• When it Pays to Zap the Brain?

    Originally posted on May 29, 2014.   How would you like to increase your brainpower? All you need is a 9-volt battery, some mad scientists, and a heaping portion of creativity. So says a slew of recent studies us...
    Nathan DeWall
    last modified by Nathan DeWall
  • How Your Brain Makes Reading Easy

    Originally posted on April 16, 2015.   Our brains are amazing. I am endlessly fascinated by how the brain works. In nearly every interview I do, the reporter asks, “What part of the brain lights up when tha...
    Nathan DeWall
    last modified by Nathan DeWall
  • Catching Terrorists with "Behavior Detection"?

    Originally posted on April 8, 2014.   An editorial in yesterday’s New York Times questioned the nearly $1 billion the U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has invested in training and employing ...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • If Consciousness Arrives Late to the Decision-Making Party, Is Free Will an Illusion?

    Originally posted on July 1, 2014.   In all of recent psychological science, there has been, to my mind, no more provocative studies those by Benjamin Libet.  His experiments have seemingly shown that when ...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • Questioning Big Round Numbers: The Brain has How Many Neurons?

    Originally posted on July 15, 2014.   Most of us have read over and again that the human brain has 100 billion neurons.  With no source but legend for that big round number—and not wanting merely to e...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • Following Lives Through Time

    Originally posted on July 24, 2014.   Some recent naturalistic observations illustrated for me the results of longitudinal studies of human development—studies that follow lives across time, noting our capa...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • How to Be Productive: Preserve Your Energy for What Matters

    Originally September 7, 2014.   My wife loves me, despite smirking that I am “boringly predictable.”  Every day, I go to bed at pretty much the same time, rise at the same time, pull on my khaki ...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • More Data Bites: Quick News You Can Use - June 30, 2015

    Originally posted on June 30, 2015.   From the daily information stream that flows across my desk or up my computer screen, here is a recent new flashes:   How marital support gets under the skin. A mounta...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • Phantom Breast Syndrome

    Originally posted on October 27, 2015.   Phantom limb sensations are one of psychology’s curiosities. Were you to suffer the amputation of a limb, your brain might then misinterpret spontaneous activity in...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • Can "Brain-Training" Games Sharpen Your Mind?

    Originally posted on February 2, 2016.   You’ve likely heard the NPR ads for brain fitness games offered by Lumosity. “70 Million brain trainers in 182 countries challenge their brains with Lumosity,...
    David Myers
    last modified by David Myers
  • Epigenetics

    The coverage of epigenetics in Intro Psych textbooks appears to be slowly on the rise. And with good reason. If you're not familiar with epigenetics, this 9-minute student-friendly video is a nice introduction   ...
    Sue Frantz
    last modified by Sue Frantz
  • Psychopaths Are Utilitarian: A Classroom Activity

    Want to add a little psychopathy to your neuroscience or emotion lectures? Or add a little emotion and neuroscience to your psychopathy lecture?   Kevin Dutton (University of Oxford), in a 5-minute video, presen...
    Sue Frantz
    last modified by Sue Frantz
  • Teaching the Split Brain: Not Easy!

    I was looking at how my students did on my Intro Psych exam questions this past fall. One item on split-brain jumped out at me. I have such a question on the first exam and another on the final. Both questions posit t...
    Sue Frantz
    last modified by Sue Frantz
  • Intro Psych T-shirts: Part 1

    When I first started teaching, not as a grad student, but as real live instructor out on my own, I was 24 years old. I was a part-time instructor at a community college near Kansas City. Thinking I had to look the par...
    Sue Frantz
    last modified by Sue Frantz
  • 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...
    Sue Frantz
    last modified by Sue Frantz
  • Split Brain Website

    This website, sponsored by NobelPrize.org, illustrates the "split brain experiments" in a fun and engaging way. It follows "Mr. Split Brainy" as he goes to a research lab, where it allows the student to pick which ima...
    Jenel Cavazos
    last modified by Jenel Cavazos
  • TED Ed Animated Video on the Hippocampus and Memory: The Case of H.M.

    Open video

    Lisa Hager
    created by Lisa Hager
  • Memory and environment

    Researchers have found that mice with induced memory loss are able to retrieve memories after they spend time in enriched environments that stimulate mental activity. What's more, these scientists have identified a dr...
    Allison Greco
    last modified by Allison Greco