My name is Robert Aubrey Webb, and my senior project involves an analysis and response to the psychological effects of car crashes. Car crashes are well known to cause various physical injuries, but the mental effects are far more subtle and less considered in the general public sphere. The purpose of this project is to undergo research that involves identifying these effects, bringing them together in a complete analysis, and potentially proposing a new solution or insight related towards treatment of survivors after a crash. I was inspired to pursue this project primarily because I was actually in a car accident last summer, and while I wasn’t severely hurt, I noticed several subtle changes in my mannerisms when riding in a car. I noticed an urge for more leg space, straighter posture, and a greater awareness of my surroundings, especially for a few weeks after the accident. Additionally, I continued to relive the events in my mind during those first weeks.
To facilitate this, I will be participating in an internship that involves horse therapy at a business called Equibliss. Their procedure involves working with horses to help patients deal with trauma or other psychological conditions to better their lives. With this internship, I plan on learning more about the field of therapy while coupling it with my research to complete my analysis of the psychological effects of car crashes.