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Alexandra Beauchamp

Alexandra Beauchamp

Graduate Student

Porter Hall 311H


B.S. in Human Development from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, May 2012.

Year of Entry

Fall 2012


Experimental Social Psychology


Dr. Kimberly Rios

Research Interests

Her research interests center around social cognition and personality/behavioral changes as a result of interactions with media. This includes both narrative mediums, such as books and online interactions such as discussion forums and online gaming.

Her current focus is on the narrative-experience and relationships between the protagonist and reader. She is also interested in meaning threat, counterfactual-seeking behavior and the "uncanny valley" phenomenon.

Curriculum Vitae

Alexandra Lia Beauchamp

Department of Psychology
Ohio University
200 Porter Hall
Athens, OH   45701


SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, Psychology, 9/08 - 12/09
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Human Devopment, 1/10 – 5/12, B.S.
Ohio University, Athens, OH, Experimental Social Psychology, 9/12- Present


Sept. 2010 – May 2011,
Zoe Klemfuss, Advisor
Examining the validity of childrens’ witness testimony. Also, conducted an experiment focusing on emotion and the impact of self-/other- referencing on memory.

Sept. 2010 – May 2012
Prof. Qi Wang, Advisor
Transcribed and coded data involving cross-cultural differences in children’s first autobiographical memory.

Sept. 2012 – April, 2016    
Prof. Keith Markman, Advisor
Current research includes experience-taking and absorption in narratives, as well as a meaning threat and uncanny valley.


Fall 2011    Cornell: TA for HD1480; Six Pretty Good Books, Created and implemented lesson plans, as well as offering writing help on various class essays. Additionally, was involved in community discussions on the development of a grading scheme and conducted grading of student essays.
Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, OU: PSY2110, Behavioral Statistics, Taught students about statistical theory and concepts, including tests such as chi-square, correlation and ANOVA. Other duties included writing exams and grading projects.
Fall 2015, OU, Guest Lecture PSY1010, Introduction to Psychology, Guest lectured on aspects and theories of social cognition, social norms, and influences of social networks.


Beauchamp, A. L. (2016, November). Perceptions of privacy and privacy violations on social networking sites as a function of personal need for structure and tolerance of ambiguity. Paper submitted for symposium at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Beauchamp, A. L., Dickerhoof, L., & Egington, C. (2015, April). Affect and character engagement: The impact of trait desirability on affect through experience-taking and transportation. Poster presented at Ohio University’s annual Student Research and Creative Activity Exposition, Athens, OH.

Beauchamp, A. L. & Markman, K. D. (2014, February). Perspective-taking in narratives: When the protagonist becomes more like you. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Beauchamp, A. L. & Markman, K. D. (2015, February). Motives for counterfactual-seeking: Negative and unexpected endings elicit interest in learning what would have been. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Beauchamp, A. L. & Markman K. D. (2016, May). The fantasy self: Fictional-world self-concepts influence experience-taking. Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Beauchamp, A. L., Wilkinson, M., Markman, K. D., & Patterson, S. (2016, January). Profile of eeriness: Electrodermal activity and self-report responses to the uncanny valley. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Rayot, J., Wilkinson, M., Beauchamp, A. L., Markman, K. D., & Patterson, S. (2016, February). Greater high-frequency heart rate variability associates with better subjective sleep. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington D.C.

Weed, A. J. & Beauchamp, A. L. (2014, August). Persuasive storytelling in the interactive age: A theoretical model explaining interactivity effects in narrative persuasion. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.


Graduate Student Research Fund ($80.00), 2013
Graduate Travel Grant ($250.00), 2014
Graduate Travel Grant ($250.00), 2015
Graduate Travel Grant ($500.00), 2016


SPSP Poster Reviewer, 2014
GSS Psychology Department Representative, 2014
GSS Graduate Student Life Committee Member, 2014
GSS Health and Safety Committee Member, 2014
Guided undergraduates in the presentation of a poster at OU’s Student Exposition, Spring 2015
GRC Original Works Grant Experimental Representative, 2015-2016


Student of Integrity Award, 2008
AEJMC: Communication Theory and Methodology Division, Top Three Student Paper Award, 2014


Microsoft Office Suite
Adobe Photoshop


Born in Salem, Massachusetts (1990)
Avid Alpine Ski Racer
Member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association

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