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  • October 31, 2012
  • 10:30 AM

Behavioral Antecedents of Participation in Social Mentoring Networks

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Lee and Jeong[1] explore behavioral antecedents of social mentoring networks, which are defined as informal mentoring that occurs primarily through an social networking website (like Facebook).  They identify the Theory of Planned Behavior, which posits that human behavior is the result of reasoned consideration of [...]
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  • October 10, 2012
  • 10:30 AM

Why Do People Play Online Social Games?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a recent article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Lee, Lee and Choi[1] investigate why people are attracted to online social games.  They identify 6 dimensions describing motivation to play such games: social interaction, self-presentation, fantasy/role playing, passing time/escapism, entertainment, and challenge/competition.  Interestingly, social gamers do not report that they play such games to [...]
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  • October 5, 2012
  • 01:42 AM

Technology Is Rapidly Lowering the Cost of Testing

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

People may view this as something for the good news/bad news file, but technology has quietly made it significantly easier to grade tests electronically. For example, a new paper in the Journal of Science Education and Technology highlights a system called “Eyegrade” : While most current solutions are based on expensive scanners, Eyegrade offers a [...]... Read more »

  • October 3, 2012
  • 01:21 AM

Smaller Class Sizes May Disproportionately Benefit the Strongest Students

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Mandating smaller class sizes is a popular idea for raising academic achievement, and some of the most well-known support for the it comes from the STAR program — an initiative in Tennessee in the late 1980s in which over 11,000 K-3 students were randomly assigned to small classes (13-17 students), regular classes (22-25), or regular [...]... Read more »

  • September 22, 2012
  • 02:26 PM

Can Video Games Teach Kids “Grit”?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

KIPP’s character report card and Paul Tough’s new book have laudably placed an emphasis on how emotional skills and character traits (e.g. persistence, curiosity, optimism, etc.) influence a child’s academic trajectory. Yet the question remains, will our education system make a real effort to emphasize these new ideas, or will they join things like Carol [...]... Read more »

  • September 21, 2012
  • 07:00 PM

A Tale of Two Memories: Long-Term Memory and “Google Memory”

by S. Garrity Guenther in

The Google Effect proposes that the availability of information on the Internet is impairing our ability to remember information. Though there are very clear cognitive consequences, not all are negative.... Read more »

  • September 21, 2012
  • 10:44 AM

Edward Maibach on the Sticky Problem of Misinformation

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

“When it’s really important to educate the public about an issue, the most reliable means we have is simple, clear messages repeated often by a variety of trusted sources,” says ... Read more »

Lewandowsky, s., Ecker,U. K. H. Seifert,C.M., Schwarz,N., and Cook, J. (2012) Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13(3), 106-131. DOI: 10.1177/1529100612451018  

  • September 19, 2012
  • 10:30 AM

Lack of Sleep May Lead to Wasted Time on the Internet at Work

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a fascinating new paper appearing in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Wagner, Barnes, Lim and Ferris[1] investigate the link between lack of sleep and the amount of time that employees will spend wasting time on the Internet while at work – a phenomenon called cyberloafing.  Using two studies – one using historical search data [...]
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D.T. Wagner, C.M. Barnes, V.K.G. Lim, & D.L. Ferris. (2012) Lost sleep and cyberloafing: Evidence from the laboratory and a daylight saving time quasi-experiment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 1068-1076. info:/10.1037/a0027557

  • August 9, 2012
  • 05:50 AM

Encourage students into science by targeting their parents

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Whereas most previous research has focused on ways to make school science lessons more engaging and inclusive, Judith Marackiewicz and her colleagues took a different approach and sent two glossy brochures and a web-site password to the parents of 81 boys and girls (aged approximately 16) at 108 schools in the Wisconsin area. The first brochure "Making Connections: Helping Your Teen Find Value in School" was delivered when the school pupils were in their 10th grade (aged about 16 years), ........ Read more »

  • July 29, 2012
  • 05:16 PM

Algebra Is Necessary, But What About How It’s Taught?

by Melanie Tannenbaum in PsySociety

In a recent New York Times op-ed, Andrew Hacker suggested that the typical math curriculum might not really be a necessary aspect of modern education — at least, not in the form that it currently takes. Hacker suggests that the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Rogers, T.B., Kuiper, N.A., & Kirker, W.S. (1977) Self-Reference and the Encoding of Personal Information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1037//0022-3514.35.9.677  

Klein, S. B., & Loftus, J. (1988) The nature of self-referrent encoding: The contribution of elaborative and organizational processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. info:/

Wason, P. C., & Shapiro, D. (1971) Natural and contrived experience in a reasoning problem. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/00335557143000068  

  • July 27, 2012
  • 12:58 PM

Cell Phone Anxiety: Extended Edition

by Mitchell Harden in Mitch's Blog

Yesterday I posted some research about cell phone anxiety. You may have noticed that while I referenced a science journal article I didn't talk much about the results. Indeed, the only results I listed were descriptive (basic counting that describes a behavior) and qualitative (as opposed to quantitative). This is because of some fundamental flaws with the data as described in the article. So for those of you interested in such things here is the extended review enumerating three big problems I ........ Read more »

  • July 26, 2012
  • 02:54 PM

Cell Phone Anxiety

by Mitchell Harden in Mitch's Blog

Earlier I wrote about cell phone rudeness in the classroom. In that post I mentioned that asking students to go without cell phones is like asking them to go without friends. That statement generated a lot of interest from faculty and students int he comments, on facebook, and in person so I thought I would share a little bit of research that backs up my statement.In a recently published article (see below for reference) Dorothy Skierkowski and Rebecca Wood tracked college-aged youth's anxiety ........ Read more »

  • July 14, 2012
  • 05:48 AM

Brain Responses to Virtual Reality-Induced Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

What is it like to experience the frightening auditory and visual hallucinations characteristic of schizophrenia? Yellowlees and Cook (2006) developed a virtual reality program in Second Life based on interviews with schizophrenic patients. The researchers used this as a tool to educate the general public about schizophrenia, in order to increase understanding and reduce stigma. A video sample of the program can be viewed below.As you can see, these hallucinations are straight out of a horror mo........ Read more »

Yellowlees PM, & Cook JN. (2006) Education about hallucinations using an internet virtual reality system: a qualitative survey. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 30(6), 534-9. PMID: 17139026  

  • July 9, 2012
  • 01:30 PM

Teaching Genetics: Bye Bye Mendel?

by GDW in The Beast, the Bard and the Bot

Most introductory genetics courses follow a similar structure: base it on Mendel. Students are introduced to the experiments of the Austrian monk and using these as foundation, are taught transmission genetics. Trait inheritance, dominant and recessive alleles, chromosomes, and so … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 24, 2012
  • 12:43 AM

The Gatekeepers of Sunlight

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Managing the amount of energy from the sun that enters our planet's atmosphere may well be the only saving grace we have left from global warming. But that doesn't mean that what researchers call solar radiation management is any less controversial in scientific and public spheres.
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David Keith. (1992) A serious look at geoengineering. Transactions, American Geophysical. DOI: 10.1029/91EO00231  

  • June 10, 2012
  • 10:07 AM

Does #exergame experience impact movement quantity and quality? (study)

by Stephen Yang in ExerGame Lab

I often wonder if previous experience in playing an #exergame impacts the overall experience and success of game play. Levac et al. also wanted to know whether motivation to succeed at the game...

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  • May 30, 2012
  • 12:32 AM

What is Science Literacy?

by Steve Easterbrook in Serendipity

A few people today have pointed me at the new paper by Dan Kahan & colleagues (1), which explores competing explanations for why lots of people don’t regard climate change as a serious problem. I’ve blogged about Dan’s work before – the studies they do are very well designed, and address important questions. If you’re [...]... Read more »

Kahan, D., Peters, E., Wittlin, M., Slovic, P., Ouellette, L., Braman, D., & Mandel, G. (2012) The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1547  

Maienschein, J. (1998) Scientific Literacy. Science, 281(5379), 917-917. DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.917  

William F. McComas. (1998) The Principle Elements of the Nature of Science: Dispelling the Myths. The Nature of Science in Science Education. info:/

  • May 23, 2012
  • 10:30 AM

Even If Job Applicants Cheat, Online Testing May Still Increase Job Performance

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

When hiring with online tests (a concept called unproctored internet testing [UIT]), one of the biggest worries is that test-takers will cheat. A home computer is just about as “unsecured” a testing environment as possible, so test-takers have many options to deceive their potential employers: looking up answers on the Internet or getting a friend [...]
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  • May 19, 2012
  • 10:23 AM

Chances Are, What You Know About Eating Disorders is Wrong

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders

Although clinicians (and medical professionals not specializing in eating disorders) often carry a lot of false beliefs about EDs, the public is even worse. Way worse. The portrayal of eating disorders in the news contributes to the myriad of myths and misconceptions that surround EDs. O’Hara and Smith wanted to find out how exactly newspapers “contribute to shaping public perception of EDs.” It is awful when doctors are dismissive and ignorant, but what’s even worse sometimes is when ........ Read more »

  • May 19, 2012
  • 02:54 AM

The Magic Of the Unknown

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Earlier in the week I caught some of a Stuart Firestein talk about the origin of his new pop-science book, Ignorance: How it Drives Science. The idea for the book came out of a class he taught at Columbia in which each week a professor from a different field would come in and lecture about [...]... Read more »

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