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At Macmillan Learning, our psychology community includes committed teachers, researchers, and authors. Among them are some exceptionally compelling advocates for how psychological science can help us understand our contemporary lives. Join us for this timely, idea-rich series of talks from some of the most effective voices in psychology education today, as they share their thoughts on teaching, learning, and living in these unsettling times.

Please select one or more webinars you wish to register for below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.

Past Webinars:

Human Behavior Amidst the COVID Crisis: Helping and Hurting? with David Myers - Watch the recording
David Myers (Hope College), longtime author of our bestselling introductory psychology resources, offers his insights on the human element of this crisis--our need to belong, why we may be too much, or too little, afraid, and how shared threats affect social behavior.

The APA Introductory Psychology Initiative Outcomes: What You Need to Know  - Watch the recording
APA has a new Introductory Psychology Initiative that provides recommendations for teaching the intro psych course, training teachers, and assessing student learning. In this webinar, Jane Halonen (University of West Florida) will discuss the Initiative's recommendations regarding student learning outcomes and assessment strategies to improve the quality of the introductory psychology experience.

Abnormal Psychology in the Era of COVID-19 with Ron & Jon Comer - Watch the recording
Join Ronald J. Comer (Princeton University) and Jonathan S. Comer (Florida International University), the renowned best-selling authors of Abnormal Psychology and Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, as they review the rapidly growing body of research on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the state of mental health and its treatment.

Making a Smooth Transition to Online Assessment with Scott Cohn - Watch the recording
Looking for simple solutions? Professor Scott Cohn (Western Colorado University) will demonstrate tips and techniques for creating a positive online assessment experience for students. Resource options will be compared with specific examples from his Introductory Psychology course.

Diversity: A Hidden Strength in the Psychology Classroom with Debra Roberts - Watch the recording
Debra Roberts (Howard University), lead supplements author of My Psychology, draws on her years of teaching and research to share strategies for talking about diversity in psychology classes.

The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous with Dr. Joseph Henrich - Watch the recording
What does it mean to be WEIRD—that is, raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic? Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical. They focus on themselves—their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations—over their relationships and social roles.

Busting the Myths About Happiness with Daniel Gilbert- Watch the recording
Do your students know what makes them happy? They probably think they do, and much what they think is probably wrong. Professor Gilbert will discuss the science of happiness, and tell you about some findings that will surprise your students – and maybe you as well! 

Bringing Open Science to Undergraduate Statistics with Susan Nolan & Kelly Goedert-  Watch the recording
In this webinar, Dr. Kelly Goedert and Dr. Susan Nolan will describe how the use of statistics in psychological science is changing as the field undergoes an open-science revolution. They will highlight ways to update your undergraduate statistics course that center on an ethical approach to analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data, and will offer engaging examples and activities you can use in your classroom.

Stronger Than You Think: The 10 Blind Spots That Undermine Your Relationship…and How to See Past Them with Gary Lewandowski- Watch the recording
Everyone deserves a great relationship. Have you found yours? It can be hard to know, but it’s important to ask. Relationships are important. Time is short. Mistakes are costly. In this talk I’ll discuss some of the mistakes we make in our relationship without ever realizing we’re doing it. Often, these blind spots encourage us to undervalue our relationship. No one wants to settle in order to settle down, but we can also be too harsh and overly critical. Relationship science can help. Better data leads to better decisions.

How Alzheimer’s Disease is Changing Normal Aging with Jason Karlawish- Watch the recording
A quiet revolution is transforming how we think about the aging brain. As decades of research into the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease is transforming clinical practice, the border between aging and disease is beginning to shift. Millions of persons once labelled as experiencing “normal aging” are either not normal, or they’re at risk of becoming abnormal. This talk, drawn from the presenter’s book The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It explains this revolution and its consequences for an aging America. The focus is the intersecting stories of two seminal events: the discoveries of mild cognitive impairment and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Together, these discoveries have transformed how physicians define Alzheimer’s disease. They promise early diagnosis and treatment and also a strange mix of opportunities and threats to the identity, agency, and privacy of aging Americans.

Revealing the Science of Implicit Bias to Foster Inclusion with Toni Schmader- Watch the recording
Research in social psychology reveals a myriad of ways that implicit biases contribute to group disparities, but teaching students about these biases can be challenging. Professor Schmader will discuss a variety of class exercises that can be used, not just to teach students about the science of implicit bias, but also to help them apply this knowledge in a way that will help them foster greater inclusion in their social world.

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