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May 27, 2012

Celebrating Psychology! #aps2012


We are celebrating the launching of our new textbook: “Discovering Psychology: the Science of Mind”! Great food and wonderful conversations punctuated Friday evening at the historic and picturesque Adler Planetarium.


A wonderful time was had by all!

April 25, 2012

intropsych on twitter @intropsych

Filed under: Psychology,Teaching Psychology,Textbook Publishing — Laura Freberg @ 6:58 am

To help launch John Cacioppo and my new textbook  “Discovering Psychology: the Science of Mind”,  I will be ‘tweeting’ and ‘re-tweeting’ blogs and news articles that I hope you find helpful. Psychology has much to offer our world and to each of us… if nothing more than helping us  in ‘the pursuit of happiness.’

Thought for today: I am reminded in “Talks to Teachers”, Professor William James advises (1899):

“Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, to look around cheerfully, and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there. If such conduct does not make you soon feel cheerful, nothing else on that occasion can….to wrestle with a bad feeling only pins our attention to it, and keeps it still fastened in the mind: whereas, if we act as if from some better feeling, the old bad feeling soon folds its tent… and silently steals away.”

March 17, 2012

readings in psychology for 17 march 2012

John Cacioppo’s and my new textbook! (Click on the picture to read more)

Here is what I am reading today:

“”This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior,” said senior author Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.”

“If there’s supposed to be a stigma attached to living with mom and dad through one’s late twenties or early thirties, today’s “boomerang generation” didn’t get that memo. Among the three-in-ten young adults ages 25 to 34 (29%) who’ve been in that situation during the rough economy of recent years, large majorities say they’re satisfied with their living arrangements (78%) and upbeat about their future finances (77%).”

“The administered doses of MEHP, the chemical that results when animals metabolize the industrial phthalate DEHP, were much higher than any normal environmental exposure that people or animals would encounter, said Mary Hixon, assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine (research) in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a study co-author.

“For these doses, you’d have to be eating the plastic or drinking the plastic,” she said. “The real risk is probably minimal for most people.”

But when toxicologists set out to determine the effect of a chemical on an organism, they often start with atypically high doses and work their way down to the levels where any adverse effects disappear. Until now, no one had done such a study on the effects of expo”

“The UCSF-led team made its discovery by studying the impact of smoke on human embryonic stem cellsas they differentiated, or specialized into various cell types, in the culture dish.

They determined that both nicotine and non-nicotine components of tobacco smoke impede the cells from specializing into a broad range of cell types, including those of the blood, heart, musculoskeletal systems and brain.”

“According to research at the Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute at the University of South Florida, alcohol use by college students follows seasonal patterns.

Consumption peaks during holidays, such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s, with the biggest peak of all being spring break week.

“Spring break is a holiday defined by drinking,” said Richard Reich, a researcher at the institute and assistant professor of psychology at USF Sarasota-Manatee.”


February 15, 2012

readings in psychology for 15 february 2012

One of the many occupation memes floating around facebook lately! For those of us who enjoy writing, it does have some truth to it!

Here is what I am reading today:

“Is weight loss “contagious”? According to a new study published online in the journal Obesity, teammates in a team-based weight loss competition significantly influenced each other’s weight loss, suggesting that shedding pounds can have a ripple effect.”

“That day I saw that climbing Mt. Science would always be hard but that the view from the peak was life changing. Now, years later, I see that while my experience is pretty common somehow we have lost that key connection when teaching science to the next generation.”

“UCLA scientists previously developed a brain-imaging tool to help assess the neurological changes associated with these conditions. The UCLA team now reports in the February issue of the journal Archives of Neurology that the brain-scan technique effectively tracked and predicted cognitive decline over a two-year period.

The team has created a chemical marker called FDDNP that binds to both plaque and tangle deposits — the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease — which can then be viewed using a positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan, providing a “window into the brain.” Using this method, researchers are able to pinpoint where in the brain these abnormal protein deposits are accumulating.”

turmeric is more than a spice, it is a drug

“Curcumin, a substance extracted from turmeric, prolongs life and enhances activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimers, according to new research. The study conducted at Linköping University, indicates that it is the initial stages of fibril formation and fragments of the amyloid fibrils that are most toxic to neurons.”

January 31, 2012

a NEW way to Teach & think about Psychology!

CLICK on the above picture to listen to my brief 10 minute interview .

John Cacioppo and I are proud to introduce our new textbook:

Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind. ( March 2012)

CLICK to visit my web pages on our revolutionary new approach to understanding and teaching Psychological Science

This is not your typical ‘modular’ textbook that treats each topic
as a separate, stand-alone unit.

In the spirit of the great American psychologist William James, our
textbook integrates the formerly disparate fields of psychology into an
interrelated, breathing and living discipline. Just as we struggle to
understand the nature of our being, we also study the ways we are
nurtured and how this interaction of nature and nurture changes
over time. We discuss how psychology is also one of the “hub
sciences”–a major contributor to human knowledge and to our
understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Here is how our publisher describes a recorded webinar with John
Cacioppo in which he discusses this new approach:

“We’d like to invite you to view author John Cacioppo’s recorded
webinar on:

The Discipline of Psychology: How it’s changing,
and implications for how psychology is now taught.

Join us!



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