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Carmichael, Cheryl L.; Schwartz, Anna M.; Coyle, Maureen A.; Goldberg, Matthew H. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
In two studies, we demonstrate an engaging classroom activity that facilitates student learning about Kohlberg's theory of moral development by using digital resources to foster active, experiential learning. In addition to hearing a standard lecture about moral development, students watched a video of a morally provocative incident, then worked…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Moral Development, Lecture Method, Scores
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Hutcheon, Thomas G.; Lian, Aileen; Richard, Anna – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
To test the impact of the implementation of technology bans on students' experience within a course, we collected data from four sections of Introduction to Psychology at a small liberal arts college in the northeast. In two sections, students were banned from using personal technology devices during lecture. In the other two sections, students…
Descriptors: Psychology, Introductory Courses, Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices
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Clinton, Virginia; Meester, Stacy – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The purpose of this quasi-experiment is to test two different methods for helping students reduce anxiety before an exam. Students in two introductory psychology courses (N = 111) engaged in either a focused breathing exercise or an expressive writing exercise before their final exam. Results indicated that, compared with previous exam…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Introductory Courses, Relaxation Training, Psychology
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Rode, Jacob B.; Ringel, Megan M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The current study examines whether R or SPSS output induces greater initial anxiety in students and whether anxiety toward one or both changes after being taught one type of software output throughout the course. The authors each taught an introductory statistics course, with the first course (n = 43) teaching R output exclusively and the second…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Introductory Courses
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Landrum, R. Eric; Gurung, Regan A. R.; Amsel, Eric – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
We compared the performance of senior psychology majors, introductory psychology students, and similarly aged individuals with no college psychology on seven different outcome measures including multiple-choice knowledge tests, attitudes, and open-ended scenarios requiring qualitative responses. On all measures, both senior psychology majors and…
Descriptors: Psychology, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses, Majors (Students)
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Boysen, Guy A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
American Psychological Association (APA)-style writing is an essential part of the undergraduate psychology curriculum. However, little is known about the effectiveness of specific techniques for instructing students on how to format APA-style citations and references. The current research compared the effectiveness of having students (N = 76)…
Descriptors: Psychology, Citations (References), Writing Skills, Undergraduate Students
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McCann, Lee I.; Ebert, Alexandria R.; Oechsner, Markus; Immel, Kathy R.; Kadah-Ammeter, Tammy L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Three hundred thirty-three Introductory Psychology (IP) students from a 4-year university, 2-year community college, and a technical college provided survey data. Student self-reports significantly differed across schools on hours studied during exam weeks, textbook helpfulness, importance of lecture and class activities, quality and importance of…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Vocational Schools, Two Year Colleges
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Cushen, Patrick J.; Hackathorn, Jana; Vázquez Brown, Maria D.; Rife, Sean C.; Joyce, Amanda W.; Smith, Eric D.; Bordieri, Michael J.; Anderson, Paul W.; Karlsson, Marie E.; Daniels, Jordan – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Students frequently request concept-list study guides prior to exams, but the benefits of instructors providing such resources are unclear. Research on memory and comprehension has suggested that some challenges in learning are associated with benefits to performance. In the context of an introductory psychology course, a study was conducted to…
Descriptors: Test Preparation, Study Guides, Check Lists, Undergraduate Students
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Selterman, Dylan – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
A world-famous classroom exercise gives students the choice between 2 points (the communal option) or 6 points (the overconsumption option) of extra credit toward an assignment in their course, but if more than 10% choose 6 points, no one receives any points. In the current variation, students (N = 795) were also given a third option--to sacrifice…
Descriptors: Altruism, Punishment, Class Activities, Psychology
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White, Holly A.; Highfill, Lauren E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The present study piloted a cognitive exercise program in a college classroom to enhance learning of lecture material. Undergraduate students enrolled in introductory psychology (N = 68) completed variations of letter-number cancelation tasks with spoken instructions in 5-min sessions prior to lecture during four nonconsecutive class periods.…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Lecture Method, Feedback (Response), Program Descriptions
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Pfund, Rory A.; Norcross, John C.; Hailstorks, Robin; Stamm, Karen E.; Christidis, Peggy – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
A robust literature has explored multiple facets of the introductory psychology course, but few studies have examined its purposes, student learning outcomes (SLOs), and assessment practices. The second iteration of the Undergraduate Study in Psychology gathered data on these facets in a nationally representative sample of associate (n = 62) and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Outcomes of Education, Evaluation Methods
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Lawson, Timothy J.; Brown, Maria – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
We developed an assignment that required introductory psychology students to read and evaluate the quality of several sources of information about the causal link between vaccines and autism. To evaluate the effects of this assignment, students in several different introductory courses completed a pretest and posttest in which they evaluated the…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Psychology, Information Literacy, Immunization Programs
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Strelan, Peter – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
This article presents an innovative technique for teaching the principles of experimental design in a way that is entertaining and engaging for students. Following a lecture on experimental design, students participate in an experiment in which the teacher uses a funny segment from a movie to test the influence of implicit social norms. Randomly…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation
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Lloyd, E. Paige; Walker, Ryan J.; Metz, Molly A.; Diekman, Amanda B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Although previous research has demonstrated that guided testing (i.e., self-testing) and question generation effectively increase retention compared to control methods, no work has simultaneously implemented both strategies in the classroom. In a semester-long study designed to maximize experimental control in a naturalistic setting, we adapted…
Descriptors: Review (Reexamination), Testing, Questioning Techniques, Comparative Analysis
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Nevid, Jeffrey S.; Gordon, Alexander J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
The present study hypothesized that requiring use of an integrated learning system (ILS) would yield a learning benefit in a classroom situation. Two sections of an introductory psychology course taught by the same instructor and using the same text and exams differed with respect to whether online quizzing and concept mastery exercises in an ILS…
Descriptors: Integrated Learning Systems, Educational Benefits, Introductory Courses, Psychology
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