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  • 16 Mar 2015 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    This latest ToPIX Update includes additions to the In the News pages (Cognition, Development), APA Guidelines pages (Teaching Activities related to the APA 2.0 Guidelines, Handouts on the APA Guidelines), In the Classroom pages (APA Style, Study Strategies), Social Video, and the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library.

    Cognition in the News

    David Myers (via the TIPS Listserv) posted a link to a story on the hindsight bias and the goal line play call at the end of the Super Bowl. As Myers notes, this is a “potent example of a mental pitfall that has been the subject of roughly 800 psychological science publications.” For more, see the Cognition in the News page

    Development in the News

    Jessica Hartnett shared an NPR story on brain development (“The Teenage Brain: Spock vs. Captain Kirk”). The story provides some coverage of Laurence Steinberg’s fMRI research on why teens are more inclined to risky behavior due to underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes. Neuroscientist B.J. Corey provides commentary. Check it out on the Development in the News page.

    Teaching Activities Related to the APA 2.0 Goals

    Melissa Heerboth and Matt Weaver provided a handout that outlines three activities. First is an activity to introduce students to APA 2.0 early in the curriculum, another to help orient students toward professional development, and a third for juniors/ seniors to evaluate themselves in terms of APA 2.0 GoalsThis resource is available here.

    Drew Appleby’s “Academic Advising Strategies” resource set was posted to the Handouts on the APA Guidelines page. These include a handout, PowerPoint, and examples of a Skills-Based cover letter and a resume.

    APA Style in the Classroom

    Drew Appleby also passed along a resource entitled “Why and How to Write APA-style Citations…” A full resource and corresponding PowerPoint are available on the APA Style in the Classroom page.

    Study Strategies in the Classroom

    Additionally, Drew Appleby shared a resource to help students understand that multiple choice questions can be written to evaluate their ability to demonstrate more than just memorization. After this, students can use a flashcard strategy to help them prepare for these types of items. Download these resources by visiting the Study Strategies in the Classroom page.

    Social Video

    Jessica Hartnett posted a 3 minute BuzzFeed video that could be useful as a lesson launcher or cognitive break during a unit on attractiveness, body image, or related topics. See the Social Video page for this video on how standards of beauty have changed over time.

    SOAR Library

    Last—but definitely not least—a new study is up on the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library. If you are advising student research and looking for study participants, consider sharing a link to the study on SOAR. For the new study and more details, please visit the SOAR page on ToPIX and contact Carrie Lloyd for more details.

    Thanks to David, Jessica, Melissa, Matt, Drew, and Carrie for their latest contributions to ToPIX!

  • 06 Mar 2015 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The first draft of the 2015 APA STP Program Grid is available.

  • 27 Feb 2015 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    This handbook consists of two volumes (see Volume 1). In this volume, the chapters provide advisors and students with information about how to prepare for a career in one of the many sub-fields of psychology.  The book is divided into four sections. The first section addresses how to make the decision between a job and graduate school. The second section provides information about careers in basic areas of psychology, e.g., cognitive, physiological.  In the third section, the authors address applied areas of psychology, e.g., clinical, school.  The last section describes how to prepare for a career outside of psychology, e.g., medicine, law. In the companion volume, there are chapters that are intended to provide the reader with ideas on how to organize the advising process, advising students with a wide range of special needs, using the advising process to promote both curricular and extra-curricular activities, what to say in an advising session, and how to assess advising.

    View e-book

  • 16 Feb 2015 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    ACT Program Committee

    STP programming is searching for three people to serve a two-year term on the program committee for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT). The program committee will help the conference director with various tasks before and during the 2015 and 2016 conferences (e.g., reviewing proposals, advertising the conference, introducing keynote speakers). STP will waive the conference registration fees for committee members.  

    If you are interested, please complete the application and email it to Natalie Kerr Lawrence at by March 1. Preference will be given to individuals who have attended this conference in the past but have never served on the program committee.  

  • 29 Jan 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous
    Members of STP can now review the minutes from the 2015 Midwinter EC meeting:

    2015 Midwinter EC Meeting Book.pdf

  • 22 Jan 2015 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    “C’est La Vie: The Game of Social Life: A Role-Playing Game for Teaching about Privilege, Oppression, and Intersectionality” (2015)

    Instructor Resource Guide (Word document)
    Strategy Game (PowerPoint Presentation)

    Author: Kosha D. Bramesfeld
    Institution: Ryerson University
    Description:  This resource is an empathy-based privilege and oppression awareness intervention that can be used to help students engage in difficult dialogues surrounding the issues of privilege, oppression, and intersectionality.  The materials include (a) 64 character profiles and game sheets that describe the demographic characteristics and resources assigned to each player’s character, (b) a strategy game that presents students with a variety of different decision scenarios that interact with their character’s resources (described in a 33-slide presentation), and (c) an instructor’s guide that covers the development of the game, its recommended uses, and a debriefing and discussion points that help students reflect on the outcomes of the game, its connections with real life inequality, and the role that privilege and oppression might play in the students’ own lives.

  • 20 Jan 2015 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    The STP Diversity Committee is searching for new members. The mission of the committee is “to oversee and assess all Society activities related to diversity issues, including but not limited to, diversity in membership, integration of diversity into the curriculum, hiring and retaining a diverse faculty, and attracting members of diverse groups to psychology as a major and a profession.” The Committee’s objective includes “building community among and supporting diversity-oriented scholars and teachers, perhaps beginning with conference discussions/presentations.” The entire group convenes via phone conference biannually; additional meetings are held when necessary. Subcommittees meet as needed to complete set tasks. If you are interested please send your vita and a statement of interest to John Chang at by February 15, 2015.

  • 14 Jan 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous


    (Deadline: January 31, 2015)

    Dear Colleagues,

    I'm writing to invite you to apply for this year's Social Psychology Network award honoring excellence in "action teaching" -- that is, teaching which not only leads to a better understanding of human behavior but to a more compassionate, sustainable, and peaceful world.

    The award is open to all instructors -- student teachers as well as long-time veterans of the classroom -- regardless of learner level (K-12, high school, college, graduate level, or adult learners). Entries may include a student assignment, classroom activity, field experience, or web-based demonstration. For further details, please visit:

    The prize is $1,000, and the winner will be invited to submit an article on the entry to the "Action Teaching" section of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 

    (Tip: Look at winning entries from prior years, archived at, to see what information to include and how to format your entry.)

    If you teach in a creative, socially engaged way, please consider applying for this award!

    Best wishes for 2015,

    Scott Plous

    Professor of Psychology

    SPN Executive Director

  • 14 Jan 2015 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    STP Internet Editor

    Applications are now being accepted for the position of STP Internet Editor. The person selected would work with Jeff Stowell (, STP's current Internet Editor, through the end of 2015. The new person would take over the Internet Editor position in January 2016.
    The Internet Editor (IE) oversees all Society Internet resources, including the Society's Web site and other Internet activities and materials. The IE is appointed by the Executive Committee for a term of five years. Appointment to second five-year term is possible.
    The position includes
    • Assisting the Executive Committee, directors, and committee chairs in edits and updates of the Web page.
    • Serving as primary editorial consultant to OTRP Director for matters involving copyright and other technical standards.
    • Maintaining and revising STP copyright and other technical standards as needed.
    • Directing and supervising Associate Internet Editor duties, including OTRP updates.
    • Serving as a consultant to the STP Executive Committee for matters pertaining to the domain.
    • Serving as consultant/committee member, for E-publishing activities associated with STP.
    • Receiving communications and participate in deliberations on the STP Extended Committee (TOPEC) electronic discussion list.
    • Submitting two semiannual reports to STP's Vice President for Resources on additions/changes to STP’s Internet resources and usage by visitors to the site.
     To apply for the position, please send the following material to STP Vice President for Resources, Sue Frantz at with “Internet Editor application-YOUR NAME” in the Subject line, a letter expressing interest and highlighting experience with web-based technology, and a CV. Letters of reference are NOT requested at this time, but after a candidate is selected for consideration, the Executive Committee of STP may request that the candidate provide three professional references for the position. Self nominations will be accepted. Application deadline is May 1, 2015.

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