Providing students with an understanding of how psychological research is planned, executed, and interpreted
Creating connections between the theoretical scope of psychology and the everyday world that students inhabit
Helping students see the relevance of psychological research in creating an understanding of themselves and others
My courses, regardless of psychological subfield, always strive to emphasize two major themes: scientific evidence and the application of that evidence. Regarding evidence, students should understand that psychology is a scientific endeavor, and that one must properly understand the research questions in order to make sense of the answers. Once this understanding is in place, students can then begin to apply it to their own experience. My favorite question for a student to ask is “Who cares?”. Psychology is so widely relatable (by definition) that each particular concept should lend itself to a larger understanding of ourselves and the psychological reality that we occupy.