• Advice for new instructors: What I know now that I wish I had known then

    While I am still not close to retirement, I am certainly closer to retirement than I am to my first year of teaching. This August will be the 30th anniversary of when I stepped in front of a classroom as a person of a...
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  • “Implicit Egotism”: Astonishing Ways We Gravitate Toward Places, People, and Professions We Associate With Ourselves

    You surely know why you chose your town, your partner, and your vocation—all for good reasons, no doubt.   But might other unknown reasons—operating below the level of your conscious awareness–...
    David Myers
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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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  • How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways

    Nearly two-third of Americans, reports a recent PLOS One article, agree that “I am more intelligent than the average person.”   This self-serving bias—on which I have been reporting for four d...
    David Myers
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  • Your job matches your personality? You probably make more money than your non-matching colleagues

    Ever since I decided to pare down the personality section of my Intro Psych course to modern day theories of personality and their accompanying research, I have been on the lookout for interesting content to add. ...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Freud’s Slips

    Looking for a great summer read? If you like Nate Silver’s quantitative assessments of politics and sports, you will love Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book on big data revelations about our human interes...
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  • The Big Five: What traits students want to see in their professors 

    After covering the Big Five personality traits, ask students to get into small groups and pose these questions. Thinking about your ideal instructor, rank order the Big Five traits according to the instructor’s...
    Sue Frantz
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  • Artists Demonstrate Our Egocentrism

    “Egocentricism,” as every psychology student has read, was Jean Piaget’s description of preschoolers’ inability to take another person’s perspective. The child standing between you and th...
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  • Psychology Community Webinar: "Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You"

    3/2/17 1:00 PM
    Register for the WebEx here!   If prompted for a password: gilbert PRESENTED BY Daniel Gilbert  ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM   Most of us think we know what would make us happy and that our only problem is ...
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    Psychology Community Webinar: "Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You"
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  • Tell Us What You Think: New In Class Activities for Scientific American: Psychology 2e

    The new edition of Licht/Hull's Scientific American: Psychology places an increased emphasis on active learning in the book, online, and in the instructor resources. The new feature “In Class: Collabor...
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  • Further thoughts on “Do Narcissists—or ‘Nice Guys’—Finish Last?”

    Originally posted on August 24, 2016.   In an earlier post, I mentioned a report that says “that narcissists make good first impressions, but over time, their arrogance, bragging, and aggressiveness gets o...
    David Myers
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  • Psychologists on the Donald Trump Phenomenon

    Originally posted on July 7, 2016.   In authoring textbooks (and this blog) I seek to steer clear of overtly partisan politics. That’s out of respect for my readers’ diverse views, and also because m...
    David Myers
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  • The Brain’s Amazing Plasticity

    Originally posted on August 16, 2016.   In Psychology, 11th Edition, Nathan DeWall and I illustrate brain plasticity with a 6-year-old girl who had most of her right hemisphere removed to end life-threatening se...
    David Myers
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  • New in the APS Observer: Nathan on Self-Control and Grit, David on the Psychology of Extremism

    Originally posted on November 25, 2014.   The November APS Observer is out with an essay by Nathan, “Why Self-Control and Grit matter—and Why It Pays to Know the Difference.” It describes Angela...
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  • New in the APS Observer: Nathan on Growing New Neurons, and Dave on "A Good Word for Self-Esteem"

    Originally posted on December 16, 2014.   The December APS Observer is out with an essay by Nathan on “The Neural Greenhouse:  Teaching Students How to Grow Neurons and Keep Them Alive.” Our brai...
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  • The Plight of the Super Smart: The Hidden At-Risk Students

    Originally posted on April 5, 2014.   Each year, the American government spends billions of dollars to help students who struggle to meet their potential. These students languish in traditional school programs. ...
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  • Want to Know Who Has More than One Valentine?

    Originally posted on April 11, 2014.   While attending this year’s Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting, I chaired a data blitz session. The session fell on February 14. Valentine...
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  • What Does Your Signature Say About You?

    Originally posted on April 17, 2014.   Ask many people what their signature says about them and they’ll give you a pat answer: “My name.” Does your signature say more than that? A cottage indus...
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  • What is the Hardest Part About Going to Mars?

    Originally posted on May 5, 2014.   From an early age, I wanted to be an astronaut. I memorized Mercury astronaut missions. I dreamt of using a manned maneurvering unit to glide through space. I cried when the Ch...
    Nathan DeWall
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  • Why Is Your Mechanic Names Bill Smith? The Beauty of a Simple Name

    Originally posted May 13, 2014.   We might not realize it, but our names hold the key to how much people trust us. Our actual name might not matter. It is how easily you can pronounce a person’s name that c...
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