Clockwork Case Study: A Personality Assessment of Alex from A Clockwork Orange

Andrea Perez-Munoz

Andrea Perez-Munoz (front right) with other students from the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Andrea Perez-Muñoz (Psychology ’17) is the lead author of “Clockwork Case Study: A Personality Assessment of Alex from A Clockwork Orange,” was published in the Spring issue of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.

The article is based on a term paper Andrea wrote for Dr. Jeff Sable’s PSYC 219 (Personality) course in fall 2014. Andrea said, “I remember thinking this was the most fun I’d had writing a paper, but I never thought it would be published!”

Dr. Sable, who frequently reviews manuscripts under consideration for publication in scientific journals, recalls, “The paper was so thorough and well-written, I thought, ‘This should be published!’ When Andrea submitted it, the reviewers seemed to agree!”

Andrea added, “I think I do my best work when I am genuinely interested in what I am doing. That kind of passion, coupled with my desire to engage in everything I do with a high degree of academic integrity, is my key to success and this publication is just one outcome of living by that rule.”

Dr. Sable believes Andrea’s success demonstrates the value of hard work in class, stating, “You never know what might come out of something that’s ‘just a class assignment’. What happens in class is as real as you make it.”

The full issue, including Andrea’s article, is now freely available online.