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The inherent challenge of teaching Intro Psych

The perennial question for any introductory course is about what to cover. Is it better to teach more stuff superficially? Or is it better teach less stuff deeply? This is the classic breadth vs. depth dilemma. I don’t think anyone…

Selfie-taking dog: Classical or operant conditioning?

I read my share of blogs and news stories. Concepts we cover in Intro Psych appear with some frequency out there in the land of popular culture. Freudian terms—**bleep** retentive, oral fixation—seem to be less commonly used than they used…

To conform or not to conform. That is the question.

Mask-wearing (or not) continues to be a social psychological goldmine. In this case, let’s take a look at conformity. The social pressure to wear or not wear a mask is pervasive. If you are not wearing a mask but are…

Video » NIMH Experts Discuss Suicide Prevention Strategies

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH conducted a livestream event on September 23, 2020, to discuss the latest in suicide prevention research, including ways to identify risk, and effective prevention strategies. Source: NIH

Correlations & Causation: A Norwegian winter study

There must be a cognitive bias that explains why it is so hard for us to learn that correlation does not mean causation. Okay, we can learn it fine. Applying it consistently is the hard part. Last week here in…

Mental health app review site: Applying the CRAAP test

Recently the American Psychological Association published a Speaking of Psychology podcast (and transcript) about the One Mind PsyberGuide—a mental health app rating service. While I wasn’t paying attention, mental health apps have proliferated. Visiting the About One Mind PsyberGuide page,…

Scientific Meeting » NIMH Livestream Event: Suicide Prevention Strategies

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH will host a livestream event on September 23, 2020, from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, to discuss the latest in suicide prevention research, including ways to identify risk, and effective prevention…

BORDER SECURITY AND THE SELF

Chet Mirman, Ph.D. Highland Park, Illinois Abstract Conspicuously absent in our national debate about border security are discussions of the psychological issues driving this debate. This paper addresses the role that the personal terror of falling into a state of…

The Strategic Deployment of Hate in a Politics of Love

Bryan K. Nichols, Ph.D. and Medria L. Connolly, Ph.D.[1] Like many of the best movies, I’ll start this story with our present cliff hanging dilemma before flashing back to how we got here and suggesting why I suspect that the…

James S. Jackson: Discussion activity

Between 2001 and 2003, the Program for Research on Black Americans—founded and led by the late James S. Jackson—conducted “the most comprehensive and detailed study of mental disorders and the mental health of Americans of African descent ever completed.” The…

Caring more deeply than our students

I recently read Michele Harper’s memoir, The Beauty in Breaking, about her experience as an emergency room physician. In one chapter, she writes about people coming to the ER who have so much more broken in their lives than, say,…

Macmillan Author Albert Bandura's interview with Positive Voices

“Albert Bandura is Psychology legend.” Positive Voices features Macmillan’s beloved author, Albert Bandura, in their latest Positive Conversation interview with Larry King where Bandura speaks on his theories, including social modeling, social cognitive theory, and moral disengagement, as well as tips…