Archive for 2009

A Vast Right Arm Conspiracy? Study Suggests Handedness May Effect Body Perception

There are areas in the brain devoted to our arms, legs, and various parts of our bodies. The way these areas are distributed throughout the brain are known as “body […]... More>

Sneezing in Times of a Flu Pandemic: Exposure to Public Sneezing Increases Fears of Unrelated Risks

The swine flu (H1N1) pandemic has received extensive media coverage this year. The World Health Organization, in addition to providing frequent updates about cases of infection and death tolls, recommends […]... More>

Student Notebook

Playing Guitar Hero to Understand Statistics

One day in my statistics class, a fellow student asked, “Can we play Guitar Hero in class? I think we could use it to teach something in stats.” This pitch […]... More>

Angry Faces: Research Suggests Link Between Facial Structure and Aggression

Angry words and gestures are not the only way to get a sense of how temperamental a person is.  According to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, a quick glance at someone’s facial structure may be enough for us to predict their tendency towards aggression.... More>

Teaching Tips

But I Really Tried!

“But I really tried!” is a refrain teachers often hear from students who do not get the grades they feel they deserve. Growing up, our students heard that hard work […]... More>