Friday, February 27, 2015

What Color is That Dress? S & P in today's popular culture

Fun Friday story on perception.

This week, my Facebook feed has been inundated and my students have been asking me about "THE Dress."  What color is it?  It depends on a number of factors.

To the rights is a picture that was posted on Tumblr and has gone viral. Why do some people see a gold/white dress and others see a black and blue dress?

To figure out why the different perceptions and get beyond the screaming headlines, a few scientists have been asked to weigh in.  I am linking a few articles that deal with the issues of color of the dress, lighting color(s), reflection patterns, color blindness, color constancy and more.  Enjoy!

Original Post

Buzzfeed Article

Wired Article

The Independent (with explanatory video and illusions)



From Vine

Related illusion in the io9 article

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#Psychat Sessions Upcoming

If you are not already on Twitter, please stop what you are doing, turn on your phone, tablet, or computer and make your way to  Sign up and follow the people below to keep up on some of the best online training available from those of us who are still in the trenches teaching and in psychology.

You can find me, Chuck Schallhorn at
Steve Jones is and
Rob McEntarrfer is

#Psychat is a Twitter professional development opportunity for psychology teachers most Wednesdays.  The wonderful folks who run the show with organizing and setting up guest hosts are:  (Jen) (Heather) (Amy)

Follow them and get some great ideas for class and keep up with the field of psychology and teaching.  The remaining schedule of topics, hosts, and archives are available on the graphic below. There have been quite a few already this year.

Archives of #psychat available at:

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Science of Getting Drunk

I know what you are thinking.  What? Our students get drunk?  No way!  Um, I've got news for you. They are and they are binging. I found this little gem last week while on a college tour.  How appropriate, right?

I've never seen it explained this well, so have at it.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Monday, February 23, 2015

Online Counseling Infographic

This infographic was shared with me.  With the rise of online sources of psychological assistance, it may be helpful to keep up with the trend.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Details on the 2015 APA Clark Workshop for Psychology Teachers

I am happy to share this announcement from TOPSS! I have had the good fortune to both attend as a participant and as a presenter, and both times I was convinced it was an outstanding experience. This year will be even better because the high school teacher presenters are THSP's own Rob McEntarffer and the amazing Maria Vita. (I'm trying to figure out how to sneak in myself!) 

This terrific opportunity is made possible by TOPSS, the incredibly supportive folks at Clark University (especially Dr. Nancy Budwig), and most of all by the man I've dubbed "the godfather of high school psychology," Dr. Lee Gurel, whose generous financial gifts provide the funding for this workshop. 

The APA Education Directorate, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), American Psychological Foundation and Clark University are pleased to announce the eleventh annual APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers, to be held July 20-22, 2015, at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. All interested high school psychology teachers are invited to apply; the workshop will be open to 25 teachers.


  • Maria Vita of Penn Manor High School (Millersville, Pa.).
  • Rob McEntarffer of Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln, Neb.). 
  • Susan Nolan, PhD, of Seton Hall University will deliver a keynote address: "Really?! The Key Role of Introductory Psychology in Creating Scientific Thinkers."
  • Maria V
    Dr. Rob
  • Faculty from the Clark University Psychology Department also will present.

Financial Support

There is no registration fee. Housing in the Clark campus dorms and materials will be provided for all participants. Participants will also receive travel stipends of $125.
For teachers in need of extra travel support, three travel scholarships of $250 each and two travel scholarships of $500 each are available. Teachers with far distances to travel and/or with need for additional travel support are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Applicants should indicate their need for additional travel support and provide an estimated budget of travel expenses. The maximum amount of financial aid any one participant will receive is either $250 or $500.  Please see the application form for details.

How to Apply

The application deadline is April 15, 2015. You may apply one of two ways:
Mail, email or fax a hard copy application form (PDF, 101KB).
Submit an online application form.
Participants will be selected by approximately May 1.

This workshop is sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, Clark University and APA, with generous support from Lee Gurel, PhD.
Please contact Martha Boenau (202) 336-6140 if you have any questions.

--posted by Steve

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concise list of Brain Myths

 It's not hard to find stuff about "Brain Myths" in textbooks or on the web, but this list of 5 myths from Scientific American is one of the most concise/clear lists I've seen. Myths covered:

Five Common Myths about the Brain

  • Humans use only 10% of their braim
  • "Left/Right" brain people differ
  • You must speak one language before learning another
  • Male/Female brains differ in ways that dictate learning abilities
  • Each child has a particular learning style
This quote at the end is a good caution to keep in mind whenever anyone invokes brain research to make an assertion about learning: “There is huge demand by the general public to have information about neuroscience for education. As a consequence, there's an enormous supply of totally untested, untried and not very scientific methods.”

posted by Rob McEntarffer

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fantastic Drug & Neurotransmitters Chart

I found this fantastic chart from MIT that has an overview of the effects of various drugs on the body. The top portion is licit and illicit drugs.  The portion I took a screenshot from is here.  Simply wonderful overview of the neurotransmitters.  The entire chart is available at this link:

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Friday, February 13, 2015

Why Are Some People Left-Handed?

From the YouTube Channel, It's OK to be Smart

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Psychology at the Movies: A Psychological Review

Quick post this morning.  I found this really cool article from the American Psychological Society that talks about a website that critiques psychological conditions from a scientific and neurological perspective (it includes amnesia and Finding Nemo).

Here is the article link:

Here is the actual site, NeuroPsyFi:

How cool a name is that!

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

James Randi TED Talk: Tears into Psychics

I accidently discovered this one.  James Randi gives a 17-minute speech about why parapsychology is not true.  Humorous and skeptical in tone. He also covers his million-dollar challenge and the lack of takers.

posted by Chuck Schallhorn