Instructor Insights

Bringing Demonstrations into the Classroom

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Prof. Gabrieli discusses how he uses in class demonstrations to bring research to life.

Real-life Experiments

A cool thing about psychology, since we study humans, is that instructors can demonstrate a lot of the research in the classroom. People get to see that we’re really studying them: how they remember things, how they feel about things, and their personalities.

I use demonstrations as often as I can. Demonstrations during lectures are unique; a textbook can’t replicate the experiences they provide. I particularly love demonstrations that involve students doing physical activities in the classroom. These experiences are very engaging for students.  

"People get to see that we’re really studying them: how they remember things, how they feel about things, their personalities."
— Prof. Gabrieli

Demonstrations also add variety to the lectures. After students learn a few points presented via slides, I get an actual human going up and doing things.

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