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New Immersive Learning Activity!  Think Like a Scientist

Question asked by Kimberly Morgan on Nov 10, 2015

Sandra Hockenbury and new coauthor Susan Nolan’s remarkable textbook, Discovering Psychology, is grounded in the belief that all kinds of students can develop a real understanding of psychology and lasting scientific literacy. The authors act on that belief by using relatable personal stories to communicate the concepts of psychological science (and the process of science itself), and by presenting important research in a clear not oversimplified way. Hockenbury and Nolan also take full advantage of online learning, creating activities in LaunchPad that have students thinking about psychology as scientists do.

In our online environment LaunchPad, Think Like a Scientist places students in real-world scenarios, asking them to think critically about scientific claims and the world around them. Each chapter features one of these active learning exercises, combining video, audio, text, and assessment.

Developed and class-tested by author Susan Nolan, Think Like a Scientist combines video, audio, text, and assessable active learning to place students in real-world scenarios, asking them to think critically about scientific claims such as:

  • Contagious Online Emotions (Chapter 1)
  • The Right Brain Versus the Left Brain (Chapter 2)
  • ESP (Chapter 3)
  • Multi-Tasking (Chapter 4)
  • Positive and Negative Reinforcement (Chapter 5)
  • Eyewitness Testimony (Chapter 6)
  • Brain Exercises (Chapter 7)
  • Lie Detection (Chapter 8)
  • Learning Environments (Chapter 9)
  • Employment-Related Personality Tests (Chapter 11)
  • Online Dating (Chapter 12)
  • Coping with Stress (Chapter 13)
  • Tracking Mental Illness Online (Chapter 14)
  • Ketamine (Chapter 15)



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