• Classical conditioning: (Some) new examples from FailBlog

    Are you getting tired of your classical conditioning examples? Here are some new ones from FailBlog. You won’t be surprised to see that while the FailBlog post is called “29 people share the Pavlovian (ref...
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  • Examples: Comic strips that illustrate psychological concepts

    Cartoonists have pretty good insight into the workings of the human mind. How many of them took Intro Psych?   These comics will jazz up your next research methods, cognition, personality, learning, and social p...
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  • Sin tax as punishment. Or not. An operant conditioning example

    If you want an entire country, state, province, territory, or city to stop ingesting certain consumables, you tax them. “Sin taxes” are applied to things like alcohol and cigarettes. The goal is to make th...
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  • The intelligence of crows: A short writing assignment 

    Crows are smart. Never underestimate a crow.   Comparative psychology is “the study of nonhuman animal behavior with the dual objective of understanding the behavior for its own sake and furthering the und...
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  • Is distracted parenting a new parenting style?

    At the end of each term, I ask my Intro Psych students for their top ten list of important concepts they learned in the course. Last fall, interestingly, none of my students put parenting styles in their top ten lists...
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    Historical marker for John B. Watson's childhood home in Traveler's Rest, S.C.
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  • Making Things Memorable: How to Study and Learn More Effectively with David G. Myers

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  • Would you risk CTE for your family?

    A young man, raising funds for his high school football team, knocked on the door of a Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) researcher. And not just any CTE researcher: a CTE researcher who looks specifically at tee...
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  • Psychology and DNA: Probability, Not Certainty

    I recently finished Sam Kean’s (2012),  The Violinist’s Thumb the history, the present, and the future of DNA research. Kean writes, “Genes don’t deal in certainties; they deal in probabil...
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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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  • Nathan DeWall on the Science of Self-Control

    Originally posted on Quartz on July 2, 2017.   I'm often asked how I was able to go from inactive academic to participating in invitation-only ultramarathons.  While it's no small feat, the three component...
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  • Relationships: Benefits of Classical Conditioning

    Here’s an interesting example of classical conditioning being applied to help solve a serious problem.   The Military Suicide Research Consortium at Florida State University received a Department of Defens...
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  • Is the Sage on a Stage Finally Being Replaced by a Guide on the Side?

    In Improving How Universities Teach Science: Lessons from the Science Education Initiative, Carl Wieman—a Stanford physicist, Nobel laureate, and Carnegie U.S. University Professor of the Year (but let’s n...
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  • Why do we lie? More operant conditioning examples

    National Geographic gives you 8 different scenarios in which you have (hypothetically) lied. Choose the most likely reason you lied. As a research methods booster have students discuss the validity of this measure ...
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  • May 14, 2017 comic strips to illustrate psych concepts

    One of my favorite sources for examples of psychological concepts are comic strips. Some of them get worked into lectures, others show up on exams, and sometimes I’ll offer them for a couple points extra credit,...
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  • Does Laptop Use Boost or Diminish Classroom Learning?

    In today’s tech world, many students come equipped with laptops for “taking notes.” Actually, as I noted in an earlier blog post, Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer have found that when it comes to r...
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  • Talking about stress? Talk about smartphones

    I confess that for many years in my Intro Psych course I didn’t cover sleep or stress. In retrospect, I’m sorry that I didn’t use that opportunity to give those students that information they could u...
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  • Psychology Community Webinar: Virtual Parenting, Real Interactive Learning: How to Teach with Developing Lives

    3/30/17 2:30 PM
    Register for the WebEx here!    PRESENTED BY Sandra Gilliland   ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM   Worth Publishers' breakthrough interactive resource, Developing Lives, puts each student in the role of parent,...
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  • Psychology Community Webinar: Virtual Parenting, Real Interactive Learning: How to Teach with Developing Lives

    3/29/17 2:00 PM
    Register for the WebEx here!    PRESENTED BY Sandra Gilliland  ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM   Worth Publishers' breakthrough interactive resource, Developing Lives, puts each student in the role of parent, ...
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  • Operant Conditioning Demo: Backpacks and Skittles

    You have likely heard of the classroom demonstration where the students condition the instructor or a student volunteer to do some behavior by clapping (positive reinforcement) whenever the person gets closer to the b...
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