Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 4, Number 9, May, 2010


Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 4, Number 9, May, 2010

Hello and welcome to the forty-fifth Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at

For some of us, the spring semester is just behind us and the start of summer is just ahead, and for others, well, we’ve got another month (at least!) of school. And then there’s summer school!

As we head into the first weekend of summer, check out the links below. This month we feature 4 resources on testing and assessment and 6 audio/visual resources. The assessment sites should give you some interesting examples how principles of good testing are used in hiring, training, and development of the workforce today. The audio/visual links run the gamut from a disabled man explaining what self-determination means to him to Michael Britt of the Psych Files describing his favorite apps for the iPad/iPod/iPhone to the men of the hit TV series Glee singing about stereotyping and social pressures placed on women.

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Marianne Miserandino
miserandino ”at” arcadia ”dot” edu

1. Teaching High School Psychology Blog

A blog for teachers of high school psychology, both advanced placement and introduction to psychology, moderated by Kent Korek, Steve Jones, Rob McEntentarffer, Chuck Schallhorn, and Trevor Tusow. Contains resource, ideas, announcements, musings, and other cool stuff related to teaching psychology in high schools.

2. Research Methods Knowledge Base

William M.K. Trochim, Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University is the author of The Research Methods Knowledge Base, a “comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper.”

3. Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workplace Investment Professionals

This pamphlet, created by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006, provides this overview to help career counselors and development professionals implement good assessment practices and legal standards for hiring, training, and career development of their workforce.

4. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc.

The home page of APA Division 14 includes background information about employment testing including questions to ask before purchasing a test, introductory modules for I-O psychology, Master’s and PhD guidelines, graduate training programs, and more. Check out their background information on employment testing, including types of employment tests, statistics on the number of companies using employment tests, test formats and other information related to testing.

5. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Teaching Wiki

The SIOP Teaching Wiki features sample syllabi, in-class exercises, movies and video clips, case studies, teaching tips, links and more, contributed by other instructors for use in I-O Psychology courses.

6. Trust and Hormones

Oxytocin, the “trust hormone” appears to increase our trust in others, even momentarily lowering our distrust of strangers. But what happens to people who are born with a genetic syndrome in which they are unable to regulate oxytocin? Hear this fascinating story of a 9-year-old girl with Williams Syndrome and current research on oxytocin and trust (including trust in government) in this feature from “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio, April 22, 2010 (runs 8 minutes, 36 seconds).

7. Transference, Countertransference, and Other Guidelines for Psychotherapy

Michael Britt, former professor of psychology, produces a podcast about psychology called The Psych Files. In this episode (Episode 12) he “discuss[es] the importance of boundaries and guidelines set forth by Robert Langs, MD regarding how to know when your relationship with your therapist is healthy — and when it is not.” (runs 34 minutes, and 8 seconds).

8. Psychology Apps for the iPad/iPhone/iPod

Michael Britt, former professor of psychology, produces a podcast about psychology called The Psych Files. In this episode (Episode 121) he shows — using his iPad — the 10 apps he considers to be the best for psychology, including credible therapy apps, mind mapping tools, relaxation apps, games based on Gestalt principles, and 3-D brain imaging apps.

9. Prenatal Testosterone and Finger Ratio

Can you predict the winner of an athletic contest by looking at finger ratios? John Manning explains how finger length ratio reflect prenatal hormone exposure which is also related to athletic ability in this short video from the BBC program “Secret of the Sexes” (runs 6 minutes, 8 seconds).

10. Materialism and Low Self-Esteem

Research by Lan Nguyen Chaplin (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Deborah Roedder John (University of Minnesota) suggests that low self-esteem causes increased materialism and raising self-esteem decreases materialism in adolescents, according to this summary in “Science Daily”, November 16, 2007.

11. What Self-Determination Means to Me

The Self-Determination for Texas project promotes the principles of self-determination for people with disabilities and those who support them. These principles include Freedom, Authority, Support, Responsibility and Confirmation. In this video, Ricky Broussard, who has been in institutional care for most of his life, describes what self-determination means to him: The right to have control over decision making power to live where he wants, have family and friends to visit or spend the night, choose what he wants to eat and hire and fire the people that work with him (from November 2, 2004, runs 3 minutes, 28 seconds).

12. What it feels like for a girl?

The men from the hit TV series “Glee” sing this very moving rendition of the Madonna hit describing the pressures that women feel to “be a little less.” Check out the lyrics here (runs 4 minutes, 32 seconds).


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