CNBC quotes our own Alejandro Lleras in a blog post on boosting productivity. Good advice!
According to a study in the journal Cognition, even brief diversions can dramatically improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time.
‘From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long
tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.’
Eye on Psi Chi – Spring 2018
Check out the current issue of Eye on Psi Chi – feature articles focus on snake handling and the psychology of religion, money management, applying your psychology degree to various lines of work, and intellectual humility.
Just thought I’d share a couple of neuroscience items I happened across while browsing online:
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Wilder Penfield, a neurosurgeon whose work led to the discovery that “stimulating certain physical parts of the brain could evoke memory recall, like the smell of burnt toast.”
Neuroscientists track a thought through the brain.
“The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”
Sounds a lot like the skill set you develop in Psychology and LAS.
(STEM expertise is #8, and you get that with our major, as well!)
Read the article in today’s Washington Post.
The Department of Psychology is sponsoring the Illinois Summit on Diversity in Psychological Science, March 26-28, 2018. The Summit aims to set a new agenda for research in psychological science that will transform the way we think about diversity and its context in the academy and in society more broadly.
Registration will begin on November 13 at: conferences.illinois.edu/diversitysummit. The website will not be available until November 13.
Student registration is limited to 50 undergraduates–first-come-first-serve basis & registration fees will be waived for those attending the conference.
Questions? Contact: email@example.com.
Check out this blog post (directed at prospective students, but still good info for students already studying at Illinois) by a Psychology alum (class of 2015). She is currently studying clinical mental health counseling and forensic and legal psychology at Marymount University in Virginia.
“The value of obtaining a degree from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is that it gives you a dynamic education. With a degree in LAS, you are exposed to a variety of skills that make you valuable in the workplace. You will learn how to think critically about abstract topics in psychology, biology, communication, history, and many more areas. Most importantly, you will have the freedom to choose classes from various disciplines that will enhance your primary area of study.”
The Winter 2017 Psychology Times newsletter is out now, including an article by Professor Hua-Hua Chang on his research, information on alumni, 2016 scholarship winners, last year’s Career Information Night, this year’s First Friday panels, and profiles of new faculty.
Here’s some food for thought during registration season: an interesting piece in the Daily Illini on supposed “easy A” courses, the importance of general education, and finding courses that interest you.
Thursday, May 5 – 3:30 pm, Atrium, Psychology Building
The Diversity Committee with the support from Department leadership and administration is hosting this event. As many of you know, there have been multiple incidents of ntolerance on campus recently: swastikas, the noose, anti-immigrant chalking, white student union website, and offensive party costumes.
In order to show solidarity with those directly targeted by these actions; in order to express our strong belief that acts of intolerance and structural violence deeply affect and hurt all of us; in order to end the semester on a note of witnessing and honoring inclusivity.
Bring your flashlights and phones to light up the atrium. If you have a poem, song or a brief message you would like to share at the Vigil, email Elaine Shpungin as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have friends, family, or colleagues who are not in the Psychology Department please feel free to bring then along. All are welcome. If you have questions, concerns or comments about the Vigil, please email Elaine Shpungin, current chair of the Diversity Committee (address above).