Michael E. Battista
The University of Western Ontario
Address Available Upon Request
Ph.D. in Personality Psychology, 2010, The University of Western Ontario
Advisor: Dr. P. A. Vernon
M.Sc. in Personality Psychology, 2006, The University of Western Ontario
Advisor: Dr. P. A. Vernon
B.A. (Honours), With Distinction, 2002, The University of Western Ontario
Thesis Advisor: Dr. R. M. Sorrentino
Ontario Secondary School Diploma, 1998, A. B. Lucas Secondary School
Favourite Teacher: Mrs. Taylor
Battista, M. (2011). Does anyone really like horror movies? Personality and automatic affective reactions to frightening films. PhD dissertation, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Sorrentino, R. M., Seligman, C., & Battista, M. E. (2007). Optimal distinctiveness, values, and uncertainty orientation: Individual differences on perceptions of self and group identity. Self and Identity, 6, 322-339.
Sorrentino, R. M., Blascovich, J., Seery, M., and Battista, M. E. Physiological responses to uncertainty: Threat, challenge, or overmotivation? Manuscript in preparation.
Senior Honours Thesis: Battista, M. E. (2002). The effect of uncertainty orientation and self-focused attention on rational thought. Unpublished honours thesis, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
Battista, M. (2009). Thinking about polar bears. Pseudopod, 141 (Flash on the Borderlands I, Story 2), May 8, 2009.
Various publications about business technology (mobility, consumerization, BYOD, etc.), published at Info-Tech Research Group (see search results here), 2010 – present.
Battista, M. E. (2008, June). The relationship between geomagnetic activity and human performance. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
Battista, M. E. (2002, April). The effect of uncertainty orientation and self-focused attention on rational thought. Senior honours thesis presented at annual UWO thesis poster session, London, ON.
Work / Research Experience
Research Analyst, 2010 – present
I research and write about technology, specializing in mobility and the consumerization of business IT.
Teaching Assistant for Psychology 280E, Research Methods, 2007
Taught the lab portion, which is an entirely separate course from the classroom portion.
Teaching Assistant for Psychology 282E, Research Methods and Statistics, 2004, 2005, and 2006
Taught the lab portion of the course.
Research Assistant for Dr. Richard Sorrentino, The University of Western Ontario, 2002 – 2006
Responsible for many aspects of designing, running, analyzing, and publishing experimental psychology research.
Research Assistant for Dr. Clive Seligman, The University of Western Ontario, 2002-2003
Researched hiring practices of university administration, performed literature searches, and assisted with research.
Co-Creator of Study Guide for McGraw-Hill Psychology Textbook
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2008
Recommended but not awarded.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Master’s, 2006, The University of Western Ontario
SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Master’s, 2005, The University of Western Ontario
Graduate Student Teaching Award Nomination (for Psychology 282E), 2004
Faculty Dependent Scholarship, 2004 – 2007
Academic Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario, 1999
Awarded for high marks in previous year.
Entrance Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario, 1998
Awarded for high marks in high school.
Principal’s Honour List, A.B. Lucas Secondary School, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998
Awarded for attaining and maintaining an average mark of 80% or higher.
Published writer in various domains: scientific, technical, fiction.
A decade of experience with experimental psychology research using human participants, in the areas of social psychology, personality psychology, psychophysiology, psychometrics, and cognitive psychology.
Extensive experience with SPSS, MATLAB, calculators, paper, and pencils.
Critical thinking, painting, drawing, social media, online publishing, web site design, computer programming, media criticism, and a lot more.
London Regional Cancer Centre, Library Assistant
Created database of historical archives.
The Gazette Student Newspaper, The University of Western Ontario
Wrote review for school paper.
Workshops and Miscellaneous Accomplishments
Leadership Skills Seminar, The University of Western Ontario
London Chamber of Commerce “Partners in Education” Logo Design Workshop
Selected to represent A. B. Lucas Secondary School.
London International Snowfest
Represented A. B. Lucas Secondary School in snow sculpting competition.
Canadian Psychological Association
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
CV Updated February 2013 (but note to self: incomplete; still need to add media appearances, new conferences/talks, etc.)