About this website…
For 36 years I taught psychology at Penn State University Berks Campus, Reading, PA, and was a founder and Coordinator of the Applied Psychology Degree Program there. After retiring from full-time teaching in 2007, I taught part-time for nine years as an adjunct professor in the Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology Adult Degree Completion Program at Albright College in Reading. During my 45-year professional career as a psychology professor, adviser, mentor, faculty leader, administrator, author, consultant, and social service agency volunteer (and most recently as a late-blooming musician), I have amassed a core of educational resources, articles, demonstrations, and instructional materials related to psychology that I find highly valuable.
This website is my depository of those collected materials, now easily accessible for anyone interested in applying psychology to their personal and professional lives–mostly notably in the areas of psychology I have taught: social, industrial/organizational, group dynamics, cognitive, health, adult development, and adjustment. I have also included materials from projects that I have recently completed and am currently working on.
I am now retired from college teaching, but my lifelong desire to educate and help others understand the most important and useful concepts in psychology has not diminished. I’m convinced that lives would be richer and the world would be a safer and more tranquil place if psychological literacy were universal. So I continue to add to this site new materials that I discover from online sources. Since 2014, I have curated a Psychology-at-Work Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/Psych_at_Work, following 65+ researchers, scholars, clinicians, consultants, and professional organizations in my specialty areas of applied psychology. Based on my evaluation of the validity, usefulness, and relevance of the many posts I review every day, I choose one or more short articles to publish for my followers on Twitter and on my Psychology-at-Work page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/psychologyatwork.org, sometimes adding my own comments. This is valuable educational information that followers can apply to home, health, work, school, and relationships. I invite you to follow my regular Psychology-at-Work postings on Twitter, Facebook, as well as Pinterest, https://in.pinterest.com/drhop/psychology-at-work–where I catalog interesting and provocative graphic materials related to psychology.
I will be updating, revising, and adding resources regularly to this website–so please check back frequently to see what is new. I am grateful for the suggestions and feedback I receive from site visitors, and will try to continually improve this site.
I hope you will find material here useful for a psychology course you might be taking or in your personal and professional growth and development–knowledge that will enrich your life and the groups/organizations you are a part of. If so, please leave a comment and suggestions for additional content.
Henry O. Patterson, Ph.D.
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Here are recent additions to the website as of 7-12-14…
As someone who enjoys all kinds of music, I often listen for the psychological truths or fallacies in pop song lyrics. Sometimes a song might raise questions about some aspect of human behavior, sometimes a song might illustrate some important concept in psychology, and sometimes a song might offer astute and helpful advice. Over the years, I have collected a number of pop songs (with the help of students, colleagues, and friends) that strike me as being psychologically provocative. When discussing an issue in a psychology class or workshop, often a song is a fun way of introducing the topic and starting a discussion.
On my Psychology in the Arts & Media page, I’ve listed pop songs that I find psychologically provocative and that raise questions about human nature. I’ve included the concepts in psychology to which the song most clearly relates, and some of my questions about and reactions to the song. Where available, I have included YouTube URLs that play the song and display the lyrics.
Check out my list…
Here are recent additions to the website as of 1-22-14…
Adult Development & Aging
Time lapse video of aging process–child to old age: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVEiAU_F2qw
Time lapse of person over 90 years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H9citCL46M
Funny prayer for the aging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1QbnLDvEfc&feature=em-share_video_user
Facebook’s oldest user–105 years old: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/edythe-kirchmaier_n_4165059.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
The Brain–teaching modules from video series: http://www.learner.org/resources/series142.html
Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wkFGXqJxas
Howard Gardner talks about multiple intelligence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODPSRcZ2-Yg
Learning & Memory (See also Training & Development)
How to harness the power of habits–Charles Duhigg interview on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147296743/how-you-can-harness-the-power-of-habit
The Power of Habit–author Charles Duhigg interview on NBC Today show: http://www.today.com/video/today/46554965#46554965
TED–Angela Lee Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania professor and MacArthur Fellowship winner, discusses her research on “grit” as the essential element of success: http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html
I had a black dog named depression–World Health Organization sponsored cartoon illustrating the experience of depression to commemorate World Mental Health Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc
Perception (Illusions), Judgment, Decision Making (Problem Solving), Cognitive Errors, & Critical Thinking
TED–How to spot a liar: http://www.ted.com/talks/pamela_meyer_how_to_spot_a_liar.html
Psychology & Music
Explanation of musical performance anxiety and ways of coping (short student project–but good information): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=juBdg9snMxI
Social Psychology & Group Dynamics
TED–Body language (how it can change how we see ourselves: “fake it until you become it”): http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html
Stress & Coping
APA Stress survey–sources & affects on health: http://www.apamonitor-digital.org/apamonitor/201203#pg20