Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

New ToPIX Content: 1/30/14

30 Jan 2014 8:43 PM | Anonymous

This last update for the month of January includes additions to the Industrial PsychologyIndustrial Psychology in the News, Research Methods in the Classroom, the Therapy Video (and Audio) page, and the Song List.


Assistant ToPIX Editor, Jessica Hartnett, posted a link to a National Geographic video that could be used in I/O classes, or perhaps even Intro Psych courses. The video discusses The Knowledge, a mandatory test of London that all taxi drivers have to pass in order to become taxi drivers. Those teaching Neuroscience may be able to use this video also. Changes to the hippocampus that occur within taxi drivers over time are also covered. See more on the Industrial Psychology page. Jessica also shared a blog post outlining reports that question whether the TSA program to spot terrorists are effective. I/O instructors could use some of the Washington Post and CBS coverage to discuss program evaluations. Research Methods and Tests & Measurements instructors could also use this situation to illustrate validity and reliability. Introduction to Psychology instructors may even use parts of this report because, as Jessica notes, "this whole story implicitly demonstrates that the federal government is hiring statisticians with strong research methods backgrounds..." Read more on the Industrial Psychology in the News page. Thanks, Jessica


Madelynn Shell (via the STP Facebook Group) shared a classic cartoon that could be used to give students practice at observational research, operationally defining “violent acts,” inter-rater reliability and so on. Check out the Research Methods in the classroom page for more details. Nice find, Madelynn


Erica Noles e-mailed an NPR audio newscast that would be relevant for Introductory Psychology instructors. The 5-minute audio clip includes commentary on DSM-5 updates, overdiagnosis, Asperger’s, and Bipolar. The link was posted to the Therapy Video (and Audio) page. I could see this being used in class as a cognitive break, or to launch into a new section. Very helpful, Erica!


A new addition to the Song List  is a link to Pharrell William’s 24-hour music video for the song “Happy. Hat tip to Nadia De Leon for this. Anyone teaching Positive Psychology or predictors of happiness might want to check it out. The video might also be useful for a Psi Chi or Psychology Club Dance-A-Thon?


Thanks again to Jessica, Madelynn, Erica, and Nadia for their contributions to ToPIX!


If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching, please consider contributing! You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions: (TOPIX@TeachPsych.org). 


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