• "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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  • What people do with a bachelor's degree in psychology: Class activity

    Here are some survey data your students may find interesting. This will be most compelling for your psychology majors. The American Psychological Association (APA) mined the data from the 2015 National Survey of Coll...
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  • No, we really can't multitask: A demo

    As if cell phone use in cars isn’t bad enough, car manufacturers are building distractions into our automobiles, which I affectionately call Built-in Automotive Driving Distraction SystemsTM.   Automakers n...
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  • More on Seasonal Affective Disorder as a Possible Folk Myth

    In an earlier blog post, I reported on an analysis of 34,000+ Americans’ health interviews with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To my astonishment, Megan Traffanstedt, Sheila Mehta, and Ste...
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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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  • Antidepressants: An Emperor with No Clothes?

    On rare occasion, I have reported startling findings that challenge current wisdom: Brain training games do NOT boost intelligence. Traumatic experiences are NOT often repressed. Seasonal affective disorder (wintertim...
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  • A Short List of What We Know About All Humans

    The Lancet reports that 15.3 percent of all humans are daily smokers. Yet smoking varies enormously, from: 25 percent among men to 5 percent among women, and from 43 percent among Greenlanders to 1 percent amon...
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  • Is Seasonal Affective Disorder a Folk Myth?

    Doing science takes humility—an awareness of our vulnerability to error and an openness to new perspectives. If nature, in response to our questioning, doesn’t behave as our ideas predict, then so much the...
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  • Neurocore

    Walking down the hall to my Holland (Michigan) ear doctor’s office, I pass an office of Neurocore Brain Performance Centers, a company started in nearby Grand Rapids and whose website declares that its Holland C...
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  • Example: Experiment on women’s perception of tattooed men

    After covering experiments or as a research methods boost when covering attractiveness, pose this hypothesis to your students: Tattoos on men influence how others perceive the men’s health and attractiveness. &#...
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  • Correlation example: Number of social media platforms used and depression/anxiety

    After introducing correlations, I share a number of examples with students. Here are couple new ones that going into my pool.   Young adults (age 19-32) who spend their time on a lot (7 to 11) of different socia...
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  • Misinformation and Education in a Post-Truth World

    For us educators, few things are more disconcerting than the viral spread of misinformation. Across our varying political views, our shared mission is discerning and teaching truth, and enabling our students to be tru...
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  •  A Twitter Experiment Provides IV and DV Practice for Your Students

    A political science grad student, Kevin Munger (2016a, b), decided to conduct an experiment on Twitter. His goal was to reduce the amount of hate speech posted to that media platform. To that end, he searched Twitter ...
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  • Q & A with our Research Methods Authors: Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco, and David Strohmetz

    Authors of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology, Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco and David Strohmetz are all active researchers and committed teachers at Monmouth University. They&#...
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  • Research Methods: The One Course Every Graduate Student Should Teach

    Originally posted on October 18, 2016.    For both graduate students and instructors alike, there are many reasons to teach a research methods course. From demand for professors to the ability to harbor stu...
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  • Do Fitness Trackers Work?

    When covering research methods or as a research methods boost in health psych in Intro, ask your students, “Do fitness trackers, like Fitbit, work? If you were a psychological scientist trying to answer this que...
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  • Help Intro Psych Students with Their Learning Strategies: Build It into the Memory Chapter

    Years ago, as a young instructor, I didn’t have the tools to help my struggling students who came to my office for studying advice. I had a clear idea of what “studying” was since I had done it for s...
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  • Twin Data in an Easily-Searchable (Free!) Database: MaTCH

    Did you ever wish you had access to a searchable database of twin correlations and trait heritability statistics? If not, once you see this, you will wonder why you hadn’t been looking for this kind of resource....
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  • The Climate is Changing, But People Draw Conclusions From Local Weather

    Originally posted on May 28, 2014.   Climate change is upon us.  The recent National Climate Assessment, assembled by a large scientific panel, confirms that greenhouse gases continue to accumulate.  T...
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  • New in the APS Observer: Nathan on Brain Size, David on Vocational Interests

    Originally posted on September 23, 2014.   In the September Observer (from the Association for Psychological Science), Nathan explains why “Brain Size Matters.”  He summarizes, and suggests how t...
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