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Lessons learned from a changed research program applied to teaching

In the October 1, 2021 issue of Science, Jennifer S. Chen shares with readers her experience switching from one research direction to another mid-graduate career. The four big lessons she learned from this experience apply to, well, life. But since…

No, the Covid-19 Vaccines Will Not Make You Infertile

As false information permeates our society, scientists keep their focus on the facts. The Covid-19 vaccine is not in any way associated with decreased fertility — but the Covid virus itself is. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/covid-vaccine-infertility-pregnancy-false-information Source: macmillan psych community

Sleep and Neurodevelopment Symposium: The Earliest Years

The workshop will focus on building the research questions and opportunities to fill the data gap regarding the role of sleep in the early years in establishing healthy neural networks and reflecting aberrant neurodevelopment. Source: NIH

Physician decision-making: Heuristics at work

When about to give birth, I would like my healthcare provider to make a recommendation for cesarean or vaginal delivery based on my particular set of circumstances and indicators, and mine alone. I would also like a pony. Both may…

Pavlov meant conditional, not conditoned

In the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Facebook group, Bridgette Martin Hard wondered why conditioning (as in classical and operant conditioning) is called conditioning (members of the STP Facebook group can read the discussion). While I had heard…

Cab Drivers and Alzheimer's Disease

What can cab drivers tell us about Alzheimer’s Disease? Quite a lot, it turns out. London Cabbies’ Brains Analyzed for Alzheimer’s Research https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2021/11/01/london-taxi-driver-alzheimers-research/ Source: macmillan psych community

NIMH Workshop on Advancing Training in Suicide Prevention Clinical Care

NIMH will convene a workshop on November 3, 2021, and November 8, 2021, to assess the state of the science related to suicide prevention training in clinical care with the ultimate goal of preventing suicidal behavior through improved training of…

A free beverage if you have a buddy

What if you ran a company where your employees are spending their days in their cubicles staring at computer screens in silence? What if you wanted your employees to interact face-to-face a little more? Would you be willing to give…

7-year-old Molly Wright has thoughts about parenting: 7-minute TED talk

I have previously written about distracted parenting as a discussion topic for the development chapter in Intro Psych (see Is Distracted Parenting a New Parenting Style?). The concern is that we, as adults, are not engaging with young children to…

NIMH Livestream Event on Seasonal Affective Disorder

NIMH is conducting a livestream event on seasonal affective disorder with Matthew Rudorfer, M.D., chief of the Adult Psychopharmacology, Somatic, and Integrated Treatment Research Program at NIMH. Source: NIH

Bystander intervention in the context of microaggressions

The September 2021 issue of the APA Monitor featured an article suggesting strategies bystanders can use when they observe the use of microaggressions against others (“How bystanders can shut down microaggressions”). In Intro Psych, we often talk about bystander intervention…

What To Do When You Want To Give Up

These days, it seems we all need advice on how to keep moving toward our goals! What to Do When You Want to Give Up https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/make-it-make-sense/202110/what-do-when-you-want-give Source: macmillan psych community

How To Tell Science From Pseudoscience

Short and sweet guide written in easy-to-understand language! How To Tell Science From Pseudoscience: https://www.popsci.com/diy/spot-fake-science/?taid=6169b3ba0fbc4500016aa03e&utm_campaign=trueanthem_trending-content&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter Source: macmillan psych community

Macrophage Infection by HIV: Implications for Pathogenesis and Cure

The NIMH and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard are conducting a virtual meeting to examine emerging data related to macrophage interactions with the immune system during HIV infection, macrophage reservoirs and approaches to their elimination, and the…