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  • 31 May 2014 1:30 PM | Anonymous


    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Personality in the Classroom, Social Video & Audio, Consciousness in the News Pages and the Song List.


    Ken Carter (via the STP Facebook Group, 5/13/2014) posted a link to an online, self-scoring version of Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale (Zuckerman, Eysenck, & Eysenck, 1978). The self-scoring scale results in a summary statement (e.g., "You're a thrill seeker and you love unusual experiences") and subscores for Boredom Susceptibility, Disinhibition, Experience Seeking, and Thrill & Adventure Seeking. Additionally, the results are combined with those of other test-takers to develop a heat map of sensation-seeker scores by geographical area. More resources on Sensation Seeking can be found on the Personality in the Classroom page. Thanks, Ken!


    Jordan Troisi (via the PSYCHTEACHER listserv, 5/13/2014) shared a link to a Radiolab podcast, “The Bad Show” on the dark side of human nature. Elements of this podcast include commentary on the Milgram studies. Excerpts could be shared in class, or the audio could be posted in its entirety on a course management system. Check it out on the Social Video & Audio page. Thanks, Jordan!

    Erica Noles emailed a link to an NPR story on sleep deprivation in night shift workers, and it was posted to the Consciousness in the News page. Read more there. Thanks again, Erica!


    For those who use music in their lessons, check out the ToPIX Song List here. Some new EDM (electronic dance music) releases were added under the Consciousness and Social Psychology sections.


    Thanks Ken, Jordan, and Erica 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: (

  • 05 May 2014 9:28 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Psychology of Group Prejudice (2014)

    Author: Anna Ropp
    Affiliation: State University of Denver
  • 30 Apr 2014 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Development in the News and Neuroscience in the News pages, and the Song List.

    An NPR column on aging gracefully, “The Grumpy Point: When a Man Turns 70”, was posted to the Development in the News page. This piece could be used to introduce issues in older adulthood.

    Michael Britt posted a link to a Scientific American article “Unraveling the Mystery of How Antidepression Drugs Work” on TIPS. This link was included on the Neuroscience in the News page. Those teaching Biopsychology could use the piece to speak to neurogenesis, or the differences between serotonin and dopamine.

    Check out the Song List. Use your browser’s Search function to find four songs posted courtesy of Jessica Hill. If you are teaching Personality, Learning, or Cognition, you will want to check these out.

    Thanks to Michael and Jessica for contributing 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: (

  • 23 Apr 2014 11:23 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    DSM-5: Using Key Changes to Highlight Critical Teaching Points for Undergraduate Psychology Instructors (2014)

    Authors: Sarah E. Trost, Brian L. Burke, and Joshua Schoenfeld
    Affiliations: Cardinal Stritch University, Fort Lewis College, and St. Joseph’s College
    Description: This 25-page article discusses several changes found in DSM-5, including modification to the definition of a mental disorder, the elimination of multiaxial diagnosis, proposed changes to Personality Disorders, and diagnostic alterations involving childhood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder. The authors provide practical suggestions for teaching these changes to undergraduates.
  • 21 Apr 2014 4:28 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    IRBs and Research on Teaching and Learning (2014)

    Author(s): Ryan C. Martin, Regan A. R. Gurung, and Janie H. Wilson
    Affiliations: University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and Georgia Southern University
    Description: This resource addresses common questions researchers might have about seeking approval from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to conduct research on teaching and learning (often called the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; SoTL).
  • 16 Apr 2014 5:46 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Statistical Literacy Taskforce Learning Goals and Resources (2014)

    Author(s): STP Statistical Literacy Taskforce 2012

    Description: The Taskforce created two sets of statistical literacy standards: one for Introductory Psychology at both the high school and college levels and one for undergraduates majoring in basic and applied psychological science. In addition they created a 40-page annotated list of resources that provides examples of the kinds of resources that might be useful for instructors who want to implement the learning goals. Those resources are organized around the topics of general statistical literacy issues, general teaching resources, specific activities and assignments, technology, assessment, websites with more general resources, and ethics/research methods.

  • 03 Apr 2014 10:08 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Why Does Johnny Tantrum? (2014)

    Introduction to narration (Word)
    Why Does Johnny Trantrum (PowerPoint) 

    Author: Ennio Cipani
    Affiliation: National University
    Description: The PowerPoint file provides an introductory narrated presentation (under 8 min.) on a functional behavioral perspective on human behavior, especially explaining why challenging problem behaviors occur. Dr. Cipani contrasts this approach to understanding human behavior with a more traditional approach. The Word document suggests how to use the narration to stimulate class discussion.

  • 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.
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