• Psychology’s Zombie Ideas

    Paul Krugman’s Arguing with Zombies (2020) identifies “zombie ideas”—repeatedly refuted ideas that refuse to die. He offers economic zombie ideas that survive to continue eating people’s ...
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  • A new Netflix series about academics?

    Well now this could be interesting. A New Netflix Show Will Tackle Life as a Department Chair. Academics Have Thoughts. - The Chronicle of Higher Education http://ow.ly/5z3n30qkUV8 psychstudentrss
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  • Classical conditioning courtesy of Charlie Brown and Lucy

    Many cartoonists are excellent observers of the human condition. One of the best is Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame. With 50 years of comic strips, that’s 17,897 individual strips—drawn by him and him alone...
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  • The Arctic lacks monocular cues: How does that affect what we perceive?

    In the Intro Psych sensation and perception chapter, we often cover monocular cues. While it’s fine to think about how monocular cues help us perceive depth, I had never given much thought to what we would perce...
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  • Is Social Media Undermining Your Relationships?

    Have you ever wondered if social media makes relationships harder? If so, read this! How Social Media Might Undermine Romantic Relationships | SPSP http://ow.ly/95cI30qiLMC psychstudentrss
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  • Shifting ingroups from TV2 Denmark

    Ingroups can be pretty powerful. We tend to like people in our ingroups more than people in our outgroups (ingroup bias), and we tend to see people in our outgroups as being more like each other than people in our ing...
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  • Mitt Romney and the Social Psychology of Dissent

    In a long-ago experiment by Columbia University social psychologist Stanley Schachter, groups discussed how to deal with fictional juvenile delinquent “Johnny Rocco.” One “modal” group member (...
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  • Your Partner is PERFECT For You!

    Feeling the Valentine's Day love? People Who Think Their Partners Are a Perfect Fit Stay Happier—Even if They’re Wrong – Association for Psychological Science – APS http://ow.ly/3SFa30qhci...
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  • Culture War in the Classroom

    Has your university seen changes in the curriculum or in classroom behavior in the last few years? Read about one school in Texas that is facing widespread problems: When the Culture War Comes to the Classroom...
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  • Eight Science-Informed Keys to Effective Groups

    A recent Templeton World Charity Foundation conference, Character, Social Connections and Flourishing in the 21st Century, expanded my mind, thanks to a lecture by famed evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson. This...
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  • Ripped from the headlines: Availability heuristic and viruses

    If you are about to cover or have recently covered the availability heuristic in Intro Psych, ask your students this question.   Which are you more concerned about: the coronavirus or the flu virus?   Alter...
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  • Avalanche school: Lessons in the pitfalls of decision-making

    “Nature doesn’t kill people with avalanches. People kill people with avalanches” (Julavits, 2020, p. 26).   Heidi Julavits tells us that in avalanche school she learned about six psycholog...
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  • Mummy Voices?

    Ever wonder what a mummy would sound like? No? Well here's your chance to find out anyway! 3-D Printing Gives Voice to a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy - Scientific American http://ow.ly/wpnf30qd35U psychstudentrss
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  • Are Smartphones Dangerous For Children?

    More new research on the questionable link between electronic use and social problems in children. What do you think? Panicking About Your Kids’ Phones? New Research Says Don’t - The New York Times ht...
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  • "What’s your good news?" Increasing cohesion in an online course

    I read with interest a recent journal article on the benefits of having students share some good news from their lives. This study was done in a face-to-face class, but I’m wondering about the implications for o...
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  • The Risks of Protecting Children from Risk

    Caring parents understandably want to protect their children from physical harm and emotional hurt. We do this, we presume, for their sakes. And, if the truth be told, we do it for our own as well. Many of us knowingl...
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  • Note-Taking Strategies Review!

    Excellent (and timely!) review of note-taking strategies at the start of a new semester: Note Taking: A Research Roundup https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/note-taking/  psychstudentrss
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  • The Placebo Effect

    Some people are more susceptible to the placebo effect than others; it turns out your DNA might be responsible! Your DNA Could Determine How Easily You're Fooled by Placebos http://ow.ly/TNoe30q9Ibn psychstudentrss
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  • Nurses, doctors, and their superordinate goal

    Probably like you, a lot of my Intro Psych students are interested in medicine. Most are interested in nursing, but a smattering are interested in becoming physicians or another type of medical professional, such as r...
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  • Cognitive Dissonance Rides Again: How We Justify Our Own—and Our Nation’s—Acts

    Cognitive dissonance theory—one of social psychology’s gifts to human self-understanding—offers several intriguing predictions, including this: When we act in ways inconsistent with our attitudes or ...
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