies, is fragmented, and lack . . .
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    Thesis
    DeMaiolo, James F.
    Through Gogol’s Satirical Eye examines in detail four productions of The Inspector General. The productions include the premiere of Gogol’s play in 1836, Meyerhold’s 1926 production, Evreinov’s satire on the play and directors of the time, and Peter S . . .
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    Thesis
    Rashty, Josef
    My thesis will argue that the best form of corporate governance is a democratic system in which employees can be heard whenever their beliefs come into opposition with those o f their employers. It will also argue that employees have a responsibility . . .
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    Thesis
    Selzer, Mark Albert
    Plato’s dialogues lack a complete account of dialectic as a philosophic method. To contribute to such an account, I show how dialectic is a process of ethical cultivation and an ethical way of life. I argue that there are three distinct forms of Plato . . .
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    Thesis
    Alunāns, Aleksandrs Yano
    In this thesis, I aim to demonstrate how I believe that Friedrich Nietzsche can in fact be viewed as a supporter of a virtue ethic in the Aristotelian tradition, using similarities with the theories of Mengzi, or Mencius, to show that this is plausibl . . .
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    Henderson, Brien Kenneth
    This is a musical composition which demonstrates my artistic development over the course of the master’s program and reflects on issues of finding norms in an increasingly diffuse musical landscape while also creating a link to musical tradition. The . . .
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    Zalewska, Maria
    This thesis is an attempt to analyze the shift in Polish and German cinema’s respective approaches to the historical narrative of WWII and the Holocaust. It deals with concepts of post-1989 national identity and the politics of film/cultural memory re . . .
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    Thesis
    Marquez, Christina Maria
    While there is a positive relationship between self-compassion and compassion toward others (Crocker & Canevello, 2008; Gilbert, McEwan, Matos, & Rivis, 2011), the extent of the relationship between the two variables has not often been investigated. R . . .
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    Gilbert, Brandilyn Judith
    From victimization literature, it is known that victims are often selected because they display nonverbal signals that flag them as easy prey. With the established knowledge that bullies are driven by the urge to dominate, it stands to reason that non . . .
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    Dissertation
    Bachechi, Brenda S.
    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between teacher efficacy and attitudes of elementary and middle school (k-8), general education teachers towards teaching learning disabled, emotionally and behavioral disabled, and significant . . .