• 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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  • How can we use operant conditioning to encourage more public transit use?

    After covering operant conditioning, ask your students to consider how government agencies could encourage more public transit use by using reinforcement. Give students a couple minutes to think about this on their ow...
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  • Fake News!

    Fake news is everywhere - are you good at telling what's real and what's not? Research shows you're probably not as good at it as you think you are. Students Are Really, Really Bad at Spotting Fake News, Misleading We...
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  • How and Why To Forgive

    Forgiveness is GOOD for you, so why not try to be more forgiving in the new year? How To Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You - and Why You Should https://www.popsci.com/story/health/forgive-psychology-trauma/?u...
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  • Personality Is About Who and Where You Are

    Getting away from research done on "traditional" populations can show us a lot about what influences us. Personality is not only about who but also where you are | Aeon Ideas http://ow.ly/iCJb30q5Zca psychstudentrss
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  • Genetic Testing Newborns?

    How much genetic testing should be required for newborns? What kinds of genetic tests would you want your baby to have? 23 and Baby: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/23-and-baby/ psychstudentrss
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  • Making New Year’s Resolutions That Last

    It’s the new year transition, the line between our last year’s self and our hoped-for healthier, happier, and more productive 2020 self. To become that new self, we know what to do. We know that a full nig...
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