Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Profound Importance of Familiar Cookies

By Tom Bartlett

“… people are much more likely to choose familiar chocolate-chip cookies over cookies they had never heard of if they were first exposed to prompts that made them think of disease (a photo of someone sneezing, for instance). When we feel threatened, we opt for the familiar.”

“It’s consistent with other research indicating that human beings have a bias toward moving right when they need to act in a hurry.”

“But we like the familiar less once we’ve had a taste of the exotic.”

To read more click HERE.

Picture Adapted from: National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Web site.

Faculty Presenting at the Student Values Conference

Photo credit: characterclearinghouse.fsu.edu

 

Dr. Farris and several other Saint Leo faculty members are presenting at the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values Conference Feb. 2-4, 2012.  The presentation is titled “Promoting Social Entrepreneurship among College Students by Broadening Values-Based Decision Making Skills

 

For more information, please visit character clearing house.

Today in the History of Psychology Jan. 31st

1931 — The Psycograph, a device consisting of a helmet and movable rods designed so measurements could be made at 32 points on the skull, made its public debut at the Twin City Auto Show. The device was an excursion into automated phrenology.

Psycograph

1961 A chimpanzee named HAM performed a series of operant avoidance tasks during a space flight that was part of Project Mercury, the first American manned space flight program. HAM, trained by Richard Belleville, contended with two schedules of bar-pressing for shock avoidance. In an 18-minute suborbital flight, HAM made only two errors.

HAM

1986 — The APA Council of Representatives voted to raise the dues of licensed professional psychologist members by $50 to support the costs of professional advocacy.

Adapted from:

http://www.cwu.edu/~warren/today.html 

Pictures adapted from: 1, 2, 3

 

Social Psychology Conference updates

Saint Leo Social Psychology:

Saint Leo’s Social Psychologists, Lara Ault, Maureen Mathews, and Tammy Zacchilli along with University campus senior, Kristine Bauknight, presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychologists last week in San Diego, California. Co-presenters who did not attend included Kritti Batra, psychology major at Univeristy Campus, and Adjunct Instructor, Stephen Madonna.

The presentations titles were:

Getting to Know You without Getting to Know You: Medium of Presentation Affects Person-Perception Accuracy

Lara K. Ault, Marcel S. Yoder; Saint Leo University, University of Illinois, Springfield

The Relationship between the Big 5, Connectedness, and Acceptability of Social Networking between Faculty and Students

Kristine Bauknight, Tammy Lowery Zacchilli; Saint Leo University

No strings attached? The differing roles of self-compassion and self-esteem in indebtedness

Maureen Mathews, Natalie Shook, Laura Kiken; Saint Leo University, West Virginia University, Virginia Commonwealth University

Attributional Style, Self-Worth, Academic Satisfaction, and Social Support as Predictors of General Self-Efficacy in Campus and Online Students

Tammy Lowery Zacchilli, Stephen Madonna, Kritti Batra; Saint Leo University


For more information about SPSP, check on the website at www.spsp.org

Last Day to Register for How to Use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources Daytime Webinar Wed 2/1. Register Now!

Online Learning Webinar with Dr. Shannon Farris

This free webinar “How to use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources,will be facilitated by Dr. Shannon Farris, psychology faculty, on February 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. Students attending this webinar will become familiar with the various online resources to help them succeed such as Turnitin.com and its multiple functions (e.g., submitting papers, originality reports, peer reviews, grade book, calendar, and etc.),  Psychological Association’s (APA) writing style, Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), Blackboard Collaborate, iNKBLOT, Grammarly@edu, and more. Students will learn how to use these resources effectively, and receive the webinar’s PowerPoint presentation and resources for attending the webinar.

How to Use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources 2/1, 11am-12pm RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Tuesday, January 31.

These four free webinars (see below) are part of eCOACH Online Learning, a pilot program being offered by the psychology department this term. Each webinar is offered four times a term (that’s 8 daytime webinars and 8 evening webinars). The program is for ALL students. Faculty and staff of Saint Leo University are welcome to attend! Only students are required to complete a consent form (first question of registration link). These webinars are “live” with a webcam and are not recorded at this time. All webinars will begin on the hour (EST) and last about one hour.

IMPORTANT: On the day of the webinar you’ll receive a confirmation email with the webinar’s link (URL). If you’re a first time participant, you’ll need to log onto this URL 30 minutes before webinar begins to make sure that your computer has the necessary applications for this “live” format.

Webinars coming up:

How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 2/6, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Monday, February 6.

How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 2/10, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE  no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Thursday, February 9.

Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 2/13, 12pm-1pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Sunday, February 12.

Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 2/13, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Monday, February 13.


APA Formatting & Citation 2
/21, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Tuesday, February 21.


APA Formatting & Citation 2
/22, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Tuesday, February 21.

Images adapted from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Adolescent Psychology Cautionary Posters

Dr. Z’s Child and Adolescent Psychology students were charged with creating posters to warn expectant mothers of the dangers of teratogens.  The posters were very creative and informative!  Great job everyone!

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Faculty Workshop

Faculty Workshop

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Place: Cannon Memorial Library, ITAECH Lab

Grammarly@edu: The Automated Grammar Tutor and Revision Support Tool for Students

Presented by Claudia Ruiz, assistant director of Instructional Technology.

This workshop will cover Grammarly’s writing solutions such as their revision support tool and their built-in writing handbook. There will also be guided hands-on for faculty to create an account and  to explore Grammarly’s features.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register (RSVP) by clicking HERE no later than 12:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, January 31.

For more information, please contact Claudia Ruiz, assistant director of Instructional Technology.

Dr. Farris Guest Speaker at the 2012 Turnitin User Event

Chris Harrick, VP of Marketing, Renee Bangerter, Professor of English & Dr. Shannon Farris

New Freshmen and Politics

By Libby Sander

“New research reveals that college freshmen hold increasingly liberal views on key social issues like same-sex marriage and rights for illegal immigrants. But the progressive viewpoints haven’t translated into significantly greater levels of activism or heightened enthusiasm for national politics.”

Photo credit: http://technorati.com

“Those findings, published Thursday in an annual survey from the University of California at Los Angeles, paint a complicated election-year portrait of the country’s newest prospective voters. Are they progressive-minded and eager to embrace more-tolerant social views? Are they cynical products of a sour economy and a fractious political era, bent on punishing the establishment by staying home on Election Day? Or are they simply more inclined to favor civic engagement on a local level—volunteering in their communities, say—over national politics?

Or are they all of the above?”

To read more visit The Chronical

Free How to Use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources Webinar Tues 1/31 & Wed 2/1. Register Now!

Online Learning Webinar with Dr. Shannon Farris

These four free webinars (see below) are part of eCOACH Online Learning, a pilot program being offered by the psychology department this term. Each webinar is offered four times a term (that’s 8 daytime webinars and 8 evening webinars). The program is for ALL students. Faculty and staff of Saint Leo University are welcome to attend! Only students are required to complete a consent form (first question of registration link). These webinars are “live” with a webcam and are not recorded at this time. All webinars will begin on the hour (EST) and last about one hour.

IMPORTANT: On the day of the webinar you’ll receive a confirmation email with the webinar’s link (URL). If you’re a first time participant, you’ll need to log onto this URL 30 minutes before webinar begins to make sure that your computer has the necessary applications for this “live” format.

Webinars coming up:

How to Use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources 1/31, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Tuesday, January 31.

How to Use Turnitin.com & Other Online Resources 2/1, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Tuesday, January 31.

How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 2/6, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Monday, February 6.

How to Research Online & Understand Journal Articles 2/10, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE  no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Thursday, February 9.

Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 2/13, 12pm-1pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Sunday, February 12.

Basic Tools for Writing Papers & PowerPoint/Prezi Presentations 2/13, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Monday, February 13.


APA Formatting & Citation 2
/21, 8-9pm
RSVP HERE no later than Noon (12:00 p.m.) EST, Tuesday, February 21.


APA Formatting & Citation 2
/22, 11am-12pm
RSVP HERE no later than Midnight (12:00 a.m.) EST, Tuesday, February 21.

Images adapted from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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