• The Illusion of Understanding

    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.”   This wisdom, often attributed to American historian Daniel Boorstin, suggests a sister aphorism: The great...
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  • 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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  • Viktor Frankl and the Search for Meaning

     If you're feeling stressed or anxious, consider the work of Viktor Frankl, who taught us that finding meaning in life is our most important quest: Viktor Frankl: Doctor prescribed the meaning of life - Big ...
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  • Recommended Student Learning Outcomes for Intro Psych

    The American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs, at the behest of the Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education, convened a working group under the title Introductory Psychology In...
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  • A final course review: The top ten list

    Several years ago, back when I was still giving in-class exams, I was convinced by Roddy Roediger to give a comprehensive final exam. By asking students to review the course material one more time by studying for the ...
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  • Do Something! Stop Mass Shootings and Prevent Suicides! But What Can Psychology Contribute?

    “Do something!” shouted a lone voice at Ohio’s governor during a post-massacre candlelight vigil in downtown Dayton. Others soon chimed into what became a crowd chant, which has now challenged Congre...
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  • Congratulations, New Penguin Parents!

    Check out these brand-new penguin parents, Skipper and Ping, who are the latest gay couple to adopt a penguin baby! Congratulations to new penguin dads Skipper and Ping | Popular Science   psychstudentrss
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  • “Can You Repeat the Question?” Was Robert Mueller Exhibiting Age-Related Cognitive Decline—or Hearing Loss?

    On 48 occasions during his recent testimony regarding Russian election interference, former special counsel Robert Mueller—seeming “confused,” “uncertain,” and “forgetful”&mda...
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  • Showing Up and Showing Off

    Interested in the psychology of sports? Ever wondered if athletes really have something to prove when they play against their old teams and teammates? If so, check out this new blog post! http://www.sps...
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  • Interteaching: Shifting Responsibility for Learning from Instructor to Student

    In an article I had written on interteaching (2015), I wrote,   I was working harder on the course than they appeared to be. I was reading the textbook; my students were not. I was trying to find good examples of...
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  • Does Social Media Use Help Explain Rising Rates of Depression and Self-Harm Among Teen Girls?

    Consider two facts:   Worldwide, smartphones and easier social media access exploded starting in 2010. Consider U.S. smartphone-use (and its projected future): Simultaneously—and coincidentally?—te...
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  • Do More Immigrants Equal Greater Acceptance or Greater Fear of Immigrants?

    Mexican immigrants, President Trump has repeatedly told his approving base, are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” In this week’s West Virginia rally he highlighte...
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  • It’s Raining … Flash Drives? Harnessing the Positive Power of Relative Deprivation

    How you and I feel about our lives depends greatly on our social comparisons. We feel smart when others seem dimwitted, and grateful for our health when others are unwell. But sometimes during social comparisons our s...
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  • The Amazing Power of Attention

    I’m often asked: “What is your favorite introductory psych chapter?” I reply that, when starting to write my text, I presumed that Sensation-Perception would be the dullest topic. Instead, I’ve...
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  • Helping students learn from their mistakes

    When I was in school, the first thing I did when I got a graded assignment or exam back was look at what I missed and why. I assumed that was what everyone did. False consensus effect, anyone?   In a webinar a n...
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  • 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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  • Um… how can we reduce ums in our speech?

    As instructors, almost all of us are public speakers. We pay a lot of attention to our content, but how much do we pay attention to how we are presenting our content?   Um, if we, um, had as many ums in our writ...
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  • Join me at the next AP Psych Reading!

    Do you teach Intro Psych? If so, I am personally inviting you to join me at the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Reading in Tampa next year (June 10-16, 2020; apply here). Choosing to attend the Reading was – ...
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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–...
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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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