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The Heart of Psychological Science: A TEDx story

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If you had just a few minutes to summarize why your discipline is important, what would you say? Let’s say you taught a broad survey course such as Introduction to Psychology and I charge you to filter down the key elements of the entire 15 week course down to the time it takes you to […]

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Derailing Dishonesty: How Repeated Wrongs Can Feel OK.

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Ever not paid for that cup of serve-yourself coffee by ignoring the “money-here” sign? Have you taken two pieces of free candy when the sign said take just one? What about cheating on an exam, plagiarizing a paper, or lying?  These are all dishonest acts, albeit ones that vary in magnitude. Our day to day […]

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Just Say No (To Providing Class Slides)?

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“Please Sir, May I have some More?” Oliver Twist’s request for more porridge was denied with vehemence. Sometimes students’ requests for instructor lecture slides are treated similarly. Should teachers give students their slides before or even after class? To some faculty this may not even be an issue to question. Many instructors I have spoken […]

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Should You Pay Students To Study? Works for Kids Eating Vegetables…..

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Academic semesters around the countryside amble towards their endings. Many teachers think that perennial thought:  How can we get more students to study more? In theory we teachers argue, if students studied more, students would learn more, do better on their exams, get better grades, be more satisfied with themselves, get better jobs (or get jobs […]

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Social Psychology, Facebook & Potentially Pesky Political Posts

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Do you try to persuade your friends to vote for your candidate by sharing political posts on social media and commenting on their posts? We like it when our friends support the same candidate we do, but what if they don’t? Do political posts persuade or can they risk your relationships? Changing people’s minds is […]

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The Anatomy of A Model Teacher

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Students who have wonderful instructors learn more, are inspired to learn, and tend to do better at school (and then life) in general. This just sounds right. We know this in our bones. Whereas the empirical data on this sense is fodder for another day, how responsible teachers are for learning has been addressed before. […]

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Riding off Into Teaching Sunsets: Endings

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Endings are always tough for me. Psychoanalytically inclined readers may evoke termination anxiety.  Twice a year we reach the end of class and I face it with ambivalence. Yes, flexible days and a drastic drop in email traffic loom on the horizon, but it is also time to say goodbye. One of my favorite undergraduate classes […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: Updates On Mind Wandering

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When I was a kid, I guess I often stared off into the middle distances. My parents would bring me back to reality with the comment “A penny for your thoughts”. This was a simple gentle prod to the fact that I was daydreaming. Years later, I look out at my classes and am tempted […]

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