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Riener, Cedar – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
When people perceive the world, what they see is based on the physics of light reflecting off surfaces and entering their eyes. Their brain then processes the raw data so that photoreceptor activity becomes perceptual awareness. Most textbooks and chapters on sensation and perception follow this formula, building student understanding of…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Cognitive Processes, Psychology, Memory
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Chew, Stephen L.; Halonen, Jane S.; McCarthy, Maureen A.; Gurung, Regan A. R.; Beers, Melissa J.; McEntarffer, Robert; Landrum, R. Eric – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
In traditional research areas within psychology, effective researchers stay up-to-date with the latest advances and new methodologies within a specialty area. Failure to do so limits one's effectiveness and potential impact on advancing that field of study. In our view, teachers of psychology possess the same responsibilities to stay current and…
Descriptors: Psychology, Teaching Methods, Evidence Based Practice, Instructional Improvement
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Gurung, Regan A. R.; Hackathorn, Jana – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
The introductory psychology (Intro Psych) course is the bedrock of the psychology major and the front face of our discipline. The class not only provides a foundation for students in the major but also provides a comprehensive portrait of the discipline for nonmajors. Despite a sizable body of research focused on pedagogy related to the…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students
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Crittle, Chelsea; Maddox, Keith B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Research in social psychology has the potential to address real-world issues involving racial stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Literature on confrontation suggests that addressing racism can be seen as a persuasive act that will allow for more effective interpersonal interactions. In this article, we explore the persuasive…
Descriptors: Social Bias, Social Psychology, Teaching Methods, Stereotypes
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Nagy, Laura M.; Baer, Ruth A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Mindfulness, which is best understood as nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness, originated in ancient Eastern traditions but has been adapted for use in Western, secular settings. The present article reviews the quickly burgeoning field of mindfulness research for teachers of psychology, including the most common mindfulness-based treatments…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teaching Methods, Psychology, Mental Health
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Tablante, Courtney B.; Fiske, Susan T. – Teaching of Psychology, 2015
Discussing socioeconomic status in college classes can be challenging. Both teachers and students feel uncomfortable, yet social class matters more than ever. This is especially true, given increased income inequality in the United States and indications that higher education does not reduce this inequality as much as many people hope. Resources…
Descriptors: Social Class, Socioeconomic Status, Stereotypes, Coping
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Kasser, Tim – Teaching of Psychology, 2014
In this article, I review how people organize values and goals in their minds and I suggest teaching demonstrations, exercises, and assignments to help students learn this material. I pay special attention to circumplex models, which represent the extent of conflict or compatibility between values and goals, and to the well-researched distinction…
Descriptors: Values, Goal Orientation, Teaching Methods, Assignments
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Wilson, Stephanie Gray – Teaching of Psychology, 2013
Undergraduate statistics courses are perceived as challenging by both students and instructors. Students' attitudes, motivation, math anxiety, and preparedness can negatively impact the student and instructor experience and have the potential to negatively impact student learning. This article describes an attempt to address some of these…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students
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Madson, Michael B.; Schumacher, Julie A.; Noble, Jeremy J.; Bonnell, Melissa A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2013
Many undergraduate psychology students assume positions as mental health paraprofessionals during or after college. The present study was a quasi-experimental evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching motivational interviewing (MI), a counseling approach that applies to many paraprofessional occupations. Results from 83 undergraduates indicated…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Motivation Techniques, Interviews, Reflection
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Kite, Mary E.; Whitley, Bernard E., Jr. – Teaching of Psychology, 2012
The authors describe a demonstration of stereotype use in everyday language that focuses on common phrases reflecting stereotypic beliefs about ethnic groups or nationalities. The exercise encourages students' discussion of stereotype use. Students read 13 common phrases from the English language and stated whether they had used each phrase and…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, English, Stereotypes, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Eisenberg, Nancy; Sulik, Michael J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2012
In this article, the authors review basic conceptual issues in research on children's emotion-related self-regulation, including the differentiation between self-regulation that is effortful and voluntary and control-related processes that are less amenable to effortful control. In addition, the authors summarize what researchers know about…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Self Control, Teaching Methods, Emotional Response
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Simonton, Dean Keith – Teaching of Psychology, 2012
In the past decade, the psychological study of creativity has accelerated greatly. To facilitate the teaching of creativity, I provide an overview of the recent literature. The overview begins by discussing recent empirical results and research trends. This discussion specifically treats creativity's cognitive, differential, developmental, and…
Descriptors: Creativity, Creative Development, Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Golding, Jonathan M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
A review of prior research on the role of attendance policies in large lecture classes (including psychology) is presented. This research showed that although students often did not attend class, various policies were effective in getting students to the classroom. Moreover, some research showed that an attendance policy did not lower instructor…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Lecture Method, Correlation, Attendance Patterns
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Cottle, Nathan R.; Glover, Rebecca J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2011
This article makes a case for the use of blended learning in teaching human development as a means to encourage higher-order student learning outcomes. The authors review literature regarding the use and effectiveness of blended learning, discuss an illustrative example of a redesign of a human development course, present outcomes from a…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Academic Achievement, Individual Development, Thinking Skills
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Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Lanter, Jason R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2009
To assess the effect of a 4-question reflective learning technique on quiz performance, students engaged in an interactive activity, responded to 4 questions to encourage analyzing (i.e., what was learned), reflecting (i.e., why it is important), relating (i.e., how the material related to their personal lives), and generating (i.e., what…
Descriptors: Self Management, Teaching Methods, Test Coaching, Test Wiseness
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