Mentor:Dr. Daniel Taylor
Research Topic:Effects of Class Start Time and Circadian Preference on Academic Performance
Abstract:Research shows that students with a morning circadian preference tend to have better academic performance than students with an evening circadian preference. The goal of this study was to determine if class start time moderates the effect of evening circadian preference on academic performance. Data was collected from 1,032 undergraduate students at the University of North Texas using a questionnaire. It was expected that evening-type students would show worse academic performance overall, but that academic performance would be better for students whose class start time was later (i.e., matched their circadian preference). The findings supported the hypothesis that students with evening circadian preference would have lower academic performance than those with morning circadian preference, but not the hypothesis that class time would moderate the effect.
Alma Mater:B.S. Psychology | University of North Texas 2015