Browsing Undergraduate Research Day by Author "Ayers, Ryan"
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- ItemEthical issues in the diagnosis of mental illness in children(Southern New Hampshire University, 2014-04-02) Ayers, Ryan; Frost, Peter; Hendery, MichaelIn its current state, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth Edition (DSM-5) (2013) provides relatively little distinction in how to go about the diagnosis of mental disorders in children. The majority of disorders outlined in the DSM-5 concern the diagnosis of older and much more developed individuals (adults and late-teens). A child’s mind works differently than theirs in many ways due to the fact that a child’s mind is still developing and changing; some criteria for a specific diagnosis can actually be present in a completely healthy and developing child. There are however, a small collection mental disorders that are focused primarily on children which have their own set of criteria that is better defined in relation to standard childhood behavior. This is where the ethical issue comes in: If we currently have exceptions for a few specific disorders when diagnosing children, are we not ethically bound to do so across the board? Current practice sees therapists adjusting requirements and compensating for the child’s development with how they see fit; there is no uniform process or research outlined in modern diagnostic literature. This is one of the main causes for the over-diagnosis and misdiagnosis of many disorders in children. If it is understood that early detection and treatment can help a child later in life and that the gap in direction impedes this process which can possibly bring harm to these children, doesn’t it work contrary to the general goal of therapy? It does, and because of this, it is absolutely critical that solutions to this problem are researched and developed. Whether these solutions consist of amendments to the current state of the DSM-5 or an entirely separate manual for child diagnoses, we should be ethically bound to resolving this critical issue. (Author abstract)
- ItemOn intentions and goodness in “Spec Ops: the Line”(Southern New Hampshire University, 2015-04-22) Ayers, Ryan; Berk, KikiJoseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness and its many adaptations approach central themes of madness and the uncertainty of man through a variety of differing settings. Each of these adaptations ask and present the viewer with questions of their own, or from the source, which influence the progression of each respective portrayal. Yager Games' particular rendition, “Spec Ops: The Line,” questions the morality of one's actions in the context of their outcomes in contrast with their intentions. Is the goodness of the character's and player's actions determined solely by their outcome? By their intentions? Or by some combination of both? The questions posed in “Spec Ops” are presented through a series of choices that, while similar in generalized outcome, are vastly different in an emotional context which leads to another philosophical inquiry: Does the character's, and by extension, the player's emotional or psychological state have an influence on the morality an action? What is particularly interesting about this rendition of Conrad's classic is that it does not seek to give its own answers to these questions of morality; rather, it leaves the message up to the interpretation of the player. Unlike a book or a film, a video game of this nature requires the audience to both make these choices themselves and act upon them, making the player ultimately responsible for the events on the screen. This paper will seek to analyze and present a clearer image of morality in terms of the aforementioned factors using the conditions and presentation of “Spec Ops: The Line” as an example of the emotional investment an individual can have during life's many decision points. (Author abstract)
- ItemSNHU University College Undergraduate Research Day: abstracts of student projects [April 2, 2014](Southern New Hampshire University, 2014-03) Cook, Susan; Mitchell, Rebecca; Benjamin, Nicole; Copeland, Samantha; Ayers, Ryan; Call, Kristen; Rea, Jennifer; Friese, Melanie; McPherson, Sarah; Mak, Megan; Klein, Jana; Nystrom, Erik; Colon, Christopher; Gabrione, James; Carlson, Erika; Nistico, Ricky; Wood, Matt; Tobin, Patrick; Richard, Nathan; Harrington, Samuel; Remy, Alyssa; Michaud, Allison; Rodene, Rousseline; Djire, Fatoumata; Messier, Jillian; Wilson, Kyle; Sheridan, Colleen; Bloom, Brittany; Daly, Joseph; Stoughton, Cameron; Thomas, Michaela; Weinstein, Mike; Sivagurunathan, Kartheepan; Kizer, Deanna; Heath, Jenna; Andolina, Theresa; Bergeron, Samantha G.; Aylward, Brieanna; Conley, Devin; Cowels, Michelle; Cox, Mike; Voon Huei Chuah, Jaclyn; Bodi, Evan; Grotton, Bailey; Ferrucci, Adam; Carnell, Kelsey; Brenner, Sarah; Hiltz, James; Dobek, Mark; Toland, Bryan; Gendron, Ryan; Kitsios, Aris; Stitt, Robert; McDevitt, Caryl; Labrie, Alexander; Byas, Ebony; Gambon, Christina; Ewing, Elizabeth; Doe, Samuel; Mancuso, Bethany; Feola, Bianca; Rich, Jaimi; Worth, Elizabeth; Mercieri, Angela; Douglas, Alyssa; Frazier, Alicia; Morin, Kara; Carrigan, Ryan; Casey, Bridgette; Tran, Anh; Reynolds, Casey M.; Perryman, Jenna; Wentworth, Benjamin; Keeler, Bryce; Aliperta, Christen; Baez, Massiel; Miller, Jessica; Laurin, Nathaniel; Kennedy, Sarah; Donovan, Tristan; Dominy, Nicole; Tremblay, Jacquelyn; Bailey, Derek; Drylie, Darci; Campion, Brad; Allen, Cory; Legaspi, Rebekah; Tobin, Patrick; Berube, Brandon; Wallace, Michael; Maccini, Mary; Braun, Jeffrey; Corcoran, Michael; Demetriou, Andreanna; De Redon, Timothy; Fournier, Stephen; Fuller, Samuel; Heichlinger, Sean; Nelson, Trevor; Poirier, Drew; Rocha, Lorreta; Veilleux, Benjamin; Young, Brittany
- ItemSNHU University College Undergraduate Research Day: abstracts of student projects [April 8, 2015](Southern New Hampshire University, 2015-04-08) Cook, Susan; Worth, Elizabeth; Cass, Alyssa R.; Holland, Elizabeth; Palmer, Megan; Bodi, Evan; Mooney, Whitney; Hoffman, Michael; Rocha, Lorreta; Pastorello, Ann; Leafe, Jeremy; Heyman, Brittany; Weinstein, Michael; Veilleux, Benjamin; Collins, Michael; Mitchell, Mariah; Rivera, Anderson; Werth, Elijah; Drylie, Darci; Szelog, Stephen; Ward, Samantha; Easton, Laurelann; Refsdal, Ariana; Perry, Lindsey; Egan, Celia; McDonough, Kelley; Alajmi, Fahad; Alkhuzami, Mohammad; Martin, Tyler; Zahrani, Mohammed; Baylis, Thomas K.; Beretta, Ryan; Walsh, Jackie; Pirozzo, Paul; Guildford, Nathan; Hayward, Justin; Mastromarino, Tyler; Mostanteq, Mohammed; Abu Sag, Faisal; Ryan, Steven; Snider, Joshua; Nesmith, Joshua; Ayers, Ryan; Bylund, Jessica; Hali, Rachael; Sudiaman, Natasha; Coulombe, Mallory; Pearson, Kathryn; Wescott, John; Danis, Megan; LaFoe, Alyssa; Hayes, Kelley; Butler, Amanda; Kump, Hannah; Gancorz, Caitlyn; Harold, Kiara; Pelletier, Kaylie; Collins, Briana; Lafond, Erin; Beebe, Eric; Frazier, Alicia; Anderson, Beth; Balboni, Alyssa; Blanchard, Ashlyn; Capobianco, Jacqueline; Coyne, Molly; Jain, Gregory; Shaughnessy, Kaitiln; Shaw, Karen; Cerasi, Anthony; Dewar, Jennifer; Renaud, Emily; Dupuis, Lindsey; Dutra, Gary; Galella, Christiana; Grotton, Bailey; Grover, Jayna; Hamilton, Sarah; Hilts, Gabryelle; Valdez, Lenny; Kaufold, Jacqueline; Lafrance, Janna; Meoli, Victoria; Michaud, Allison; Mullen, Adam; Murphy, Tyler; Murray, Sarah; Ripley, Dianna; Sabbagh, Katelyn; Douglas, Alyssa; Sayers, Jessica; Sherwood, Rebecca; Soucy, Alexis; Undercofler, Michael; Welch, Kristine; Biggins, Corey