Nichole Silva

Nichole Silva

I was born in El Paso, Texas and attended Alta Vista Early College High School in which I graduated with an associates of arts first and then a high school diploma. I am currently a senior double majoring in Psychology and Foreign Languages. I have been inducted into three different honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, and Psi Chi International Honor Society. I was the treasurer of Psi Chi International Honor Society for a year. I decided it would be best to step down and give new members the opportunity to take on a leadership role and continue to assist them as a former officer of the organization. In the future I hope to get a PhD in clinical psychology. For fun I like to learn new languages such as French, Navajo and Russian. I enjoy listening to music in foreign languages especially in French, and enjoy going on walks.


Project Description:

I will be mentored by Dr. Fraune. The purpose of this research project is to help create universally-relevant findings related to how group-based emotions (GBE; e.g., pride in the group) affect human-robot teaming. The research will take place in the United States (an individualistic country), Japan, (between individualistic and collectivist), Portugal (a collectivistic country). Considering that collectivistic countries focus on group-based goals, they are more likely to accept conflicting group-based emotions. Because individualistic countries focus more on individual goals, GBE may decrease group identification when they experience negative or conflicting emotions. I will commence working on the cross-cultural group-based emotion project in January and running participants in early February as determined by Dr. Fraune.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Attend a conference (without presenting) – Human Robotic Interactions
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Take the GRE before graduating
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars 10 times
  • Complete project


Nichole’s mentor: Dr. Marlene Fraune:

Dr. Marlena R. Fraune received her B.A. in Psychology at Beloit College in 2013, and her PhD at Indiana University in 2018. During her time in the PhD program, she researched the psychology of how to make human-robot more efficient and enjoyable. Dr. Fraune studied intergroup human-robot interaction nationally and abroad, as a visiting researcher at Toyohashi University of Technology (2014, 2016), Bielefeld University (2015), and the United States Air Force Research Lab (2017). She is now an Assistant Professor leading the Intergroup Human-Robot Interaction Lab in the Department of Psychology at New Mexico State University.