VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences honored master's graduate Aidan Flynn '20 MS with its Ingeborg and Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award for his work, "Using Semantic Network Structure to Understand Repetitive Negative Thinking", under the direction of Irene Kan, PhD.
"Aidan designed and executed a study that investigated the underlying memory processes that may contribute to repetitive negative thinking, which refers to the perseverative, unproductive pattern of thought that is commonly observed in individuals with depression and anxiety. His findings provide new insight into the relationship between thought processes and psychological disorders and has important implications for their assessment and treatment," said Dr. Kan.
This award recognizes an outstanding thesis project by a graduating master of science student each year. Flynn is currently a research technician with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.