New App Puts Psychology News in Student’s Mobile Devices

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App is the latest in the trend toward “curated content”: apps in which an expert in a field - in this case Psychology - helps others avoid information overload by scanning through mountains of content to select the most interesting news.

I can instantly update the app at any time with news from the world of psychology. That's valuable to the app user, amazing to me, and really satisfying.

Michael Britt, psychology teacher and host of the popular podcast, The Psych Files, has just released an iPhone app called “PsycExplorer” (http://www.psycexplorer.com). The app allows students to carry the very latest news, videos, podcasts and tweets about the field of psychology right on their iPhones, iPods, or iPads. The way the app works is also unique - every day Britt scans the latest news from various fields of psychology and selects all the content that will appear in the app that day. PsycExplorer can be updated whenever news from the field of psychology breaks. The app also contains videos on all of the classic studies in psychology as well as recently published video from YouTube.

The app is the latest in the trend toward “curated content”: apps in which one individual helps others avoid information overload by selecting the most interesting news, videos, audio, etc., for others to consume. Unlike Flipbook, another popular app similar to PsycExplorer, Britt personally provides app users with only the text the content creator provides in their free RSS feed. Readers are then directed to the site where the news originated if they want to learn more. “My goal with the app”, says Britt, “is to help high school and college students learn what psychology is really all about. There is a section of the app which provides the latest news and research on psychotherapy of course, but there are also sections on neuroscience, developmental, cognitive, social psychology and other areas. It’s an ideal way, I think, for students and life-long learners to become familiar with the field of psychology and for their teachers to keep up on the latest news and research.” Britt’s podcast, The Psych Files (http://www.thepsychfiles.com), is closing in on its fourth year and its 3.5 millionth download. “I’m proud to have a loyal and growing audience and to see the podcast consistently in the top 10 iTunes list of Higher Education podcasts.” says Britt. The PsycExplorer app is available now in the iTunes app store.

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