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 Goals. This 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.
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.
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!