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Whittington, Brandon L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Although cell phones are often discussed as a problem in higher education research, the literature focuses largely on disciplinary tactics or integration of phones into the curriculum. The present study provides further support for the use of positive reinforcement to minimize the negative effects of cell phones in the classroom. A…
Descriptors: Psychology, Classroom Environment, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications
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Cavanaugh, Courtenay E. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Teachers of psychology have been called to both educate college students about interpersonal violence (e.g., sexual assault) and use service learning. However, few models exist for how teachers may simultaneously address both of these calls. This article describes a service-learning course in psychology that integrated an evidence-based, bystander…
Descriptors: Rape, Prevention, Psychology, Service Learning
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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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Hoyer, Dennis; Correia, Christopher J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The misuse of prescription medications has emerged as a national public health concern. Epidemiological studies suggest that college students are at an elevated risk to engage in nonmedical use of several medications, including stimulants and central nervous system depressants. Teachers can easily integrate material related to the nonmedical use…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Correlation, Drug Abuse
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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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Petrunich-Rutherford, Maureen L.; Daniel, Frances – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The current study investigated whether collaborative quizzing impacted quiz performance, overall grades, exam grades, pass/fail rates, and attendance in upper-level psychology courses. Students enrolled in two sections of upper-level psychology courses completed collaborative quizzes, whereas students enrolled in two noncollaborative sections…
Descriptors: Psychology, Attendance, Tests, Grades (Scholastic)
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Strait, Gerald G.; Williams, Christopher; Peters, Christopher – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
In this study, we used a randomized control trial (N = 84) to evaluate the effects of a classroom-based motivational interviewing intervention on undergraduate psychology students' test performance. Results indicated that students in the treatment group (n = 38) demonstrated significant increases in their exam grades following the intervention (d…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Intervention, Motivation, Interviews
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Sheen, Mercedes; Yekani, Hajar Aman Key; Jordan, Timothy R. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Recent research compared the use of case studies to online discussion boards to teach about anxiety disorders. The current study extends this research to mood disorders, reports pretest and posttest scores on four learning outcomes, and compares midterm exam scores from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 when case studies and online discussion boards were…
Descriptors: Psychology, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Case Studies
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Kelley, Matthew R.; Chapman-Orr, Elizabeth K.; Calkins, Susanna; Lemke, Robert J. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
The present study explored the generation and retrieval practice effects within a college classroom using a free, online tool called PeerWise (PW). PW allows students to create their own multiple-choice questions, share them with peers, and answer the shared questions written by their peers. Forty students from two sections of an upper level…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Computer Uses in Education, Cognitive Psychology, Memory
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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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Lammers, William J.; Byrd, Alleshia A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
We evaluated whether gender (masculinity/femininity) rather than biological sex would better predict student-instructor rapport. University students (104 men, 97 women) considered either a feminine hypothetical instructor or a masculine hypothetical instructor and rate their expected rapport with that instructor. The Bem Sex Role Inventory…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Gender Differences, Masculinity, Femininity
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Rhodes, Matthew G. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Metacognition refers to a set of processes an individual uses in monitoring ongoing cognition so as to effectively control his or her own behavior. In this article, I discuss key frameworks for characterizing metacognition and describe approaches to measuring metacognition. Modern research in metacognition assumes that monitoring of cognition…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Learning Processes, Accuracy, Concept Formation
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Miller, Erin Morris – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Skill in statistical analysis and interpretation are key areas of expertise for psychology majors seeking graduate school admittance and future employment. However, students can be reluctant to engage in their statistics course and may struggle to find success. One possible way to increase engagement and student learning is to teach in a way that…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Achievement, Psychology, Majors (Students)
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