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Drug overdose deaths data update

In 2017, I wrote a blog post about an activity designed to help students see how the number of drug overdose deaths have changed since 1968 using this interactive article from the New York Times. Carolyn Brown Kramer, via the…

Virtual Body Swapping?

This is a whole new level of walking in someone else’s shoes! Virtual Body Swapping With Friend Can Alter Your Sense of Self Source: macmillan psych community

How Children's Amazing Brains Shaped Humanity

Have a few minutes? Listen to this APA podcast episode discussing why human infants have such long periods of growth and what this means for the development of our society! Source: macmillan psych community

Privacy and Technology

Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? Source: macmillan psych community

Reading research articles: An assignment

At some point in college or grad school, I was given a short article that explained the different sections of a typical psychology journal article. I have a vague memory of being told to always read the abstract first, but…

How Have Your Friendships Been Affected By COVID?

While close friendships may never change, this article argues that our casual friendships have been seriously challenged – if not completely erased – by the pandemic. Have your friendships changed as a result of covid? Source: macmillan psych community

Are you as happy to be wrong as Danny Kahneman is?

I just finished reading Evan Nesterak’s Behavioral Scientist interview with Wharton organizational psychologist Adam Grant about his new book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Grant discussed an interaction he had with Danny Kahneman that has…

Watercooler conversations: Weak-ties matter

My college has been working remotely for the last 10 months, and we’re planning on working remotely for the next 10 months, although that may change as conditions warrant. I participate in regular committee and department meetings via Zoom. My…

What Makes Humor Funny?

Humor is a vital part of our lives (even more so now). So, what’s the secret recipe that makes something funny? Source: macmillan psych community

Why did strangers help retrieve Nico's stuffed animal?

As the pandemic wears on, I’ve been in need of more feel-good stories. Here’s one to add to your coverage of helping behavior in the social psych chapter. Four-year-old Nico was out walking along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal with his mom,…

Handy coping tips: Discussion or group project

The good folks at Google have been working from home since March/April 2020. Their “Supporting Employee Mental Health and Well-being” document has a number of handy tips. It opens with this statement. “We are all learning how to cope with…

The Science Behind Gut Feelings

“People are able to see and recognize patterns that can help them make decisions or form judgments, and a lot of this recognition is outside of conscious awareness.” The Science Behind Gut Feelings Source: macmillan psych community