This mini lesson on validity discusses different types of validity, and provides activities for students to design a Likert scale, and generate alternative measures to assess the quality of relationships. This mini lesson may be used in a Research Methods or Experimental Psychology course. Mini Lesson on Validity
This is a mini lesson on independent and dependent variables. It includes an activity involving extroversion and the number of Facebook friends for students to practice identifying variables, discuss the validity, reliability, and confounds of the study. This resource may be used in a Research Methods and Experimental Psychology course. Mini Lesson on Variables The following excel file sets up… Read more »
This mini lesson on quasi-experimental design is aimed to teach students how to identify the difference between experimental and quasi-experimental design. It also includes an activity to practice generating ways to control for confounds in an quasi-experimental design. This resource can be used in a Research Methods and Experimental Psychology course. Mini Lesson on Quasi-Experimental Design
This Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) on adolescent brain science and judicial decisions provides information about landmark court decisions and key findings from neuroscience research on the adolescent brain. This resource would be appropriate for use in a Developmental Psychology or Adolescent Psychology course. Content Acquisition Podcast on Adolescent Brain Science and Judicial Decisions
This is a brief CAP on an empirically supported treatment for PTSD known as Prolonged Exposure Therapy. This would be appropriate for use in an Abnormal Psychology course.
This is a short CAP on Complex-PTSD, which might be useful to use as supplemental material for a Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders section in an Abnormal Psychology course. It discusses the etiology, symptoms, and prognosis of Complex-PTSD (with some comparison to PTSD).
This is an approximately 5 minute lesson on Sampling Methods. It contains information on probability (including random, stratified, systematic, and random cluster sampling) and nonprobability (including convenience, purposive, expert, and snowball sampling) sampling and examples of each. One set of examples specifically reference the instructor’s own research. However, no specific background on this is necessary. It is appropriate for a… Read more »
Students in the 2018 Teaching of Psychology Seminar and Practicum generated discussion questions to use with primary source readings in their courses. Here is a compiled list of their suggestions. For inspiring ideas for activities to accompany articles in Current Directions in Psychological Science, we encourage you to check out the journal Teaching Current Directions at https://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/teaching-current-directions
Thanks to Aysenur Benevento, Teresa Ober, and Christen Madsen for contributing materials. We have uploaded slides that provide activities for (1) operationalizing a variable, (2) teaching students how to compute odds ratios, and (3) graphing data, as well as providing links to other resources for infusing your psychology class with quantitative reasoning. For the serial position effect demo, here are… Read more »
Here are links to some TED talks that you might want to include as homework with discussion questions to spur conversations about psychology in relation to real life. TED Talk BB