October brought us another outstanding faculty presentation, this one from Dr. Zapf, who presented her study on the early regular plural. November brings us an exciting presentation from Dr. Burns titled Emotion and Stereotype Threat. Dr. Burns’ colloquium will be on November 15th from 5:00-5:30 in MAC 105. On December 4th, Dr. Wilson-Doenges will be presenting her research on Windows and Nature in the Classroom: A View to Learning? Her presentation will be from 12:30-1:00 in ES 328. The full schedule for the semester can be found on the web.
Who receives this month’s helping of fame and candy? Read on for October’s trivia answers and winners!
Question: When a member of a group is worried about being judged according to a stereotype, this can negatively affect his or her performance. What do social psychologists call this phenomenon?
Answer: Brittany Broder is not just our featured Research Assistant. She is also one of several students who knew (not surprisingly given her work with Dr. Burns) that stereotype threat is when there is a negative stereotype about one’s own group. Individuals feel the threat of being evaluated according to the stereotype, which negatively impacts their performance. For example, women will underperform on a math test if they are worried that they are being judged according to the women and math stereotype. Great job Brittany!
Question: Which faculty member, based on his or her performance at PHD Club’s Cold Stone Fundraiser, is clearly not lactose intolerant?
Answer: So, it would seem that a lot of students must know about Dr. Martin’s now infamous Cold Stone Creamery eating performance. However, Robyn Gabel answered this one well with her submission (and commentary), “Dr. Martin! I have never seen someone eat so much ice cream and not be sick!” We haven’t either, Robyn. Dr. Martin wanted readers to know that it isn’t just ice cream he can eat in mass quantities. It’s pizza, bratwurst, Taco Bell…pretty much anything that doesn’t have mushrooms, almonds, or peas.
Really craving your own candy bar and some well-deserved recognition? Enter this month’s Trivia Contest using the electronic link below.
Faculty Trivia: Which faculty member helped to support herself through college by serving as the culinary artist (i.e., cook) for a fraternity house at an Ivy League school?
HUD/PSYCH Trivia: Which lobe of the brain is believed to play the most significant role in judgment and decision-making?
A friend of the PF passed on word that the deadline for the Tony Galt Memorial Scholarship is in mid-December. A former UWGB faculty member, Professor Galt saw international travel as a crucial element of education. His family generously established a scholarship in his name that provides $2,500 to one student for overseas travel that is part of their education (either through independent research or participation in a formal study abroad program). To learn more, contact UWGB’s Office of International Education or visit the scholarship website.
With the Hollywood writers on strike, the Letterman staff might have even more time on their hands to sue us for borrowing their standby, “The Top 10 List,” so we didn’t know how we’d manage to make this issue funny. The creative minds behind the PF came up with a brilliant and radically different solution: The Top 11 List. We figure with the need for writers right now, we’re sure to be snatched up by The Daily Show any day, so enjoy our Top 11 Best Things about Being a Human Development or Psychology Student while you can!
11. Little need to worry about setting up off-shore bank accounts or the horrible stress that comes with being rich.
10. Choosing courses is easy – just take the one that’s still available when you register.
9. Knowing the difference between the preoperational stage and concrete operational stage of development will make you the life of the party this Thanksgiving.
8. You’re more able to console your friends if the Packers ever lose again.
7. 600 fellow majors and minors pretty much guarantees you’ll make friends.
6. Interesting faculty behavior (e.g., decorating plastic flamingos) provides endless opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in Abnormal Psychology.
5. Background in statistics makes you better able to calculate the odds of graduating in four years.
4. Two little words: “APA Style.”
3. Keenly able to differentiate between actual psychology and reverse psychology.
2. Can explain to your friends exactly why Ratemyprofessor.com is not a reliable and valid measure of teacher quality.
1. The Pink Flamingo…duh.