Thursday, March 28, 2013

Can You Handle More on Phineas?

Most of us have seen and seen again so much about our "poster boy" of brain damage, Phineas Gage--we've even included a few posts about him in our blog:

Recently, the folks at Mind Hacks did another followup linked here:

In the comments, I found these links from Vermont and their claim to Phineas:
The Phineas Gage Info Page

The 150th Anniversary Page

The Phineas Gage Memorial

The Rutland, Vermont Newspaper Story

More links:

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Psychology of Magic

For AP teachers, this probably falls in the category of "something to do after the exam," but I think it could be fascinating: I'm reading more and more lately about partnerships between psychological researchers and magicians/illusionists and how these collaborations are producing some unexpected findings in the areas of selective attention and sensation & perception. A few examples (not an exhaustive list!)

It's very possible that you have some kiddos in your classes who are/were interested in magic as a hobby, and/or a local amateur magician who wouldn't mind demonstrating some tricks for your class. If anyone uses any of this, please let me know - I'm thinking this might be our first psychology club activity next year!

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posted by Rob McEntarffer

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The return of AP Psych review

It's back! Last year there was a wonderful global experiment called #appsychreview and it's coming back again in 2013. I would like to officially get it started again this Monday, March 25 and continue through May 6.

  • What is this? The idea is to offer students anywhere the chance to get some help reviewing for the AP Psych exam. 
  • How will students get help? They can simply post their questions on Twitter, adding #appsychreview as a hashtag (#) at the end of their question. 
  • Who will answer the questions? I will - and as I discovered last year - so will more than a dozen other AP Psych teachers. 

ONE PLEA FROM ME: I beg you NOT to tell your students to post ALL of their questions this way. Last year a teacher misunderstood and gave extra credit to his students for asking a question, which resulted in dozens of questions being posted in just a few minutes. Also, if the student has a question like "Who is Piaget" we're probably going to refer them to their textbook or to Wikipedia, as opposed to a student who asks something like "How can I remember the difference between proactive and retroactive interference?"

If you want to follow the madness or jump in and answer questions, feel free to visit this link - we'd love to have you!

--posted by Steve

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

THSP is a Top Psychology Blog

Best Psychology Blogs 2012
Our Teaching High School Psychology blog has been named a "Top 30 Psychology Blog for 2012" by the Website ""  We are in very good company along with Mind Hacks, Psychology Today and the British Psychological Society.

The rest of our esteemed colleagues can be found at this link: 

We thank the editors of that site for this honor.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Guide to the Brain--Scientific American Mind

I recently rediscovered these two links and videos that will likely be helpful for AP review.  Check them out and enjoy.

Social Cues in the Brain [Interactive]

Memory in the Brain [Interactive]

 posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, March 11, 2013

Brain Awareness Week March 11-17, 2013

Here are a few links for celebrating this year's Brain Awareness Week

Neuroscience for Kids

Brain Awareness on Facebook

The Brain Institute at University of Utah

Aspen Brain Forum
This last site has many links to other sites and activities

Enjoy your brain awareness week whether you honor brains this week or another time during your respective school years.

Posted by Chuck Schallhorn