Monday, April 20, 2009

Psychology Food

In over 30 years of teaching, I've yet to see a psychology lab/demonstration involving food that has failed. Whether it's M&Ms, Starbursts, or Tootsie Rolls, students always seem to like these activities.

While most of the items I have listed below do not have a direct curricular purpose, they are lots of fun and add to the classroom experience. If you have developed a learning activity using the items below or you have additional food ideas to share, please leave a comment.

Watermelon Flavored Sigmund Freud Head Lollipops

Always a great addition to the personality or therapy unit. Occasionally my classes get into a discussion regarding the Freudian interpretation of this candy. For more information or to order the lollipops go to

Musk Life Savers

In Australia, musk is considered both a flavor and smell. Use these when discussing taste, adaptation, culture, development, etc. A practical bit of advise; break the life savors up into smaller bits. Most students will spit the life savor out after a few seconds. To order go to

Brain Gelatin Mold

For your next lecture on the brain, create your own close to life size brain made from Jello. The mold even gives instructions on how to create a lifelike color for your brain. Image your students eyes when, at the end of your lecture, you start eating your brain model. To order go to

Neuro-Mart Website

Looking for that special item for Brain Awareness Week? The Neuro-Mart website has a large number of brain-related items many of which include food such as gummy brains, brain lollipops, marshmallow brains, and more. To order go to

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