Thursday & Friday, June 27-28, 2024
Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

This annual conference is limited to 100 participants who share a passion for Introductory Psychology. It will feature three outstanding keynote addresses as well as a range of workshops, demonstrations, and interactive round-table discussions. You can expect to leave the conference with new ideas you can implement to improve your course and engage your students. 

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Thursday & Friday, June 22-23, 2023
Duke University

Durham, North Carolina


Afiya Mbilishaka

Getting the Parts Straight: Integrating Hair, Heritage, and Health in Introductory Psychology

The recent years of racial reckoning have taught social scientists that everyone needs to be informed about the complexity of race's meaning in our society; however, it can be challenging to be inclusive in the methods, aims, and content of our psychology courses. In this interactive lecture, attendees will clarify their roles in bringing innovative approaches to culturally-informed health care to our classrooms.

Dr Afiya Mbilishaka  grew up as her family’s hairstylist, graduating from lawn chairs at cookouts to eventually holding space in her college dorm room for a mini-salon. Her trait of being a skillful active listener and creative translated smoothly to the field of psychology, earning her degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Howard University. At the age of 26, Dr. Mbilishaka earned a PhD in clinical psychology and was a therapist at Columbia University, later heading the psychology program at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Mbilishaka innovated the practice and research of "PsychoHairapy," where she uses hair as an entry point for mental health services in beauty salons and barbershops, as well as social media.

David G Myers

Misinformation and Education in a
Post-Truth Age

Hope College social psychologist David Myers will, first, offer 10 striking examples of how people (at both ends of the political spectrum) express beliefs in things that are clearly untrue. He then will recap psychological mechanisms that enable and sustain false beliefs. Finally, he will illustrate the contribution of scientific inquiry and the role of educators in restraining misinformation.

Dr. David G. Myers is a professor of psychology at Hope College in Michigan, United States, and the author of 17 books, including popular textbooks entitled Psychology, Exploring Psychology, Social Psychology and general-audience books dealing with issues related to Christian faith as well as scientific psychology. Recently, he's published How Do We Know Ourselves: Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind, a new collection of short essays that shine the light of psychological science on our wonder-full lives. He has been featured at many conferences, including NIToP and is widely hailed as a wise and dynamic speaker.

Danny Oppenheimer

Choosing To Learn: The Value of Autonomy in a Post-Secondary  Education

Despite a large literature demonstrating the importance of agency/autonomy in student motivation and achievement, there has been little focus on developing specific, practical, and implementable interventions that promote autonomy in educational settings. If anything, many practices endorsed by university teaching and learning centers, such as mandatory attendance, mandatory drafts, and syllabus quizzes, serve to undermine feelings of autonomy. Here, we briefly review the literature on the benefits of promoting agency, provide several concrete teaching strategies for doing so, and provide evidence of their efficacy. Agency-promoting teaching practices have the potential to improve student outcomes both in the classroom (i.e. more motivated students who consequently learn more) and beyond.

Dr. Danny Oppenheimer is a professor at Carnegie Mellon jointly appointed in Psychology and Decision Sciences who studies judgment, decision making, metacognition, learning and causal reasoning, and applies his findings to a diverse array of domains, such as charitable giving, consumer behavior, education, electoral outcomes, and how to trick students into buying him ice cream.  He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles and books including "Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System that shouldn't work at all works so well" and "Psychology: The Comic Book Introduction". He has won awards for research, teaching, and humor, the latter of which is particularly inexplicable given his penchant for truly terrible puns.

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