Kevin L. Kenney
Advisor: Dr. Gary Brase
Description of Research
My research interests lie primarily at the intersection of judgment and decision making and evolutionary psychology. I am interested in decision theories with strong ties to the theory of evolution by natural selection, including foraging theory and tri- reference point theory. Currently, I am investigating the effects that reference points have on the amount of risk that people are willing to take when making a decision. In terms of foraging theory, when would someone “forage” in an area where they receive a small reward with certainty versus an area where they have a smaller chance to receive a large reward? I am interested in how these choices change when minimum requirement, current “wealth”, and goal to reach are manipulated.
Kenney, K. L., & Hill, W. T. (in press). Uncertainty and heuristics. In E. Stocks (Ed.), Gale Researcher. Independence, KY: Cengage Learning.
Kenney, K. L. (2016). Risky choice decisions from a tri-reference point perspective. ALJ in Student Research, 4.
Kenney, K. L. (2016). Effects of product color on purchase likelihoods. Presented at Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention, Kearney, NE.
Kenney, K. L., Armijo, A. J., & Bonds-Raacke, J. (2015). Improving application and interview skills. Presented at Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Salina, KS.
Kenney, K. L., & Hill, W. T. (2015). Time pressure, risk sensitivity, and mate value: An evolutionary perspective on decisions under risk. Presented at John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day, Hays, KS.
Armijo, A. J., Windholz, K., Bonds-Raacke, J. M., & Kenney, K. L. (2015). Open educational resources: Engaging students and reducing costs. Presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), Wichita, KS.
Kenney, K. L., & Hill, W. T. (2014). Consideration of multiple reference points in a single decision task. Presented at Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas (PERK), Hays, KS.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fort Hays State University, Fall 2014-Spring 2016
Applied Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences (virtual)
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Outstanding GTA Award, Fort Hays State University, Spring 2015
Outstanding GTA Award, Fort Hays State University, Spring 2016
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University, Fall 2016-Present
MS, Experimental Psychology, 2016, at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
MS Thesis title: Creating a more ecologically valid decision task.
*Outstanding Thesis/Field Study Award, Fort Hays State University, Spring 2016
BS, Psychology, 2013, at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Office: BH 5108