• Selfies vs. posies: Experiment example

    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 ...
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  • 10,000 steps: A research methods example

    After covering experiments and correlations in Intro Psych or as a research methods booster in the Stress & Health chapter, ask your students if they have heard that you should walk 10,000 steps a day. Do they kno...
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  • Chronotype and disease: Correlation still doesn't mean causation

    One of the perennial challenges in teaching Intro Psych is helping students understand that knowing that two variables are, say, positively correlated does not tell us anything about what causes that relationship. Dis...
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  • Experiments: Practice identifying independent and dependent variables (Part 2)

    Last week, I gave five examples of experiments you can use to give students practice at identifying independent and dependent variables. Here are five more.   After covering these concepts, ask students to work ...
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  • Experiments: Practice identifying independent and dependent variables

    Psychology students often struggle with the difference between the independent and dependent variables. After covering these concepts, ask students to work in pairs or small groups to identify both the independent var...
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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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  • Can your students fix these bad survey questions?

    Do you cover survey research in your Intro Psych course? Given the prevalence of bad surveys, I’m starting to think I should spend more time on it.   For a seemingly unlimited supply of bad survey question...
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  • Polling Probabilities and Political Punditry

    After elections, people often note unexpected outcomes and then complain that “the polls got it wrong.”   After Donald Trump’s stunning 2016 presidential victory, the press gave us articles on ...
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  • The Pleasure and Puzzlement of Weird Coincidences

    Some fun emails stimulated by last week’s essay on loss aversion in sports and everyday life pointed me to statistician David Spiegelhalter's Cambridge Coincidence Collection, which contains people’s 4500+...
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  • Phone distractions in a crosswalk: An observational research experience for your students

    No, your students will not be texting or talking/listening to a phone in a crosswalk! Instead, they will be observing others who are.   A recent study (Alsaleh, Sayed, & Zaki, 2018)* found that people who we...
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  • On the Reliability and Teaching of Psychological Science

    “The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated.” With this headline, Vox joins critics that question the reproducibility and integrity of psychological science’s find...
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  • Depressed About the State of the World? Consider Some Heartening Facts

    The Syrian slaughter. North Korea nuclear warheads. ISIS attacks. School shootings. Social media-fed teen depression. Thugs victimizing people of color and women. Inequality increasing. Online privacy invaded. Climate...
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  • Good Things and Bad Things Come in Bundles

    My colleague, Lindsay Root Luna, has new data showing that virtues correlate. People’s scores intercorrelate on scales assessing humility, justice, wisdom, forgiveness, gratitude, hope, and patience. Show her a ...
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  • Seeing faces in toast and the fusiform face area

    Apophenia is seeing patterns in randomness, which may be the mechanism behind conspiracy theory generation. If it feels to me like a set of random events are connected and no one is talking about the connection, then ...
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  • Killer Immigrants?

    Credit President Trump with consistency in cultivating public fears of immigrants: “When Mexico sends its people . . . they’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (...
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  • Do Guns Protect Us?

    Over lunch recently, a friend told about taking a firearm course, which enabled her to carry a concealed pistol and thus, she presumed, to live at less risk of harm.   Isn’t it obvious: If more of us have...
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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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  • I Love My Job! Cool New Things I Learned Just Yesterday While Reporting on Psychological Science

    I love my job as a psychology textbook author—sharing my life-relevant science with millions of students worldwide. Every day I get to play with and organize ideas, make words march up a screen, and then sculpt ...
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  • Economic Hindsight: Me, Wrong? Never!

    One of psychology’s most reliable phenomena is “the overconfidence phenomenon”—the tendency, when making judgments and forecasts, to be more confident than correct. Stockbrokers market their ad...
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  • "Dog owners live longer, healthier lives": Correlational research class activity

    “It’s official: Dog owners live longer, healthier lives” reads the headline on Time’s website. The refreshing change is that the headline – and the article – carefully explain that ...
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