Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 6, Number 12, August, 2012

August 6, 2012

Hello and welcome to the seventy-second Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu. For more about the links below and approximately 2,567 other interesting links related to personality, please visit: http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu.

Personality Pedagogy this month is all about ethics. In July, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) introduced two new resources to help instructors teach students about ethics. The first one focuses on ethical issues in research and is called “Beyond Milgram: Expanding Research Ethics Education to Participant Responsibilities”. The second, “Educating Students About Plagiarism,” focuses on plagiarism and provides materials to help students and instructors recognize and respond to plagiarism. You will find links to these two resources below, along with a few other sites on research ethics, including the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, Teaching Ethical Issues Through Movies and Other Art Resources, Moral Games for Teaching Ethics, and a repeat of the link to the complete set of three videos on Protecting Human Subjects Training from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration.

This month, Personality Pedagogy is pleased to debut two new pages. We have collected so many links to assignments, exercises, activities, case studies, electronic texts, examples, illustrations, lectures, lecture notes, lecture slides, tests, measures, scales, and audio and visual resources that we had to create stand-alone pages for Happiness and for Personality Development. Until now, resources for Happiness were mixed in the general Positive Psychology page, while resources for Personality Development, including stability, change, and personality coherence, were mixed in the Trait Theories page. We hope this change will help instructors find quality resources more efficiently.

If you, like us, are savoring what’s left of the summer with one eye out on the year ahead, don’t forget to check out our General Resources page where you can find lots of ideas, from ice-breakers for the first day of class to clickers and crossword puzzles, to study strategies and online textbooks in personality theory. Whether you are new to teaching personality or an “old dog” who could use some new tricks and a little inspiration, there’s something for everybody there. Check it out!

As ever, please pass this newsletter on to interested colleagues and invite them to sign up for future issues and to visit the home of Personality Pedagogy: http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu. Remember, you can view the current newsletter, comment on newsletters, re-read what you missed in previous newsletters, or search all newsletters by checking out our blog at https://personalitypedagogy.wordpress.com and you can even receive Personality Pedagogy newsletters via RSS feed as soon as they are posted, by clicking on the “RSS-posts” button on the bottom right.

Cheers,
Marianne

Marianne Miserandino
miserandino “at” arcadia “dot” edu

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2. Beyond Milgram: Expanding Research Ethics Education to Participant Responsibilities

By Larissa K. Barber (Northern Illinois University) and Patricia G. Bagsby (Saint Louis University), this 33 page document describes participant ethics and an educational approach to participant rights and responsibilities that addresses the reciprocal nature of the researcher-participant relationship. It also provides four instructor resources: (a) websites that discuss participants’ rights and responsibilities, (b) a student learning module, (c) supplemental module resources (a Knowledge Retention Quiz, Answers to the quiz, a questionnaire to assess students’ beliefs about research ethics, and suggested discussion questions), and (d) references for additional resources and readings.

3. UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

The declaration, endorsed in 2005, addresses “ethical issues related to medicine, life sciences and associated technologies as applied to human beings, taking into account their social, legal and environmental dimensions.” Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

4. Teaching Bioethics: Ethical Issues Through Movies and Other Art Resources

This program takes users through UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights exploring human dignity and human rights, benefit and harm, autonomy and responsibility, respect, equality, privacy, cultural diversity and more. Each unit includes 2-5 minute video excerpts from movies (e.g., “Twelve Angry Men”) and TV shows (e.g., “Grey’s Anatomy”) to spark discussion. Also available in Spanish.

5. Moral Games for Teaching Bioethics

Darryl R. J. Macer wrote this UNESCO guide for instructors teaching bioethics. Through these 43 games which spark critical thinking and values clarification as students “plan, act, monitor, evaluate, and reflect on moral choices.” Opens in PDF format.

6. Exploring Bioethics

Developed with the NIH Department of Bioethics and written by Education Development Center, Inc. this guide “supports high school biology teachers in raising and addressing bioethical issues with their students and engages students in rigorous thinking and discussions. By providing conceptual guidelines that promote careful thinking about difficult cases, it stresses the importance of presenting thoughtful and relevant reasons for considered positions on ethical issues”. The guide includes six teaching modules each with activities, masters, lesson plans, and teacher support materials. While designed for grades 9-12 most of the information is readily adaptable to college level courses. Two of the modules are particularly suitable for psychology classes (e.g., research ethics of human experimentation, genetic testing).

7. Educating Students About Plagiarism

By Marika Lamoreaux, Kim Darnell, Elizabeth Sheehan, and Chantal
Tusher (Georgia State University), this resource contains materials to help educate students about plagiarism and to help faculty understand how to handle it if it occurs. Included are an overview for faculty “Educating Students,” a slide show for a lecture “Plagiarism,” a worksheet for students “Recognizing Plagiarism,” a plagiarism contract students sign “Plagiarism Contract,” suggested answers faculty can offer to respond to common student excuses “Answers to Common Excuses,” and a flowchart showing how one university handles plagiarism reports “Academic Dishonesty Flowchart.”

8. Technology for Educators

Created by psychologist Sue Franz “finding new technologies so you don’t have to” where she shares her discoveries of technology which enhances her teaching or the learning of her students. Includes an overview and description of tech essentials, handouts from her workshops, and handy information on everything from blogging to presentations to file management and downloading videos.

9. 10 Fun Activities for Adjectives of Personality

Originally designed for English teachers to help their students understand and describe nuances of character, this site offers 10 activities exploring adjectives helping students to describe the personality of themselves and others. Includes links to positive personality adjectives and negative personality adjectives. Good for an ice breaker or as a class exercise to introduce trait theory.

10. The Shadow Exercise

As part of the “Teaching Clinical Psychology” webpage, John Suler, Rider University, includes this exercise on the shadow. Students reflect on a person they don’t like very much and consider if the traits they dislike in another reflect traits they don’t like in themselves.

11. Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What is the “Shadow”?

Stephen A. Diamond describes how to understand the unconscious dark side of our psyche in this article from “Psychology Today”, April 2012.

12. Return of the Repressed: Is a Mysterious Outbreak of Mass Hysteria Proving Freud Right?

Stephen A. Diamond wonders if recent cases of mass hysteria may be due to the impressive power of the unconscious reasserting itself in an anti-psychodynamic, pharmacologically-indoctrinated climate. From “Psychology Today”, February 2012.

13. Childhood Memories

As part of the “Teaching Clinical Psychology” webpage, John Suler, Rider University, includes this exercise on memories. Students reflect on one or two early childhood memories and answer questions. Good for illustrating aspects of Alfred Adler’s and Sigmund Freud’s theories.

14. Timothy Leary’s Interpersonal Behavior Circle Personal Inventory

This page includes the full 128-item scale as well as scoring instructions for the Leary Interpersonal circumplex model of personality. The model uses the two dimensions of dominant-submissive and love-hate to form 16 categories. Also check out the full text of Leary’s original 1957 paper here.

15. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow, the secret to happiness

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow” (Runs 18 minutes, 59 seconds).

16. Twins Don’t Share Everything

Scientists have discovered twins show differences in their DNA at birth due to differences in their epigenetics, the molecules that act on genes, according to this article, by Stephen Ornes, in “Science News for Kids”, July 31, 2012.

17. Favorite Link Revisited: Protecting Human Subjects Training

The complete set of three videos is available from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Modules 1 and 2: Evolving Concern: Protection for Human Subjects (22 minutes) and The Belmont Report: Basic Ethical Principles and Their Application (28 minutes); Module 3: Balancing Society’s Mandates: Criteria for Protocol Review (36 minutes)

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Personality Pedagogy Newsletter Volume 5, Number 4, December, 2010

December 30, 2010

Hello and welcome to the fifty-second Personality Pedagogy newsletter highlighting what’s new at http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu. For more about the links below and approximately 2,163 other interesting links related to personality, please visit us.

What’s new this month? We’re excited that loyal reader Michael Britt of The Psych Files podcast  just launched a new app for the iPhone and iPad. ”PsychExplorer” promises to keep you up to date on the latest news, research, blog posts, videos and tweets in the field of psychology. Personality Pedagogy is one of the featured sites feeding new links to this app.

In the spirit of new beginnings, we suggest you visit our second link (below) on ”101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class”. We’re sure you’ll find something there to get your new year off to a good start and keep it that way for a few weeks.

This month, we also continue our new feature: Favorite Links Revisited. In this feature we’ll be calling your attention to some of our favorite links from Personality Pedagogy that are worthy of a second look.

As December draws to a close, we are reflecting on the end of one year and the start of the next. Having just finished ”Not by chance alone: My life as a social psychologist”, the 2010 biography of social psychologist Elliot Aronson, we have been discussing the metaphor his brother used and upon which Elliot reflects at the end of the book: Life is like a roller coaster ride. The funny thing is what when Elliot was younger what he thought of as the ”best part” of a roller coaster ride kept changing so that now, reflecting back on his life, he realizes that the ”best part” is often the whole ride.

This has certainly been a year of ups and downs for us here at Personality Pedagogy as we are sure it’s been for many of our readers. We wish you and yours a Happy New Year and a happy start to the next quarter/semester/year teaching personality psychology!

As ever, please pass this newsletter on to interested colleagues and invite them to sign up for future issues and to visit the home of Personality Pedagogy: http://personalitypedagogy.arcadia.edu. Remember, you can read old newsletters, comment on newsletters, view the current newsletter or re-read what you missed in last month’s newsletter by checking out our blog at https://personalitypedagogy.wordpress.com and you can even receive Personality Pedagogy newsletters via an RSS (”Really Simple Syndication”) feed as soon as they are posted, by clicking on the ”RSS-posts” button on the bottom right.

Cheers,
Marianne

Marianne Miserandino
miserandino ”at” arcadia ”dot” edu

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2. 101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class

This list, compiled by Joyce T. Povlacs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a catalog of suggestions for college teachers who are ”looking for a fresh way of creating the best possible environment for learning”.

3. Are You Too Pessimistic About Your Personality?

”New research finds friends think we’re less neurotic and more conscientious than we imagine” according to this summary from ”PsyBlog”, November 22, 2010.

4. Narcissism in High-Functioning Individuals – Big Ego or Severe Disorder?

”[T]here are certain personality disorders that are easier to spot for the non-professional, because they dramatically hinder the normal functioning of individuals in society. While common people tend to be able to spot a common and identifiable disorder like major depression, which may prevent individuals from going to work and going out, for example, they rarely put a name on certain types of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, often dismissing it as just a ”big ego” problem.” according to Veronica Pamoukaghlian of ”BrainBlogger,” who discusses the under-diagnosis and describes various types of narcissism in this summary from November 9, 2010.

5. The Personality of Chronic Fatigue

”Studies suggest that chronic fatigue may not only have the power to change a person’s personality” on traits like extroversion and neuroticism ”but that certain personality traits may also put a person at higher risk of developing chronic fatigue” according to this summary of two research studies by Julnar Issa of ”BrainBlogger,” October 22, 2010.

6. ‘Messiah’ give you chills? That’s a clue to your personality

According to research by Emily Nusbaum and Paul Silvia in the October issue of the journal ”Social Psychological and Personality Science” and summarized by Brian Alexander in this blog, people who are high in in the trait of Openness are more likely to experience chills while listening to music, regardless of musical genre.

7. The Happiest Place on Earth by Ed Diener

From the Baylor Academics Channel on YouTube: ”The world authority on happiness and well-being research, Dr. Ed Diener, of the University of Illinois discusses the happiest and unhappiest places on earth according to the latest research in a conversation with Professor Michael B. Frisch of Baylor University,” November 05, 2010 (runs 14 minutes and 43 seconds)

8. What You Need To Be Happy by Professor Ed Diener

From the Baylor Academics Channel on YouTube: ”The world authority on happiness and well-being research, Dr. Ed Diener, of the University of Illinois discusses what you need to be happy according to the latest research in a conversation with Professor Michael B. Frisch of Baylor University,” November 22, 2010 (runs 11 minutes, 53 seconds).

9. Psychoanalysis shapes consumer culture: Or how Sigmund Freud, his nephew and a box of cigars forever changed American marketing.

”Women sporting cigarettes as a symbol of female empowerment and the ubiquitous bacon-and-egg breakfast were two public relations campaigns inspired by Freudian ideas. The link between theory and practice was Edward L. Bernays, the acknowledged father of public relations and nephew of Sigmund Freud,” according to this article from the APA Monitor by Lisa Held, December 2009, 40(11), 32.

10. Buddha’s Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, & Wisdom

Shrink Rap Radio: A Psychology talk and Interview Show (Podcast; Show #249, Oct 16, 2010). In this episode, Dr. Dave talks with neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, who works at the intersection on the brain, positive psychology and meditation. Hanson believes that when the brain changes the mind changes; when the mind changes the brain changes; and you can use your mind skillfully to change your brain and your mind for the better (1 hour, 12 minutes, 47 seconds).

11. Alfred Adler’s Immigration Card

The 1999 Library of Congress exhibit (see next entry) on ”Freud: Conflict and Culture” includes this image of Alfred Adler’s Immigration card.

12. A Favorite Link Revisited: Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture

This online exhibit based on the 1999 Library of Congress exhibit ”features vintage photographs, prints, manuscripts and first editions. Also displayed are home movies of Freud and objects from his study and consulting room–including materials from his desk, the chair in which he sat when listening to patients, a model of his consulting couch, and pieces from his own collection of antiquities. Selected film and television clips, and materials from newspapers, magazines and comic books are interwoven throughout the exhibition to highlight the pervasive influence of psychoanalysis on popular culture. Exhibit items are drawn largely from the collections of the Library of Congress, supplemented with loans from other important holdings, especially those of the Sigmund Freud-Museum in Vienna, and the Freud Museum in London.”