Making Psychology a Brand Education Stakeholders Can Trust and more in this week’s news roundup!

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Making Psychology a Brand Education Stakeholders Can Trust
(Psychology Today)
Educational videos can help bring high-quality research into the classroom.

Why It’s a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence
(The Atlantic)
A claim increasingly heard on campus will make them more anxious and more willing to justify physical harm.

For English-Learners, Seeing Peers “struggle and persist” is Beneficial
(Education Week)
How quickly English-language learners pick up the language may depend more on the climate in their classroom than on individual grit, new research finds.

Oh the Places, You’ll Go!
(Psi Chi)
When I was a psychology student at Valparaiso University in Indiana, I would have never thought that I would be where I am now. Seven years after completing my undergraduate degree, I am conducting National Health Service-funded research in England.

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May be Wiped Away
(New York Times)
Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing.

Technology Can Be A Tool, A Teacher, A Trickster
(NPR ED)
The development of speech recognition illustrates one facet of the relationship between people and technology. Sometimes, we have to change ourselves to meet the technology where it is. But the goal is often the other way around: to improve the technology to fit us as we are.

Five Tips for Understanding Journal Citation Metrics
(APA Division Dialogue)
APA Journals staff offer some guidelines on understanding and strategizing your journal’s Impact Factor and other related measures of influence.

Success Has No Time Limit
(The Varsity)
A science student reflects on the meaning of success during the summer months

Teachers With Student Debt: The Struggle, The Causes and What Comes Next
(NPR ED)

Teachers are paid significantly less than many other highly educated professionals. We decided to take a look at student debt among teachers specifically, because we see it as a crossroads of several big trends: chronic concerns over teacher pay amid calls to improve teacher quality; the rising cost of higher ed; the increasing reliance on loans to pay for it; and changing policies from the Trump administration.

Grad School is hard on Mental Health. Here’s an Antidote
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Grad students take a psychological beating. In a 2014 study, the University of California at Berkeley found that 47 percent of its Ph.D. students showed signs of depression. One of the main reasons cited was academic disengagement. Humans can be resilient through a great deal of stress, but it’s harder when working on abstract problems without clear indicators of progress — we lose perspective on why our work matters

Weekly Digest #68: Desirable Difficulties
(Learning Scientists)
The concept of desirable difficulties describes the idea that students need tasks that challenge them to the right degree in order to learn best. Some have criticized this theory for being circular (1). That is, when a learning task is easy and later performance is low, it can be said that there were insufficient desirable difficulties.

I Found a Tenure-Track Job: The Big Picture
(Chronicle Vitae)
Back in April, when I presented a breakdown of my efforts on the tenure-track job market, I did not quite anticipate how widely that post would be shared and discussed. The 112 applications I submitted over the course of two faculty-hiring seasons were, not surprisingly, what drew the strongest reactions.

GUEST POST: My Journey from Mayhem to Morphology
(Learning Scientists)
I became a high school speech pathologist after earning a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. When I was in school, Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) didn’t learn a whole lot about orthography. We learned many things, but not much about how words are written. I realized pretty quickly that I needed to go back to school, so I did just that. I earned a Doctorate, became a learning disability specialist, rented an office, bought a suit and set up a private practice. Today, I am able to see how much of what I use now is what I actually did learn during my SLP preservice training, even though I initially didn’t make that connection.

Oh dear, even people with neuroscience training believe an awful lot of brain myths
(British Psychological Association)
Three years ago, the film Lucy came out starring Scarlett Johansson as the eponymous heroine who is implanted with drugs that allow her to use the full capacity of her brain rather than the mere 10 per cent that the rest of us supposedly use. In response I wrote an article for WIRED “All you need to know about the 10 per cent brain myth in 60 seconds“. Soon afterwards I received an angry, acerbic 1,200-word email from a reader: “I am obviously not going to insist you take your article down since that isn’t my place,” she wrote, “but you should certainly not feel proud to be spreading such misinformed information to the public”.

Teaching science subjects without training
(Science Daily)
Research shows that just 36 percent of new secondary science teachers are teaching only in their trained subject

Helping Children Develop Emotional Literacy
(Edutopia)
Exercises that teachers and parents can use to help young children develop the ability to identify emotions.

About the Author

Amanda Macchi, MPH
Amanda comes to 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 and collecting/learning about mid-century modern furniture.
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.
Nick Bornstein
Nick is an education and communications intern with the APA. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick is a current undergraduate student pursuing a Psychology degree and a minor in Business Administration at the George Washington University. Nick's interests include travel, studying German, history, politics, and economics.