Where to Find Research Collaborators in Psychology and more in this week’s news roundup!

Where to Find Research Collaborators in Psychology
The way that scientific research is conducted is evolving rapidly. Researchers have essentially migrated from the era of ‘traditional’ research in which one researcher pursued a theme over several decades. Instead, academia is fostering a fresh culture in which research advances through the creation of interdisciplinary research. As researcher, you surely know the benefits that you can gain from research collaboration. But where exactly can you find research collaborators?

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources
Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

4-H Is Helping Kids Plant The Seeds For Healthy Relationships
(NPR Ed)

“Remember, it’s Vegas rules, guys. What happens here, stays here,” says Alexander Chan to a room full of giggling high school teenagers as he goes over the ground rules for a workshop all about healthy relationships.

What causes behaviour?
(The Learning Spy)
Although there are many questions in education to which science cannot help us answer (What is the purpose of education?) just as with the identification of causes for human behaviour, there are plenty of empirical questions.

The Conspiracy To Trap Postdocs In Academia
(LinkedIn – Sabrina Sorbara, PhD)
Why are so many postdocs stuck in academia? Is it because all of these PhDs enjoy being paid half of what they are worth? Are they too brainwashed or too lazy to transition out of academia? Or, is there something bigger going on.

 Behaviorism in the Classroom
(The Learning Scientists)
While often used as tools for classroom management, behaviorist principles can be broadly applied to change behaviors. Given that our goal is to encourage the use of better study strategies, any mechanism that can change behavior is worth considering.

Calming Those Back-to-School Jitters
(Education Week – Subscription Required, free trial)
When I was in middle and high school, I remember being so excited to start a new school year. But I also recall feeling anxious, nervous, and sometimes even downright terrified to head back to school. Transitions to new schools were especially frightening.

Bullying and suicide: What’s the connection?
(The Conversation)
The analysis provides additional evidence that youth who experience bullying as both perpetrator and victim are at particularly high risk for psychological distress.

Tracing the links between basic research and real-world applications
(The Conversation)
So it’s ultimately not just about basic versus applied research. Both are important, but it appears especially fruitful to do work that straddles the line, as Pasteur did: science-driven inquiry framed by and aimed at real-world problems.

Calling Attention to a Postdoc’s Struggles and Suicide
(Inside Higher Ed)

Fabsik-Swarts and Rosten both said that the short-term appointments, high demands and low pay of postdocs can create hyperstressful environments. A May study published in Research Policy found about half of Ph.D. students experience “psychological distress,” and one in three is at risk of a common psychiatric disorder.

Mental health programs in schools: Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness
(Science Daily)
School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review.

Are learning and unlearning bedfellows?
(Science Daily)

We know that sleep helps us integrate knowledge acquired during the day. But can we learn new things while sleeping? By exposing subjects to repeated auditory stimuli, a team of researchers has just demonstrated that the brain is capable of learning such sound patterns during certain sleep stages — though they may be forgotten during deep sleep.

A Trait Strong Readers Share

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students.

3 Teaching Tips for Marginalized Faculty Members
(Inside Higher Ed)
Chavella T. Pittman gives advice to help make teaching less stressful and more successful in the upcoming academic year.

How a School Ditched Awards and Assemblies to Refocus on Kids and Learning
(KQED – Mindshift)
When Paula Gosal took over as principal of the Chilliwack Middle School, she walked smack into the middle of a long-standing debate among the staff over awards.

Discovering Better Ways to Learn as an Adult
(KQED – Mindshift)
Over the past couple of decades, the science of learning “has gone from an obscure topic to a well-established field,” he writes. “Still, most of the research findings have remained buried in dusty academic journals and obscure government reports. Far too little has reached the public. Far too little has changed how people learn.”

Memory: The Freakiest Ever Fact is Actually True
Simply remembering everything that happens to us is not the point of memory.

How to Map the Circuits That Define Us
(Scientific American)
Neuroscientists want to understand how tangles of neurons produce complex behaviors, but even the simplest networks defy understanding.

In Higher Ed’s Mental-Health Crisis, an Overlooked Population: International Students
(Inside Higher Ed – Subscription Required)
Some come from cultures that see mental illness as weakness or fiction. When the stress of being in college alone and far from home becomes too great, it’s sometimes the job of advisers to teach them that the disorders — and the dangers — are real.

Training Graduate Students to Be Effective Teachers
(The Chronicle of Higher Education)

More colleges are making it a priority to teach future faculty members how to teach.

On My Soapbox
(Effortful Educator)

We’re covering developmental psychology in class…you know, from womb to tomb.  When introducing the unit, I pose the following questions to the class:  What is the best age?  When is life at its best?  When does one live the “time of their life”?  A few students choose years during toddlerhood due to the fact that there’s very few responsibilities and all you do is play.  A few students will choose in the seventies because you’re retired and just taking it easy.  It never fails, though, that a vast majority of my tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students choose an age in the mid to late twenties.  They see this as a time of having completed school, having a career, living on your own, and doing whatever they want.  While I see their points, I do caution them to the added responsibilities of a career and possibly beginning a family.

From Skyhook To STEM: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Brings The Science
(NPR Ed)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is taking his shot helping narrow the opportunity and equity gaps with his Skyhook Foundation and Camp Skyhook. The Los Angeles nonprofit helps public school students in the city access a free, fun, weeklong STEM education camp experience in the Angeles National Forest.

Basic Needs Security and the Syllabus

Today I’m at Mary Washington College where I’m giving a keynote address at the Digital Pedagogy Lab about a critical condition for learning: basic needs security. It’s shame that anyone needs a reminder of the cold hard fact that adequate nutritious food and a good night’s sleep are required for learning college material, but let’s be honest — there’s plenty of evidence that higher education is in the dark. I’m planning to challenge my audience to think about how we support every learner’s need for food and housing in an age of harsh and unforgiving inequality and a shredded safety net.

Students Say Schools Do Poor Job of Preparing Them for College
(Education Week – Subscription Required, free trial)
Adults in education spend a lot of time debating about how to get high school students ready to succeed in college. But students have a less-than-rosy picture to report about how well that’s going. A new survey of 55,000 high school students across the country finds that only about half say their schools are doing a good job.

Improving Psychological Science at SIPS
(The Hardest Science)

Last week was the second meeting of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, a.k.a. SIPS[1]. SIPS is a service organization with the mission of advancing and supporting all of psychological science. About 200 people met in Charlottesville, VA to participate in hackathons and lightning talks and unconference sessions, go to workshops, and meet other people interested in working to improve psychology.

Q&A Collections: Brain-Based Learning
(Education Week – Subscription Required, free trial)
I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in early September, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past six years. You can see all those collections from the first five years here.

Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths?
(Buzzfeed News)
A new study shows that everyone – even people with training in neuroscience – is susceptible to some brain myths. So how do you compare?


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.