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  • 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.
  • 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: (

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