Jedi Counsel Episode 112 – Doctor Who and Psychology with Dr. Jack Arnal

Katie spoke to Dr. Jack Arnal, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Zombie Science Instructor, about how he uses pop culture to teach college classes. First, he talked about the interesting pathway that led him to cognitive psychology and the similarities between teaching and stand-up comedy. Next, he shared how he got involved with the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. Then, we discussed Dr. Arnal’s first-year college seminar on Doctor Who and Metacognition (including explanations of concept mapping, semantic networks, and a variety of evidence-based studying approaches). We concluded with a discussion about the ways that pop culture can be a useful tool in education (e.g., by contributing to transfer of learning).  If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or telling a friend about us. Thank you so much for listening!

For more information:

Dr. Jack Arnal’s website and Twitter page

Dr. Arnal’s Doctor Who and Metacognition blog post

Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science

The Learning Scientists website

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Jedi Counsel Podcast 86 – College Mental Health

Hello! This week, we started out with a bit of nerdy news before launching into our main topic: college mental health. We began with a brief history of mental health services on college campuses (which have been around for over 100 years!) and recommended reading this fascinating Kraft (2011) article. Next, we gave some suggestions for helping students with a variety of different concerns (e.g., seeking therapy referrals, exhibiting unusual behavior, requesting accommodations). We discussed student/professor boundaries and strategies for reducing mental health stigma in the classroom. We concluded by recommending an interesting article by Jesse Singal on The Myth of the Ever-More Fragile College Student. Contact us on Twitter if you have any specific topics you’d like us to talk about! Thanks for listening! We are so grateful for your support!