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  • 31 Mar 2014 10:26 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Industrial Psychology in the News Page and the Song List.

    Assistant ToPIX Editor, Jessica Hartnett, posted a link to an NPR column on the Missile Crew cheating scandal. These are individuals charged with launching nuclear attacks. Jessica notes that this story could be used to explain organizational culture and counterproductive work behaviors that result from corrupt culture. See more at Thanks, Jessica!

    Some Taylor Swift (“I Knew You Were Trouble”) was added to the Song List in the context of the hindsight bias. Check it at

    Thanks, as always, to Jessica for her 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: (

  • 28 Mar 2014 5:02 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Abnormality in Italy (2013)

    Author: Irene Lopez
    Affiliation: Kenyon College

    Cross Cultural Psychology (2013)

    Author: Irene Lopez
    Affiliation: Kenyon College

    Welcome to Lifespan Development! (2014)

    Author: Christine Harrington
    Affiliation: Middlesex County College

    Seminario Trabajo de Graduación Ciclo: II (2013)

    Author: Judith Gibbons
    Affiliation: Universidad Del Valle De Guatemala

  • 28 Mar 2014 10:32 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Plagiarism Prevention Tutorial: How to Avoid Common Forms of Plagiarism (2014)

    Introduction to Plagiarism Prevention Tutorial
    Plagiarism Prevention Tutorial
    Plagiarism Prevention Quiz Questions
    Plagiarism Prevention Quiz Key (requires login)

    Author: Kosha Bramesfeld
    Affiliation: Ryerson University
    Description: The 78-slide tutorial discusses common errors that can lead to plagiarism, including (a) failure to properly cite sources, (b) overreliance on the words or organizational structure of someone else’s work, and (c) overuse of other people’s work, at the expense of one’s own contributions. Students learn how to correct these errors as they progress through five sections of the tutorial: (1) What is plagiarism? (2) Citing sources using APA style, (3) Paraphrasing information, (4) Making it your own, and (5) Preparing a list of references. The resource includes an introduction describing the tutorial and a pool of true-false and multiple choice quiz questions. The answer key for the quiz can be found by accessing the resource after logging into the members-only site or by e-mailing the author.
  • 12 Mar 2014 8:13 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    STP is pleased to announce that they will be extending the funding for the Conference Speaker Grant Program to eight conferences this year. We have already awarded five conferences, so please submit your application as soon as possible. First come, first served. For questions about this program, please contact Aaron Richmond at
  • 03 Mar 2014 10:38 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    Positions open for:
    • Director of Regional Programming
    • Assistant Editor for ToPIX
    • OTRP Assistant Director
  • 28 Feb 2014 10:44 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the History Video, Research Methods in the News, Neuroscience in the News, and I/O Video pages.

    Michael Britt posted a link to a podcast episode on asylums in the 1800s. The episode features historian Dr. Jennifer Bazar, and covers the case of Nellie Bly, hydrotherapy, sexual surgeries, and working conditions. Check it out on the History Videos page. Thanks, Michael!

    Erica Noles passed along an NPR column on the placebo effect. Recent findings reveal that asthma patients show improvements even when aware they are taking a placebo. See more on the Research Methods in the News page. Two months in a row! Thanks, Erica!

    Leslee Koritzke (via PSYCHTEACHER on 2/01/2014) shared a Los Angeles Times article on H.M.. Spoiler alert: the new developments involve his hippocampus. Follow the link to the Neuroscience in the News page. Good find, Leslee!

    Lastly, an amusing (depending on your sense of humor, I suppose) music video called “The Wall Street Strut” was posted to the I/O Videos page. The video could be used in lessons concerning work satisfaction, workload, burnout, and the like.

    Thanks again to Michael, Erica, and Leslee 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, feel free to send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 18 Feb 2014 4:02 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Mary Kite’s Activities for Teaching about Prejudice and Discrimination (2013) received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award competition.  For more details see:

  • 03 Feb 2014 10:37 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Gender and Counseling (2013)

    Author: Judith Gibbons
    Affiliation: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • 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: ( 

  • 22 Jan 2014 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    I’m writing with a few updates on the STP website:

    Job board.  In the last 6 months a lot of job postings have come through on PsychTeacher. I’m pretty happy to see enough of an uptick in the economy that institutions are hiring again!  While you can certainly still post job ads to PsychTeacher, we’ve created a spot on the STP website where STP members can post job ads and everyone, not just STP members, can read them – all in one place.  On the STP website, you can find them under “News” in the main menu at the top of the page.  If you are posting a job ad, log into the STP website, and you’ll automatically be granted permission to post.  The STP executive director, Ted Bosack, will check in on the job board periodically to keep it cleaned up so only the current job ads are there.

    If you’re not an STP member, please join.  It’s only $25/year, and, no, you don’t have to be a member of APA to be a member of STP.  Isn’t PsychTeacher alone worth 50 cents a week?  


    The STP Executive Committee wants to hear your comments and suggestions.  We have created a new page titled – get this -- “Comments and Suggestions.” You can find it under “About” in the main menu.  If you have ideas on how we can better serve you, please leave your comments and your suggestions.  (On a personal note, please visit this page at least once.  It took me an hour to figure out the scripting that would allow form responses to be emailed to both STP’s executive director and president.  I’d really appreciate if at least a few people filled out the form so that I can feel like it was an hour well spent. Thanks!)  (Side note for the ultra-geeks: If you want to know how to make this work with Google Forms, drop me an email at

    Also, but less significantly, we deleted “Leadership” from the main menu on the STP website. Everything that used to be there can now be found under “About”.    

    If you have questions or comments, say, about these changes, you can email me off list – or, hey, here’s an idea!  You can visit the new “Comments and Suggestions” form:

    Your STP Vice President for Resources,


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