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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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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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