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Stacy Eltiti

Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Essex, United Kingdom
  • M.A., California State University, San Bernardino
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach

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Dr. Eltiti is interested in the ways in which emotional states can affect different cognitive processes. Levels of anxiety are associated with attentional biases, while depression has been associated with memory biases. For example, highly anxious individuals take longer to disengage their attention from threatening stimuli, such as an angry face, compared to non-anxious individuals. This failure to rapidly disengage from threatening stimuli may in fact perpetuate elevated levels of anxiety in anxious individuals. She is interested in examining how biblical principles of retraining, such as focusing attention away from threats and onto Christ can be used to help reduce levels of anxiety in highly anxious individuals. She is also interested in examining whether changes in behavioral responses, such as reaction times, correspond with changes in physiological responses, such as ERP (event related potentials) and skin conductance. Dr. Eltiti is also interested in stress interpretation and response. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) is a relatively new environmental illness in which individuals’ believe they suffer negative health effects when exposed to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) such as those produced by cell phones and computers. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that there is no relationship between exposure to EMF and symptoms experienced by EHS sufferers. Dr. Eltiti and her colleagues have been working on an alternative explanation that EHS may be the result of how an individual interprets and reacts to a stressful situation. As Christians, (we-revise word) should interpret events in that same way as God sees them. In addition, the bible gives us strategies for dealing with anxiety and stress (e.g. Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4: 6-8). She is interested in examining how Christian’s interpret and deal with stressful situations and the effectiveness of utilizing biblical strategies in the reduction of stress in our daily lives and in the face of major life events. Dr. Eltiti is also interesting in examining how EHS individuals develop and maintain strong belief systems that their health problems are related to EMF exposure. Also, how do EHS individual compare to other clinical groups, such as individual with medically unexplained syndromes for example, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome.

Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science (Member)

Publications

  • Eltiti, S., Wallace, D. Ridgewell, A., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., & Fox, E. (Submitted). “The impact of short-term exposure to mobile phone base stations on cognitive functioning in individuals who report sensitivity to electromagnetic fields and controls”. Bioelectromagnetics.
  • Eltiti, S. (2008). “Do mobile phone signals harm our health?Catalyst, 18, 4-6.
  • Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Ridgewell, A., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Sepulveda, F., Mireshekar-Syahkal, R., Rasor, P., Deeble, R., & Fox, E. (2007). “Does short-term exposure to mobile phone base station signals increase symptoms in electrically sensitive individuals? A double-blind randomized provocation study”. Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(11), 1603-1608.
  • Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Joseph, S., Rasor, P., & Fox, E. (2007). “Development and Evaluation of the Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Questionnaire”. Bioelectromagnetics, 28(2), 137-151.
  • Eltiti, S., Wallace, D., & Fox, E. (2005). “Selective Target Processing: Perceptual Load or Distractor Salience?Perception and Psychophysics, 67(5), 876-885).
  • Georgiou, G., Bleakley, C., Hayward, J., Russo, R., Dutton, K., Eltiti, S., & Fox, E. (2005). “Focusing on Fear: Attentional Disengagement from Emotional Faces”. Visual Cognition, 12(1), 145-158.

Presentations

  • Eltiti, S., Fox, E., Keal, D., Zougkou, K., Russo, R., Mirshekar, D., Sepulveda, F., Joseph, S., Rasor, P., Deeble, R. (2004). “Is There a Relationship Between Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and multiple Chemical Sensitivity?” A poster presented at the WHO International Seminar and Work Group Meeting on EMF Hypersensitivity.
  • Fox, E., Russo, R., & Eltiti, S. (2004). “The Role of Anxiety in Determining the Detection and Disengagement of Attention from Angry Facial Expressions.” A paper presented at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 34th Annual Conference.
  • Eltiti, S. & Fox, E. (2003). “Perceptual Group and Selective Target Processing.” A poster presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology XIII: Granada, Spain.
  • Georgio, G., Fox, E., Russo, R., & Eltiti, S. (2003). “Focusing on Fear: Attentional Disengagement from Emotional Faces.” A paper presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology XIII: Granada, Spain.
  • Fox, E., Russo, R., Georgio, G., & Eltiti, S. (2003). “Attentional Bias Towards Threatening Facial Expressions: the Role of Anxiety.” A paper presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology XIII: Granada, Spain.
  • Eltiti (née Phelps), S. & Fox, E. (2003). “Selective Target Processing and Perceptual Load.” A paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society: Exeter Meeting.
  • Phelps, S. & Fox, E. (2001). “Further Investigation into the Perceptual Load Theory Utilizing Interference and Negative Priming.” A paper presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology XII: Edinburgh, UK.