Saturday, January 5, 2013

How psychology can fix our government

Hello THSP readers! I hope you all have enjoyed as lovely a holiday break as I did, and I am slowly getting back into both teaching and blogging modes. Hope you enjoy the video below! --Steve

I wanted to share this excellent TED talk with you by Diane Halpern. She is the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology and Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, but Diane is also a former president of the APA and a great friend of high school psychology, having served as a faculty adviser to the TOPSS board. In addition, she is the co-author (with Michael Gazzaniga and Todd Heatherton) of a terrific intro psych textbook, Psychological Science.

This TED talk is very timely and a great way for us to show students how psychological principles can (and should) be used in the real world. Diane's talk is completely in keeping with the APA's mission: "to advance psychology as a science, a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare." This is an excellent way of doing just that! (If you cannot see the video embedded below, click here.)

--posted by Steve

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