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Psychology Book Bingo: Summer 2021

Summer 2021: June 1 to August 31 Sports psychology Recommended by a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology History of psychology Written by a person with a disability Recommended by a colleague at your institution Written by…

Therapy dogs on campus: Experiment example, assignment, or discussion

If you are looking to freshen up your examples of experiments, here’s a pretty readable one from an open access journal. Pendry, P., Carr, A. M., Vandagriff, J. L., & Gee, N. R. (2021). Incorporating human–animal interaction into academic stress…

Makeup and Morality

For women, perceptions of intelligence and morality change based on how much makeup they’re wearing: https://www.psypost.org/2021/05/study-suggests-that-women-wearing-heavier-makeup-are-perceived-as-having-less-mental-capacity-and-less-moral-status-60837 Source: macmillan psych community

Operant conditioning examples from recent comic strips

Good cartoonists are excellent observers of people, and that’s why cartoons can be a tremendous resource for teaching psychology. Use these cartoons by visiting their websites as copying/pasting into your slide deck or your learning management system is most likely…

Pharmacies offering mental health services: Discuss!

I have been reading with interest about how national chain pharmacies have started to offer mental health services: Therapy on Aisle 7 (NY Times, 5/7/21), CVS to Offer In-Store Mental Health Counseling (NPR, 4/29/21). While some pharmacies, such as CVS,…

Mind-Melding With Our Favorite Fictional Characters

Have you spend time reading or binge-watching your favorite shows this year? Research suggests that those beloved characters mean as much to us as our friends, at least if we are immersed in the fictional environment: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/time-travelling-apollo/202104/mind-melding-our-favorite-fictional-characters Source: macmillan…

Heat Overrides Genes To Make Bearded Dragons Change Sex

Great example of epigenetics: Male bearded dragon embryos will hatch as females if the eggs are too warm – the heat overrides their genes to make them change sex!  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2274481-heat-overrides-genes-to-make-bearded-dragon-embryos-change-sex/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=echobox&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1618516391 Source: macmillan psych community

The cognitive dissonance of QAnon followers

In the aftermath of the US presidential inauguration, I’ve been reading about QAnon with much interest. From the New York Times: Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday [1/20/21, inauguration day] would be the…

Helping students overcome the planning fallacy

The planning fallacy tells us that everything will take longer than we think it will (Kahneman & Tversky, 1982). In a fun—and unpublished—study, MIT graduate student Kaley Brauer, tells us about what they learned about the planning fallacy—albeit never named…