Undergraduate Journal of Psychology

The purpose of the Undergraduate Journal of Psychology (UJOP) is simple: Encourage, support, and facilitate engagement in science and disseminate exceptional undergraduate research.

UJOP is a refereed, open-access journal, open to undergraduate students across the U.S. and around the globe. The journal is dedicated to publishing original, student-authored manuscripts. With nearly 30 volumes published since 1987, the Undergraduate Journal of Psychology (UJOP) is the oldest scholarly-reviewed undergraduate journal of Psychology in the U.S.

UJOP offers undergraduate students an opportunity to receive recognition for their engagement in scientific discovery. Authors can submit various types of articles for submission, provided articles report on timely topics in Psychology or Psychology-related fields. Interdisciplinary work is greatly valued and encouraged! Each manuscript makes a valuable contribution to science.

  • Empirical Research:  Report on a novel study or series of studies performed by the author, which investigates a specific hypothesis or set of hypotheses. Undergraduate authors get to share the results of their hard work with the rest of the world!
  • Literature Reviews: Authors go beyond simply rehashing a particular study or opinion; they show us loose ends in the research and provoke interest in new questions! The key is to consolidate research on a specific topic and present the bigger picture of what has been accomplished and where the research is headed.
  • Hot Topics:  Undergraduate authors are tasked with thinking outside the box and bringing the general public into the scientific conversation. Authors summarize an interesting area of research, an ongoing research debate, or a significant scientific contribution. Most importantly, "Hot Topics" articles make scholarly research more accessible and approachable. The key is to translate scientific concepts into something meaningful and understandable for an audience of non-scientists!

UJOP also offers an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to become fully immersed in the production of science. Not only is UJOP a top publishing outlet for exceptional undergraduate research, but students actively engage in the peer-review process by being reviewers themselves. We value and promote a whole community approach to the review process, in which authors and their faculty supervisors join our existing community of peer and expert reviewers to reciprocate constructive feedback. The result: Better research, better researchers, and better science!


Ongoing submissions: All undergraduate students are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via our Open Journal System. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a constructive peer-reviewed journal process and get your work published! Students may be asked to make editorial changes deemed necessary by the review committee. Please visit our submission page for additional details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UJOP Editor, Dr. Sara Levens at slevens@uncc.edu. Please be sure to reference UJOP in the subject line.

A Journal of the Psychology Department of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

CURRENT ISSUE: Table of Contents

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Vol 30, No 1 (2018)

Table of Contents

Empirical Research

Katarzyna Brimo
Pages 1 to 11
Alayna Brooke Sheffield, Judy Orton Grissett
Pages 12 to 21
Osly Galobardi, Sara Levens
Pages 22 to 35

Literature Reviews

Rachel Andes
Pages 36 to 42
Laurel Peacock
Pages 43 to 50