Michael P. Diana


Class of 2019

What research are you doing at Scranton?

I am fortunate enough to have collaborated on research with several psychology faculty, with the majority conducted with Dr. Nolan and Dr. Kuhle. Dr. Nolan and I are investigating the properties of the cognitive spillover effect on normative beliefs. This has been the focus of my research as it will culminate in my honors thesis and hopefully a publication! With Dr. Kuhle, we are examining the short-term and long-term mating preferences of males and females on Tinder. During the lab meetings, we view Tinder profiles and code the pictures and brief biographies provided by the subjects.

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton because of the community atmosphere and the commitment to student success. I declined Division I offers for sports in favor of coming to Scranton. By coming to a Division III school, I can pursue academic endeavors and extracurricular activities. Forever Loyal, Forever Royal!

What do you like about the psychology major? 

My favorite aspect of being a psychology major is learning about human behavior. I am fascinated about why people act the way they do, and the curriculum has answered many of my questions. I genuinely enjoying working with the professors because I can tell they want me to succeed.

What are your extracurricular activities? 

I have been a member of the Scranton Swimming and Diving team since 2016 and will be one of the captains for the upcoming season. I am a participant in the University’s International Service Program, and I spent a week in solidarity with the people of El Salvador. I am also a member of the Psychology Club as well as the treasurer of Psi Chi.

How has the psychology program prepared you for the real world?

You get out what you put into the program. I got involved in research with multiple professors, engaged with my classmates, and joined the psychology student organizations. I know I will be ready for graduate school because of my work and the contributions of the psychology professors. Scranton has prepared me well!