• 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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  • Chronotype and disease: Correlation still doesn't mean causation

    One of the perennial challenges in teaching Intro Psych is helping students understand that knowing that two variables are, say, positively correlated does not tell us anything about what causes that relationship. Dis...
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  • The Joy of Being Wrong

    What virtue is more needed in today’s contentious and polarized world than humility? We need deep-rooted convictions to fuel our passions, but also humility to restrain bull-headed fanaticism.   Along wit...
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  • Use psychology to win millions

    As of this writing, Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer has won 24 games for a total of $1,867,142.00. A lot of people are wondering how he has done it.   The next time you cover memory in Intro, ask your student...
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  • Susan Burns Teaching Institute Poster Session: I-14 Teaching Sex and Gender during a #Metoo! #Timesup! Moment

    5/23/19 11:15 AM
    I-14 Teaching Sex and Gender during a #Metoo! #Timesup! Moment   Moments in history transform the conversation of our classrooms. MeToo! TimesUp! and other societal shifts are making issues of sex and gender ess...
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  • APS Focus Group: Psychology of Sex and Gender

    5/24/19 8:00 AM
    APS Focus Group: Psychology of Sex and Gender  We will be sharing with you aspects of the text and media. If you currently teach the Psychology of Gender course, we would welcome your feedback.  T...
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  • Where did our three little ear bones come from?

    One of the many things I love about teaching psychology is that I can learn something new about the field—about our humanness—just about anywhere. I am currently reading Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek (2019...
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  • Our Differences Seize Our Attention, Define Our Identity, and Sometimes Deceive Us

    “Self-consciousness [exists] in contrast with an ‘other,’ a something which is not the self.” ——C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 1940   We are, always and everywhere, self-co...
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  • What is your preferred form of address?

    This one is a challenge. I’ve taught in community colleges for almost 30 years. For the first half of my career, a lot of my students were older than me, and they were pretty stressed about taking their first co...
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  • One Antidote to Today’s Racism: A Historical and Personal Example

    It’s a core lesson of introductory psychology: Intergroup contact reduces prejudice (especially friendly, equal-status contact). As hundreds of studies show, attitudes—of White folks toward Black folks, of...
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  • Race in America: Hate Up, Prejudice Down?

    There’s bad news and good news about Americans’ race relations and attitudes.   The bad news: People perceive race relations as worsening. In a 2019 Pew survey of 6637 Americans, 58 percent said tha...
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  • Teaching Synesthesia

    I read The Man Who Tasted Shapes by the neurologist Richard Cytowic in the mid-1990s. Whenever the man ate something, he felt sensations on his skin. For example, eating chicken caused him to feel like his skin was be...
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  • Showerthoughts

    Part of my text-writing pleasure is interjecting playful thoughts and tongue-in-cheek one-liners that students seem to enjoy: “Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?” (If I don’t enjoy writing—assum...
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  • The Social Significance of a Shared Meal

    “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” ~C. S. Lewis, “Membership,” 1949   It’s one of life’s curiosities: Taking in food is...
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  • A video to introduce a discussion about gender

    A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about how to use The Gender Unicorn to help students understand the differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, physical attraction, and emoti...
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  • Experiments: Practice identifying independent and dependent variables (Part 2)

    Last week, I gave five examples of experiments you can use to give students practice at identifying independent and dependent variables. Here are five more.   After covering these concepts, ask students to work ...
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  • Out of Many, One

    Perhaps you, too, feel it like never before—intense contempt for your political opposites. National Election Surveys reveal that U.S. Republicans and Democrats who hate the other party each soared from 20% in 20...
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  • Chance Encounters and the Story of Life

    With so many trillions of daily happenings, some weird and wonderful events are inevitable—random serendipities that we could never predict in foresight but can savor in hindsight. From sports to relationships t...
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  • Misty Hull in roundtable at Midwest Psychological Association

    4/13/19 12:40 PM
    Author, Misty Hull will be participating in the following roundtable: In Search of 99% Accuracy? Not Without a Buddy! Scott Cohn, Western Colorado University; Julie Hernandez, Rock Valley College; Laura Lauzen-Collin...
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  • Experiments: Practice identifying independent and dependent variables

    Psychology students often struggle with the difference between the independent and dependent variables. After covering these concepts, ask students to work in pairs or small groups to identify both the independent var...
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