Stereotype Threat
Nov05

Stereotype Threat

One’s reputation, whether false or true, cannot be hammered, hammered, hammered into one’s head without doing something to one’s character. – Gordon Allport After receiving a number of messages about the last two posts I’d written on self-affirmation, I was surprised to find that I had never discussed one of the primary uses for it: combatting stereotype threat. As one of our readers shared last week, being one of the few women of...

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Mastering Your Memory
Sep07

Mastering Your Memory

Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us. — Oscar Wilde What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever forgotten? Don’t worry, with my head in the clouds so often , I’m sure I’ve done worse. Along with improving your concentration, improving your memory is probably one of the most important cognitive skills to develop. So to help you do so today, I’m going to start with a little magic. Or rather, The Magical Number...

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Implicit Bias
Jul13

Implicit Bias

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Robertson Davies If you’ve listened to the news recently, you’ve probably heard the term “implicit bias” used in regards to prejudice. It has come up in the media quite a bit with the recent police shootings of black men, and it’s important to understand what implicit bias really means. Now, in regards to race, explicit bias refers to the conscious recognition that...

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The Trick to a Super Memory
Aug05

The Trick to a Super Memory

Time moves in one direction, memory another. – William Gibson If you haven’t heard me complain about my big and impending candidacy test (the three-part exam that determines whether I’m “worthy” to pursue a PhD), then you have that opportunity now: Ah! I have a huge test—that covers everything in social psychology!—in just over a week! But in order to study and memorize all the information for it, I do what any good student does and...

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A Naval Sendoff
May20

A Naval Sendoff

Those who command themselves, command others. — William Hazlitt It’s not easy having a brother in the Naval Academy. It’s even less easy when that brother is graduating this Saturday, your parents are falling all over him (even though you just got your master’s degree), and he’s twice the muscle size as you as your younger brother. Fortunately, hearing the stories of my brother’s experience at the...

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