This final ToPIX update of 2014 includes additions to In the News pages (I/O Psychology and Statistics), Video pages (History, Therapy, Developmental, Research Methods), Social in the Classroom, Online Resources for the Use of Story, Evaluating Online Resources, and the APA Guidelines 2.0 page.
I/O Psychology in the News
Jessica Hartnett posted links to the NY Post's story, "FDNY drops physical test requirement amid low female hiring rate.” This story covers the recent decision to change job selection measures in order to encourage gender equality in the FDNY. Jessica also shared NPR's "Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107.” While this story is a remembrance of Mae Keane, it serves to personalize the "Radium Girls". These were women employed by the U.S. Radium Corporation who ingested radium in order to keep their jobs (painting watch dials so they would glow in the dark). They later sued their employer and influenced government regulations on the handling of radium. It is a good example of work place safety and health as well as government regulations. Also, Jessica passed along Slate's "Dumbing It Down in the Cockpit." This story touches upon training and human factors. It discusses how increasing use of autopilot features in aircraft may be decreasing pilot skills. Explanations for why this might happen include discussions of mindfulness/mindlessness and cognitive psychology. Check out these new stories on the I/O Psychology in the News page.
Statistics in the News
Jessica also shared “Hall vs. Florida: IQ, the death penalty, and margin of error” (via notawfulandboring.blogspot.com). This blog post summarizes Hall vs. Florida, a US Supreme Court case based whether or not it is reasonable to have hard cut-off points for IQ tests when those tests have margins of error. Specifically, this case tests those cut-off points in a death penalty case in Florida. Go to the Statistics in the News page for this. As always, thanks to Jessica for her frequent posts!
Michael Britt shared a video from his podcast, The Psych Files. In this episode, he attempts to explain away the myth, “Did B.F. Skinner Raise his Daughter in a Skinner Box?” by way of an animated interview with Dr. Skinner himself. Intro and History & Systems instructors alike, see this on the History Video page. Michael, thank you for your regular contributions to ToPIX!
Check out a Whiteboard video by the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides an overview of what it means for treatments to be considered “evidence-based.” Go to the Therapy Video page to see this short video.
Thanks to Kellie MP for sharing 'Raising My Rainbow': Bringing a child up free of gender parameters on the STP Facebook Group (11/04/2014). This video may be edgy for some, but it might get your students interested in discussing gender roles in early childhood. Check it!
Research Methods Video
Are you teaching Research Methods, or exposing students to various philosophies and viewpoints in your courses? If so, check out the YouTube video, “Feminist Psychologists talk about… Research Methods.” In this short video, feminist psychologists discuss research methods. Among the questions raised: How does our choice of methods affect what we can come to know through our research? What are some concerns feminist psychologists have about the way psychological research has traditionally been conducted? Are qualitative methods more 'feminist' than quantitative methods? What makes certain research questions more feminist than others? Thanks Kelli Vaughn-Johnson via the STP Facebook Group (12/3/2014). Here is the link.
Social in the Classroom
A few resources on segregation and simulations of related phenomena were posted to the Social in the Classroom page. A link to an online segregation simulation, "Parable of the Polygons": A Story of How Harmless Choices Can Make a Harmful World” as well as the papers (Schelling, 1971; Clark, 1991) can be found there. These resources can supplement discussion in Social Psychology courses.
Online Resources for the Use of Story
Thanks to Carole Fegan for emailing a link with a guide to Storytelling, Organizations, Institutes, and Events, as well as other storytelling sites. This was uploaded to the Online Resources for the Use of Story page.
Evaluating Online Sources
Rachelle Lipschultz Tannenbaum mentioned (via the STP Facebook Group, 11/3/2014) the CRAAP Method for evaluating websites. Students can evaluate websites using this method. Instructors can implement this approach by giving students a list of sites to choose from, some that are high quality and some that are popular -- but low quality. For more on CRAAP, see the Evaluating Online Sources page!
APA Guidelines 2.0 Resources
Finally, a big thanks goes out to Drew Appleby. He shared resources related to his presentation "Skills-Based Advising Strategies to Enable Job-Seeking College Students to Be Hired, Be Promoted, and Keep their Jobs.” If you were not at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching this past October, you missed out. We appreciate Drew’s willingness to share his PowerPoint slides and a few handouts (i.e., Job Skills Handout, examples of a Skills-Based cover letter and Resume) for the rest of us. Check out these materials at the Guidelines 2.0 main page, Guidelines 2.0 Powerpoint page, and Guidelines 2.0 Handouts page.
Thanks to Jessica, Michael, Kellie, Kelli, Carole, Rachelle, and Drew for contributing to ToPIX!
And thank you to all the ToPIX contributors in 2014.