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Sue Frantz
As of this writing, Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer has won 24 games for a total of $1,867,142.00. A lot of people are wondering how he has done it.   The next time you cover memory in Intro, ask your students to work in pairs or small groups to use what they learned in the memory chapter to guess at some strategies Holzhauer has used to… (Show more)
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Alanna Smith
I-14 Teaching Sex and Gender during a #Metoo! #Timesup! Moment   Moments in history transform the conversation of our classrooms. MeToo! TimesUp! and other societal shifts are making issues of sex and gender essential for psychology classrooms today. This poster will offer insights into engaging students in civil and meaningful discourse on…
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David Myers
Part of my text-writing pleasure is interjecting playful thoughts and tongue-in-cheek one-liners that students seem to enjoy: “Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?” (If I don’t enjoy writing—assuming psychology teaching can offer both wisdom and wit—then who will enjoy reading?)   As part of my, um, “executive time,” I occasionally visit Reddit’s… (Show more)
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Alanna Smith
APS Focus Group: Psychology of Sex and Gender  We will be sharing with you aspects of the text and media. If you currently teach the Psychology of Gender course, we would welcome your feedback.  The focus group will be held at one of the conference hotels. No prior preparation is required for this event.  Breakfast will be provided. We are also…
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Sue Frantz
One of the many things I love about teaching psychology is that I can learn something new about the field—about our humanness—just about anywhere. I am currently reading Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek (2019), a science writer and bone geek. Exploring the origins of our bones, this book is a fascinating history. Any history that starts a few hundred… (Show more)
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David Myers
“Self-consciousness [exists] in contrast with an ‘other,’ a something which is not the self.” ——C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 1940   We are, always and everywhere, self-conscious of how we differ. Search your memory for a social situation in which you were the only person of your gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or body type. Perhaps… (Show more)
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Sue Frantz
This one is a challenge. I’ve taught in community colleges for almost 30 years. For the first half of my career, a lot of my students were older than me, and they were pretty stressed about taking their first college class. I decided early on that I would encourage my students to call me by my first name. Some time in the last 10 years I noticed… (Show more)
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David Myers
Click to view contentIt’s a core lesson of introductory psychology: Intergroup contact reduces prejudice (especially friendly, equal-status contact). As hundreds of studies show, attitudes—of White folks toward Black folks, of straight folks toward gay folks, and of natives toward immigrants—are influenced not just by what we know but also by whom we know. Prejudice… (Show more)
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David Myers
Click to view contentThere’s bad news and good news about Americans’ race relations and attitudes.   The bad news: People perceive race relations as worsening. In a 2019 Pew survey of 6637 Americans, 58 percent said that U.S. race relations are now “generally bad,” and 69 percent of those folks saw race relations as “getting worse.” The Trump effect? In the same… (Show more)
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