Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness…and more in this week’s news roundup!

Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness
(New York Times)
On Jan. 12, a few days after registration opened at Yale for Psyc 157, Psychology and the Good Life, roughly 300 people had signed up. Within three days, the figure had more than doubled. After three more days, about 1,200 students, or nearly one-fourth of Yale undergraduates, were enrolled.

Nearly 9,000 DACA Teachers Face An Uncertain Future
(NPR Ed)

Of the 690,000 undocumented immigrants now facing an uncertain future as Congress and President Trump wrangle over the DACA program are about 8,800 school teachers.

After long battle, mental health will be part of New York’s school curriculum
(Times Union)
Advocates: Teaching mental health at a young age could lead to early detection, prevention

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology? Like this title, the actual answer is complicated
(Psychology Student Network)
Your psychology major = A range of opportunities

Concreteness Fading: A Method To Achieve Transfer
(Learning Scientists)
“What is one of the most difficult things to teach your students?” When you ask teachers in different sectors, one answer that will probably get a lot of hits and lead to agreeing nods is “Transfer!” The ability to apply learned principles and knowledge to solve novel problems or tackle new, unfamiliar tasks.

A new lesson plan for high school psychology
(Monitor on Psychology)
APA offers new resources for teachers to strengthen one of the most important classes students will ever take

How diverse is the psychology workforce?
(Monitor on Psychology)
News from APA’s Center for Workforce Studies

Less Community, More Vocational
(Inside Higher Ed)
President Trump wants to see community colleges change names and shift focus to more job training, which two-year college leaders say they already do.

Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?
(NPR)
When we read books, why do we forget so much of what we read, in only weeks or even days after we read it?

Research finds early childhood program linked to degree completion at age 35
(Science Daily)
Participating in an intensive early childhood education program from preschool to third grade is linked to higher educational attainment in mid-life, according to a new study.

Education Myth-Busting in the Age of Fake News
(Education Next)
A review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!”: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers Unions, and Public Education

Narrowing the gifted gap for disadvantaged students
(Flypaper)
The United States wastes an enormous amount of its human capital by failing to cultivate the innate talents of many of its young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.

Helping Strangers May Help Teens’ Self-Esteem
(KQED – MindShift)
And according to a recent study, when it comes to helping others, teens may benefit psychologically from spending time helping strangers.

One Simple Instruction That Will Keep You Motivated
(PsyBlog)
The key to keeping your motivation at maximum is switching tasks, research finds.

Falling IQ scores in childhood may signal psychotic disorders in later life
(Medical Xpress)
New research shows adults who develop psychotic disorders experience declines in IQ during childhood and adolescence, falling progressively further behind their peers across a range of cognitive abilities.

Why Aren’t College Students Using Career Services?
(The Atlantic)
Harnessing the resource could help them achieve the graduate’s dream: finding a job.

How Do You Keep Students From Checking Out in a Large Lecture Hall?
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
A scene that stayed with the author from a recent reporting trip — and what it means for colleges’ efforts to innovate.

Publishing in graduate school boosts students’ careers
(The Experimental Psychology Bulletin)
In the publish or perish world of academia and research, publishing while studying is essential for our aspiring careers.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to the APA as a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. During her time at GW, Amanda studied global health, focusing on the challenges facing mental health in low-and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. In her free time Amanda loves pyrography, furniture making and spending time with her dog, Becky.
Hunter Clary
Hunter is a communications professional who came of age in the digital revolution, and has witnessed big changes in how we communicate. In his eclectic 20 year career he’s seen vast changes across multiple industries from advertising, B2C, professional services, publishing, and now non-profit. During his time at APA Hunter has watched the growth of in the organization’s web presence; a shift from print to digital media; and the pickup of social channels like the PsychLearningCurve. A tech geek at heart, Hunter is naturally drawn to all things shiny and new especially when it comes to communicating – particularly social media and apps. Hunter seeks to understand the world around him -- add in a penchant for creative design and a reporter’s curiosity and you’ve got Hunter. Through this blog he hopes to help translate quality psychological science into practical uses for educators, students, and parents.