Symposium

Anyone Can Blog: Psychology as Seen Through the Blogosphere

Time and Location
Sunday May 25, 2008, 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Missouri

Abstract

Blogging provides remarkable potential for energizing psychology students and bringing the “science” of psychology to the general public. Participants in this symposium will share their own goals and experiences with blogging, along with some helpful hints to other psychologists who want to join the blogosphere.

Laura A. Freberg (Chair)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

John M. Grohol
PsychCentral.com
Nine Years of Psychology Blogging
Psych Central’s "World of Psychology" blog publishes relevant psychology and general mental health stories on a daily basis. The blog seeks to place the latest scientific research findings into everyday context, and to help people live better lives based upon the ideas of practical psychology and mental health advocacy.

Greta Munger
Davidson College
Cognitive Daily: Helping the Public Understand Basic Psychology Research and See It in Action
Our presentation will discuss how our blog can be used as a resource for teachers and students. For example, students can model our posts by summarizing research articles. We will also address how psychologists can create their own blogs to use for teaching, research, collaboration, and meeting personal goals.

Dave Munger
Research Blogging, Inc.
Cognitive Daily: Helping the Public Understand Basic Psychology Research and See It in Action
Dave Munger and Greta Munger will discuss how they use Cognitive Daily to bring the science of psychology to students and the general public.

Laura A. Freberg
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The Blogging Professor
Professors can find exciting ways to interact with students using blogs, but blogging raises many new questions. Does my blog represent my university, or just my personal opinion? Is writing using new technologies an example of professional development? Can I hit the right notes of professionalism and accessibility?

Wray Herbert (Discussant)
Director of Public Affairs, Association for Psychological Science

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