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Cascio, Ted V. – Teaching of Psychology, 2020
Multiple studies have demonstrated the efficacy of various psychological critical thinking interventions. The current study tests a novel technique for improving introductory psychology students' ability to identify and evaluate methodological concepts in real-life media by prompting them to analyze secondary source news and blog articles.…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, News Reporting, Electronic Publishing, Comparative Analysis
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Zannella, Lesley; Vahedi, Zahra; Want, Stephen – Teaching of Psychology, 2020
Researchers often rely on undergraduate students to participate in psychological studies and so ethical guidelines state that there must be educational value to their participation. In previous studies that have asked undergraduates whether they felt they learned something new from participating in research, students have generally said yes.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Psychological Studies, Social Science Research
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Edlund, John E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2020
Improving student performance on exams is a key issue that many psychology instructors face in their classrooms. One potentially easy to deploy option for improving student performance is an exam wrapper. In this article, I detail two studies that compared exam wrappers to a control condition (a previous semester in Study 1 and a within course…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Evaluation, Tests, Social Psychology
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Swinkels, Alan; Giuliano, Traci A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
A project was developed to introduce the core principles of repeated-measures designs. Using the levels of processing approach to memory, students are prompted to engage in either shallow, moderate, or deep processing of 54 common nouns. An unexpected recall task then measures the number of words remembered in each condition. Data from 293…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), College Students, Research Methodology
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Lloyd, E. Paige; Walker, Ryan J.; Metz, Molly A.; Diekman, Amanda B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Although previous research has demonstrated that guided testing (i.e., self-testing) and question generation effectively increase retention compared to control methods, no work has simultaneously implemented both strategies in the classroom. In a semester-long study designed to maximize experimental control in a naturalistic setting, we adapted…
Descriptors: Review (Reexamination), Testing, Questioning Techniques, Comparative Analysis
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Zickar, Michael J.; Ron, Tom H.; Arnold, Christopher – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Facebook pages have been promoted as a cost-effective way of communicating with department alumni, students, faculty, and friends. We analyzed Facebook engagement metrics across a 2-year span for the page for one department of psychology. In addition, we surveyed followers of the page to determine whether different constituency groups appreciated…
Descriptors: Social Media, Interpersonal Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Publishing
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Cascio, Ted V. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This study assesses the effectiveness of critical thinking drills (CTDs), a repetitious classroom activity designed to improve methodological and statistical thinking in relation to psychological claims embedded in popular press articles. In each of four separate CTDs, students critically analyzed a brief article reporting a recent psychological…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Drills (Practice), Instructional Effectiveness, Statistics
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Batsell, W. Robert, Jr.; Perry, Jennifer L.; Hanley, Elizabeth; Hostetter, Autumn B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The testing effect is the enhanced retention of learned information by individuals who have studied and completed a test over the material relative to individuals who have only studied the material. Although numerous laboratory studies and simulated classroom studies have provided evidence of the testing effect, data from a natural class setting…
Descriptors: Tests, Psychology, Introductory Courses, Quasiexperimental Design
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Stoet, Gijsbert – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This article reviews PsyToolkit, a free web-based service designed for setting up, running, and analyzing online questionnaires and reaction-time (RT) experiments. It comes with extensive documentation, videos, lessons, and libraries of free-to-use psychological scales and RT experiments. It provides an elaborate interactive environment to use (or…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Reaction Time, Experiments, Psychological Studies
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LaCosse, Jennifer; Ainsworth, Sarah E.; Shepherd, Melissa A.; Ent, Michael; Klein, Kelly M.; Holland-Carter, Lauren A.; Moss, Justin H.; Licht, Mark; Licht, Barbara – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The current investigation tested the effectiveness of an online student research project designed to supplement traditional methods (e.g., lectures, discussions, and assigned readings) of teaching research methods in a large-enrollment Introduction to Psychology course. Over the course of the semester, students completed seven assignments, each…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Research Methodology, Large Group Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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McDonnell, Gerald P.; Dodd, Michael D. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
In the present article, we describe a course exercise in which students were administered four course evaluation forms throughout the semester, on which they provided their overall impressions of the class as well as their desire to change certain aspects of the course. Critically, during the semester, a total of three changes were made to the…
Descriptors: Course Organization, Course Evaluation, Change, Undergraduate Students
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Bramesfeld, Kosha D.; Good, Arla – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
In this article, we present the results of two studies that evaluated an experiential intersectionality awareness activity, "C'est La Vie: The Game of Social Life." For Study 1 (N = 55), we content analyzed students' short answer responses about inequality written before and after playing "C'est La Vie." Study 2 compared a…
Descriptors: Games, Simulation, Control Groups, Pretests Posttests
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Fa-Kaji, Naomi; Nguyen, Linda; Hebl, Mikki; Skorinko, Jeanine – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
This article details a classroom demonstration of how gender differences in cognitive schemas can result in men and women differentially interpreting the same information. Students heard a series of six homonyms (e.g., bow and nail) spoken aloud and wrote down the first word with which they free-associated each homonym. When hearing the words…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Travis, Lisa L.; Hudson, Nathan W.; Henricks-Lepp, Genevieve M.; Street, Whitney S.; Weidenbenner, Jennifer – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
This study investigated the influence of team-based learning (TBL) methods on exam performance and student satisfaction in an introductory psychology class. Fifteen instructors teaching 29 sections (with a combined enrollment of approximately 1,130 students) were randomly assigned to use TBL for 7 of 12 major topics or to use lecture. All students…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning
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Sego, Sandra A.; Stuart, Anne E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
Many students, particularly underprepared students, struggle to identify the essential information in empirical articles. We describe a set of assignments for instructing general psychology students to dissect the structure of such articles. Students in General Psychology I read empirical articles and answered a set of general, factual questions…
Descriptors: Psychology, Introductory Courses, Journal Articles, Content Area Reading
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