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April 26, 2013

Western Psychological Science Conference #wpa13 @PsychScience

Filed under: a current story,Conventions,on-line education — Laura Freberg @ 11:26 am

My presentation on “Be the Scientist”.


My student Nate Honeycutt has an interest in Political Psychology and presented an interesting project involving over 700 faculty participants!


New and old friends from College of the Canyons!

Conferences are great places to make connections and test you research ideas before venturing into publication!

December 6, 2011

readings in psychology for 6 december 2011

Who can not remember this unforgettable scene? It's always hard to pretend to be someone you are not... so don't try.

Here is what i am reading today:

“Surgeons can learn their skills more quickly if they are taught how to control their eye movements. Research led by the University of Exeter shows that trainee surgeons learn technical surgical skills much more quickly and deal better with the stress of the operating theatre if they are taught to mimic the eye movements of experts.”

“Childhood maltreatment is associated with reductions in cerebral gray matter volume, and even if adolescents reporting exposure to maltreatment do not have symptoms that meet full criteria for psychiatric disorders, they may have cerebral gray matter changes that place them at risk for behavioral difficulties, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.”

“The witness points out the criminal in a police lineup. She swears she’d remember that face forever. Then DNA evidence shows she’s got the wrong guy. It happens so frequently that many courts are looking with extreme skepticism at eyewitness testimony.”

“There are many reasons that people decide to pursue a master’s degree. Some do it in order to earn more money in their jobs, while others want to change careers and they need the advanced degree in order to do that.  A website has been receiving a lot of attention lately as a valuable resource guide for people who would like to earn a master’s degree online, and who are looking for information about the various disciplines that are available.”

“It isn’t giving too much away to reveal that all of the criminals in Patricia Cornwell’s new book – and there are several – are female. There is one who hammers nails into a child’s head, another who is a convicted sex offender, and a woman on death row for murdering a family as they slept. Then there is the mother who smothers her children and – my personal favourite – the woman who condemns her victims to long and painful deaths by Botox (she injects food with the botulinum toxin). Meanwhile, men are reduced to mere walk-on roles, emasculated, castrated – not literally, though this process does appear in other Cornwell novels – and cast as helpless husbands and ineffectual police officers.

Red Mist is Cornwell’s 19th Scarpetta novel, the one that will nudge her over the magical 100 million copies mark. It is also the book that coincides with her work finally hitting the big screen. Angelina Jolie has signed up to play Cornwell’s protagonist, Dr Kay Scarpetta, a former chief medical examiner of the state of Virginia and forensic consultant.”

July 2, 2011

readings in psychology for 2nd july 2011

fabulous bread pudding

why is it that I always want what I can't have when I am on a diet?

Here is what I am reading today:

“According to the numbers, the number of daily meals and snacks in 1977 were 3.8 but rose to 4.8 in 2006. However, the top 10 percent of surveys showed that the number of meals and snacks were as high as seven per day. It appears that in the last few years, portion size seems to be stabilizing, however the total number of calories consumed is increasing. A main reason behind this is the daily consumption of more than 220 more calories consumed daily from soft drinks than in years past.”

“The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS) and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) strongly advocate the responsible use of animals in biological and biomedical research. Animal models are vital and irreplaceable for scientific progress and in combating the devastation of human neurological and psychiatric diseases, which affect more than 1 billion people worldwide, and for improving veterinary health. Animal models must be used appropriately and within humane guidelines, carrying out research that maximizes scientific advancement with the least amount of animal suffering. As scientists pursue these advances, we strive to replace and reduce the number of animals wherever scientifically justifiable, and continuously refine experimental procedures to improve animal welfare.”

“In the study, use of fluoxetine in early pregnancy was associated with about a 2-fold increased risk for isolated ventricular septal defects, whereas paroxetine was associated with more than a 4-fold increased risk for right ventricular outflow tract defects.”

With the birth of the world wide web in the early 90’s and the advancement of the search engine-centric manner in which many of us go about our daily lives, it only makes sense that education’s migration towards online education would follow suit. Years ago, the idea that attending online classes would become a viable and respected option to people seeking to earn college degrees would have been laughed at. But like many rapidly advancing elements in our lives, the inherent value of this option, “convenience” has been identified. The tech-savvy word has embraced the concept, fortified its infrastructure and begun putting serious behind bringing real and valued education online.For the most part, on-line education centers on bachelors and master’s degree attainment. A minor portion, but no less surprising, is doctoral programs. Yes, serious scholars are achieving PhD. degrees online. In part or in whole. Today.”

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