Recent research in Psychology

Having fun with Psychology

One of the factors that makes Psychology such fun to teach is that there are always new findings being published and spoken about, some more reliable than others, but all worth looking at and occasionally adding to your lesson. For example, today new research was published concerning the mechanism that repairs the brain after a stroke. 

If you are teaching about the biological level of analysis, you could link this nicely to neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor’s presentation regarding her stroke.  She has made an amazing recovery from a very serious stroke and describes it very eloquently.

Recent research from cognitive psychologists has shown that by the age of five years old, children become wary of information from adults who appear over-confident. So if you want a small child to believe you, it is best to be hesitant.  This is counter-intuitive and shows that youngsters are easily able to detect a confidence trickster.

Alison Gopnik’s introduction to the thinking of babies and young children is an excellent TED talk that relates well to this.

Finally, what about the sociocultural approach to research? In other people can tell when your partner is cheating on you  Nathaniel Lambert explores how to watch interactions between a couple and know if one of them is cheating.  Maybe the following talk by Pamela Meyer on How to spot a liar would be useful?

Have fun!

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