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David Myers
If you have watched a 2019 Democratic Party debate, you perhaps have taken note: While Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker glide smoothly through their spoken words, Joe Biden sometimes hesitates, stammers, and stumbles. Is he just less mentally agile than his more lucid counterparts?   Perhaps we should cut him some slack,… (Show more)
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Alanna Smith
Tune in on Monday, November 25th, to hear Worth author Kathleen Stassen Berger on the Frankie Boyer Show.  She will be calling in at 11:46 ET to discuss her new book Grandmothering: Building Strong Ties with Every Generation. You can listen on the Frankie Boyer Show livestream.
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David Myers
Click to view contentBill Gates wants people he hires to read two of his favorite books: The Better Angels of Our Nature, by psychologist Steven Pinker, and Factfulness by the late Hans Rosling.   I, too, have loved these books, which form a complementary pair. Pinker argues—our current malaise notwithstanding—that the world is getting better. World hunger is… (Show more)
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David Myers
Click to view content  “Death is reversible.” So began NYU medical center’s director of Critical Care and Resuscitation Research Science, Sam Parnia, at a recent research consultation on people’s death experiences during and after cardiac resuscitation.   Biologically speaking, he explained, death and cardiac arrest are synonymous. When the heart stops, a person… (Show more)
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David Myers
Click to view contentA tweet from my colleague Jean Twenge—a world-class expert at tracking youth well-being in massive data sets—alerted me to the recently released 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Among its dozens of results, which you can view here, several struck me as worthy of note by high school and college teachers, administrators, and counselors. … (Show more)
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David Myers
Click to view contentPhoto courtesy Virginia Welle   At a recent Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools workshop hosted by Oregon State University, I celebrated and illustrated three sets of big ideas from psychological science. Without further explanation, here is a quick synopsis.   Questions: Which of these would not be on your corresponding lists? And which… (Show more)
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David Myers
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.”   This wisdom, often attributed to American historian Daniel Boorstin, suggests a sister aphorism: The great enemy of democracy is not ill will, but the illusion of understanding. It is social and political opinion that, even if well-intentioned and sincerely… (Show more)
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Alanna Smith
Visit the Macmillan Booth at the 2019 Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Denver, October 18 and 19th. (Conference Site is here.) See talks by Macmillan Authors at the conference: "High Impact Practices: Deep Learning and Skill Building" Featuring David B. Strohmetz & Natalie J. Ciarocco on Friday, October 18th at 11:00-11:25 am. …
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Sue Frantz
Students appreciate examples that are meaningful to them. How about a little selfie research?   After covering experiments in the Intro Psych research methods chapter, ask students to think about how they would do an experiment to find out if people perceived those who post a lot of selfies to Instagram differently than those who post a lot of… (Show more)
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