Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
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Anita Blanchard

The End of The World As We Know It: I Feel Fine

Surely, you are saying this at some point. We are. I know my husband and I are old farts, but this song is right on. And, indeed, I spent more than a few nights dancing to this song with the special R.E.M. dance moves (mostly straight arms, snapping hands, shuffling feet) on top of the coffee table in the apartment over ours.

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But that’s another story.

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This post is about generations. I wrote a rambling post two years ago about my doubt that there are actually generational...

Ctrl-Alt-Del

I don’t know if that reference is only relevant to Boomers, geeks, geeky boomers, or geeky Gen Xers. In any case, the world is about to reboot.

We are fixing to see (now, I know that’s an old time Southern phrase) what happens when we all start working at home as well as seriously curtailing our and our children’s extracurricular activities. FOR MONTHS. People: MONTHS!

This is not a two-week delay-of-game. I believe Japan has been working at home since January...

The Next Education Bubble

Last year, I wrote about my department’s widespread dismay that our students (and yours) are cheating. That post was met with a widespread: Meh.

Denial. Not just a river in Egypt.

There were some surprising responses. From an Academic group I belong to: So what. Cheating has been around for years. Back when I started teaching, sororities and fraternities had file cabinets full of old tests for their members to study. Ok! Great! So communities with file cabinets can cheat...

Preliminary Thoughts on the UNC Charlotte Shooting

I want to be clear: this is what it has been like for me in the last week. There are over 30,000 students, faculty, and staff at UNC Charlotte and I’m pretty sure there have been over 30,001 reactions to a gunman shooting our students last Tuesday.

So far, I’ve had students yell at me (via email) that they are PERFECTLY FINE AND NOTHING HAS AFFECTED THEM. I’ve had students share that they were in therapy first thing the next morning after the shooting. I’ve...

Academic Colleagues

I understand how it can go both ways in academia.  You can have colleagues who are really part of your family.  And you have colleagues you are, um, not.

Whichever way it happens, academic colleagues are completely unlike colleagues in other organizations. Academia is the last career in which you can be guaranteed lifetime employment. What this means is that we work with the same people for 30 to 40 years.

That’s a long time.

And while it is of course likely that there will...

Love in the Time of Cholera

My lab had our second online meeting this week. Part of our discussion was keeping socially connected even while practicing social isolation. A 21st century Love in the Time of Cholera as it were. ((Or maybe not. I’m rereading the wiki summary and clearly, I did not understand it the first time I read it))

In any case, a few thoughts are bubbling up on Day 3 of the family and work isolation. First, my family is not nearly settled into any sort of routine. We started homeschooling...

A Whole New World

Two weeks ago–before I left with 15 students for a Spring Break study abroad trip to Berlin–I saw a few coronavirus cases in Germany and was joking that if I had to be quarantined when I came back I would prefer the Army barracks to home because I could work as well as catch up on sleep, knitting, and Netflix.

One week ago, I was contacting the University asking if they were ABSOLUTELY sure we were ok because the number of cases in Berlin were starting to increase–doubling...

An Entitativity Measure and Why

For all you folks out there google searching for Entitativity (and there may be a few) and, in particular, for those of you looking for a validated measure of entitativity, I’d like to direct you to our published peer-reviewed paper in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

For those of you wondering why my lit search on the latest entitativity publications has gotten me all worked up this morning, why don’t you just sit here for a moment with a bag of popcorn. All...

Your Students Are Cheating

So, this is not a comfortable topic. And, surprisingly, the reaction I most frequently get from my academic colleagues is “Not my students.”

Alas.

Your students are cheating.  Not all of them. Not on everything. But on a hell of a lot more than you know, and, apparently, are willing to admit to yourself.

Why am I making this outrageous claim?

Last spring, we found, using our online testing software, that over 30% of our students cheated on every single item of their...

Academic Colleagues

I understand how it can go both ways in academia.  You can have colleagues who are really part of your family.  And you have colleagues you are, um, not.

Whichever way it happens, academic colleagues are completely unlike colleagues in other organizations. Academia is the last career in which you can be guaranteed lifetime employment. What this means is that we work with the same people for 30 to 40 years.

That’s a long time.

And while it is of course likely that there will...