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4/16

Psychology:

Read the article about PTSD. Consider…

  • What stood out to you?
  • How did this revise or expand your understanding of PTSD?

http://www.vox.com/2015/1/29/7945099/ptsd-myths-trauma

Economics:

Many people are protesting for a dramatic increase of minimum wage ($15/hour), to account for increases in living costs. Read the following article and consider these questions…

  • What benefits would you foresee in raising the minimum wage? Explain.
  • What are concerns might you foresee? Explain.
  • What stands out to you from this article?
  • What do you observe from the visual graph of MW by state?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/campaign-to-begin-for-a-15-minimum-wage-in-dc/2015/04/15/ea0852b2-e357-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html

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3/26

Psychology:

Several years ago Amy Chua, Professor of Law at Yale, wrote this article to accompany her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom.  It became a huge story and subject to lots of critique.  Consider…

  • What is your take on Chua’s perspective of parenting?
  • Are there parts of her position with which you disagree?
  • Are there parts of her position with which you agree?
  • What is the appropriate/effective way to parent a child?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704111504576059713528698754

Economics:

Most currencies are issued by national governments.  Bitcoin is a new digital currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person/group using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.  There are many questions about its legitimacy, but it is taking off.  Explore the two sites below.  Watch the video on the first site and read the second.  Address the following:

  • How is Bitcoin different from other currencies?
  • What are the advantages to Bitcoin?
  • What are the disadvantages to Bitcoin?
  • Would you trust/use Bitcoin?
  • Consider the “standards” for effective currency.  Does Bitcoin meet them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Gc2en3nHxA4

http://money.cnn.com/infographic/technology/what-is-bitcoin/


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3/24

Psychology:

This is an article analyzing the developmental distinctions of the Millennial Generation (born from 1980-2000).  This is taken from a TIME feature and is a bit longer, but worth the read (click on link below access as PDF file).  Consider…

  1. What is contributing to Millennials’ narcissism (self-absorption, self-centeredness)?
  2. What is the unintended consequence of focusing on high self-esteem? How has society confused the causes and effects of positive self-esteem? What message/emphasis would be a better model?
  3. According to Stein, what are some of the strengths of Millennials?
  4. You are a “Millennial” (so am I). How do you react to this article? What observations do you find real and/or insightful? Is there anything you challenge or contest?

Millennials; Joel Stein

Economics:

View this TED talk about whether droids (machines/robots) are taking jobs.  Consider…

  • How is technology changing the labor market?
  • Is this presenter optimistic or pessimistic? Why?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about what technology is doing to labor markets? Why?
  • How does this inform the way you think about your vocational aspirations?

http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_mcafee_are_droids_taking_our_jobs


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4/17

Psychology:

This week, you will watch two great (some of the most viewed) TED Talks.  The first is from Daniel Pink, who you already read an interview from, discussing motivation.  Watch and consider the following…

  • What motivates?  How is it different depending on the task?
  • What are your thoughts?

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation?language=en#t-509683

Economics:

This is a population map that shows population density and racial make-up.  Click the link and click “add map labels” in the upper-left corner to see city names.  View the whole country, and zoom in to at least 3 different regions/cities, including your address.  Consider…

  • What are your general observations?
  • What do you notice about where you live?
  • What does this map tell you about economics?

http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/index.html


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3/10

Psychology:

Here is a good TED Talk on Working Memory by Educational Psychologist Peter Doolittle.  This is good review of what we’ve discussed, and hopefully extends your understanding of working memory.  Consider:

  • In your own words, how would you explain working memory to someone?
  • Reflect on Dr. Doolittle’s message: What struck you as interesting?
  • What implications does his message have for the way you think, learn and remember?
  • What is his final “takeway (most important) point”? What are the implications of this point?

https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_doolittle_how_your_working_memory_makes_sense_of_the_world#t-549972