This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Personality Video, Psychology Humor, and Development in the Classroom pages, and the posting of a new page: Post-Exam Debrief.
Michael Britt posted a video useful for those teaching Freudian Defense Mechanisms. Michael calls Freud, a tech support assistant, and the video call demonstrates denial, sublimation, regression, reaction formation, dream analysis, and catharsis. Check it out on the Personality Videos page. Since it is quite funny, you can also find on the Psychology Humor page. Thanks, Michael!
A tip of the hat goes to Nick Schmitt for his reminder (via PSYCHTEACHER) of the many spurious correlations on the Tyler Vigen site. If you do not have the time to scroll through the over 24,000 correlations, just remember divorce and margarine consumption. This link is also on the Psychology Humor page. Thanks, Nick!
Beth Benoit shared a handout, “Do Perfect Parents Make Perfect Children?” (via TIPS). This can be used to stimulate discussion in Developmental Psychology or lessons or correlation, socialization/genetics, and so on. All documents are available on the Development in the Classroom page. Thanks for sharing this again, Beth!
A lively discussion about what instructors can do for students after exams motivated the creation of a new page, Post-Exam Debrief. This page includes video and audio resources, weblinks, activities, and a discussion of study strategies. Thanks go out to Debbie Podwika, Stephen Chew, Bill Altman, Amanda Matoushek, Alex Beaujean, Jeff Platt, and RaLynn Schmalzried Schmidt for their contributions on the PSYCHTEACHER listserv.
Lastly, if you are advising student research in Research Methods or in an independent study course, consider utilizing the SOAR Library on ToPIX. The SOAR library is centralized bulletin board to promote student research conducted online. For more details, please consult the criteria for inclusion and direct any questions to ToPIX Assistant Editor, Carrie Lloyd. See the SOAR Library page for more details.
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)