• Are We Fearing the Right Things?

    I am fascinated by the human tendency to fear the wrong things. We routinely display probability neglect by fretting about vividly publicized remote possibilities while ignoring higher probabilities. Dramatic catastro...
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  • The Trolley Problem Meets COVID-19

    A classic moral psychology dilemma invites us to contemplate a runaway trolley headed for five people who are tied to the tracks and destined for death—unless you pull a lever that diverts the trolley to a side ...
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  • Coronavirus created a superordinate goal in Cape Town

    Cape Town, South Africa is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. The gondola ride to the top of Table Mountain provides some of the best views on the planet. Standing on Table Mountain as the clouds pou...
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  • Coronavirus brings us a new stigma

    Some people who have had COVID-19 and recovered are emerging from their homes to discover that that they’re being stigmatized by their friends and family who have not had COVID-19.   Ask students to read t...
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  • The Science of Sharing Your Dreams

    The science of sleep: how sharing your dreams could help to improve your relationships http://ow.ly/KE7v30qG6TJ psychstudentrss
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  • Common causes of human error: Discussion topic

    One area of psychology that gets short shrift in Intro Psych is human factors. I recently came across a set of twelve factors that can lead to errors in aviation maintenance that were identified in the 1990s by Transp...
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  • David Myers on PsychSessions Podcast

    Did you miss author David Myers recent conversation on the podcast PsychSessions? If so, you can listen on the PsychSessions website.   In the episode, Garth welcomes back David Myers from Hope College in Hollan...
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  • Seeing Faces in Everyday Objects

    Have you noticed that you're seeing more faces around since we've been socializing less? If so, there's a good reason for that! Faces, Faces Everywhere - The New York Times http://ow.ly/W25c30qDte4 psychstud...
    Jenel Cavazos
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  • Pandemic Political Psychology

    “If public health officials recommended that everyone stay at home for a month because of a serious outbreak of coronavirus in your community, how likely are you to stay home for a month?”   When Ga...
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  • Well-being strategies: Reflection, discussion, or database practice

    On the Facebook page for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Pooja V. Anand posted this excellent list of 16 “strategies for maintaining well-being during COVID19 Crisis.” Self-reflection: reflec...
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  • Screen Time and Social Skills

    Many people (parents especially) worry that all our screen time will impair our ability to function in real social situations. This study suggests that's not the case. Study: Screen Time Has Little Impact on Kids...
    Jenel Cavazos
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  • COVID and the Mental Health of People Young and Old

    Those mindful of our human need to belong are surely unsurprised by the emotional challenges of shelter-in-place life. As social animals, our ancestors—and we, too—have flourished when connected in close, ...
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  • Netflix documentaries now on YouTube

    Netflix has made ten of their documentaries available on their YouTube channel.   For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t poss...
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  • Linus's belief perseverance

    With the entire Peanuts comic strip archive available freely online, there’s no reason not to use the genius of Charles Schulz to illustrate some of the psychological concepts we cover in Intro Psych.   On...
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  • Boredom and Brilliance

    Feeling bored? Good! How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas - Manoush | TED-Ed http://ow.ly/mZ5730qvOz5 psychstudentrss
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  • Foot-in-the-door class activity: Intimate partner violence

    Between spending a lot of time thinking about what people need to know about psychology—and, thus, what we should cover in Intro Psych—and thinking about intimate partner violence (IPV), it is glaringly ap...
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  • Real World Social Psychology Under the Coronavirus

    For psychology teachers everywhere—many with students displaced to their homes—the COVID-19 pandemic’s dark clouds offer a potential silver lining: some teachable moments. In so many ways, we are exp...
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  • Support for those who are experiencing violence in their home

    During this please-stay-away-from-other-people time, I have been thinking a lot about people who are trapped at home with an abuser.   Yesterday morning we went to the grocery store for our next two-week round o...
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  • Donald Trump’s Memory—and Ours

    “Memory is insubstantial. Things keep replacing it.” ~Annie Dillard, “To Fashion a Text,” 1988   Often in life we do not expect something to happen until it does, whereupon—seeing t...
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  • Organizing Your Free Time?

    Anyone else trying to figure out the best way to structure all our days at home? Check this out: How to gain control of your free time - Laura Vanderkam | TED-Ed http://ow.ly/aZn230qsHBn psychstudentrss
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