• A video to introduce a discussion about gender

    A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about how to use The Gender Unicorn to help students understand the differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, physical attraction, and emoti...
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  • Grim News, Good News, and Gendered News from Today’s Teens

    What are today’s U.S. teens feeling and doing? And how do they differ from the teens of a decade ago?   A new Pew Research Center survey of nearly a thousand 13- to 17-year-olds offers both troubling and ...
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  • LGBT experiences in prison

    Do you cover transgender and sexual orientation issues in your psychology courses? Before or after your coverage, ask students where incarcerated transgender people should be housed. Should they be housed based on the...
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  • Teen + Gay + Harassment = Risk of Depression?

    The teen years are, for many, a time of rewarding friendships, noble idealism (think Parkland), and an expanding vision for life’s possibilities. But for others, especially those who vary from teen norms, life c...
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  • Our Perception of Sex

    Perceptual illusions are not only great fun, they also remind us of a basic truth: Our perceptions are more than projections of the world into our brain. As our brains assemble sensory inputs they construct our percep...
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  • Gender and Depression Across the World—and Across Ages

    As y’all know, females and males are mostly alike—in overall intelligence, in physiology, and in how we perceive, learn, and remember. All but one of our chromosomes is unisex. Yet gender differences in ma...
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  • What non-psychology books would you recommend for psych majors?

    One of the great joys of attending conferences – in this case, the American Psychological Association convention – is the conversations with both new and old friends. This morning I had breakfast with Lind...
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  • Women, Interrupted

    In Psychology, 11th Edition, Nathan DeWall and I report that “In everyday behavior, men tend to act as powerful people often do: talking assertively, interrupting, initiating touches, and staring.” Women t...
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  • Helping students understand the dimensions of gender, sex, and attraction: The gender unicorn

    On the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Facebook page, Cait Alice was asking for advice on how to handle a student’s misconception of how gender works. Allison Matthews recommended the gender unicorn creat...
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  • Are Parental Hopes Gender Neutral? Ask Google

    Originally posted on October 21, 2014.   Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uses aggregate data from Google to see if parents’ hopes for their children are gender-neutral. He reports that, actually, many parents seem...
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  • Is My Professor "Smart" or "Sweet"? The Answer Depends on...

    Originally posted on February 9, 2015.   Northeastern University history professor Benjamin Schmidt is making waves, after harvesting 14 million student reviews from “Rate My Professor.”  He off...
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  • Diversity in Human Sexuality

    Originally posted on June 16, 2015.   I was alerted, by this article in Nature, to a new report on sexual orientation from the Academy of Science of South Africa.  The report is state of the art.  It&#...
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  • Asexuals—The Unnoticed Sexual Minority

    Originally posted on July 28, 2015.   Sherlock Holmes famously solved the “Silver Blaze” case by noticing what no one else had—the dog that didn’t bark. What grabs our attention is seldom...
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  • Two Things You Might Not Know About Infidelity

    Originally posted on April 23, 2014.   When we select a romantic partner, we want to know the good and the bad. Is he nice? Will she make me laugh? Getting to know the good isn’t too difficult. A first date...
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  • Scent of a Man Leads to Stress

    Originally posted on May 15, 2014.   Each day we face stressors. Our pets get sick, lightning strikes the office, or we miss loved ones. New research identified another stressor lurking in our midst: men. This r...
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  • Does Having More Men Stress a Society?

    Originally posted on May 16, 2014.   Being around men increases stress. Do countries with more man than women have higher stress levels? In my last post, I promised to answer this question. But it’s a harde...
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  • Do You Know Attractiveness When You See It?

    Originally posted on August 28, 2014.   When your friend tells you about her terrific first date, you will eventually ask the question. You might stall by inquiring about the food she ate, the jokes he told, and ...
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  • Does Your "Gender Profile" Include Your Race?

    Originally posted on June 11, 2015.   It won’t surprise you to learn that your perceived gender, inferred from your biological sex, may lead people to stereotype you as best suited for masculine- or femini...
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  • Nature, Nurture, and Sexual Orientation

    Originally posted on June 8, 2016.   Our personal assumptions matter, often by influencing our attitudes and public policies. Here’s an example:   If you see same-sex attraction as a lifestyle choice...
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  • Social issues in the classroom: Ideas for activities

    As a psychology instructor it is clear to you the myriad ways in which psychology can be used to both understand social issues and speak to solutions. In fact, the APA Guidelines for the Major (2013; see below) encour...
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