End-of-Term Upgrades to AHP

Jeremy BurmanThis week, for many, will bring with it the last class of the semester. At AHP, that has meant a few spare moments to finish some behind-the-scenes upgrading. Many of these changes won’t affect your experience of the site. But there are some new features that we hope will make it easier to use. (And more much powerful!)

If you get your news via subscription, you will immediately notice some new options at the end of every item: “Digg This!”, “Share on Facebook”, and either “Add a Comment” or “x comments on this item.” Clicking on “Digg This!” will submit the story to Digg.com, a user-driven news hub, where the world will be able to see it. (Use this button if you think something is particularly worthy of notice.) Similarly, but closer to home, clicking on “Share on Facebook” will allow you to send the item to your friends on the popular social networking site. And clicking on “Add a Comment” will take you to the archived item on the AHP site, kindly hosted by York University, where you can add your own perspective to whatever we report.

If you don’t have a subscription, or if you prefer to get your news by typing ahp.yorku.ca into your web browser, you will see these options plus one other: Subscribe to this feed. Clicking on this will take you to our free off-site syndication feed, which you can then add to your favorite RSS Reader software. (Internet Explorer and Firefox have Readers built in; the advantage of adding the feed to your “favorites” is that you can read content even when you’re offline.)

As has become the standard with such notes, and for those who are interested in Top 5 lists, here is a look at our current “vection.” As of yesterday, AHP had reached a new high of 139 subscribers. The five most popular posts in this group are:

  1. Presentism in the Service of Diversity? (A discussion of “doing history” at Wikipedia)
  2. The History and Future of Bell-curve thinking
  3. Psychedelic Science, with a link to the documentary featured on Horizon, which is in turn augmented by several student-oriented bibliographies:
  4. Common Errors in History of Psychology Textbooks
  5. NY Times: Kafka’s cockroach was real! (Really?)

Among non-subscribers (now up to ~150 every day), there is considerable overlap in interest. Where there are divergences, they are minor and seem to relate primarily to activity by Google and the larger community of bloggers. Of particular note, however, is our posting about The Guardian‘s feature section on Darwin, which continues to draw a surprising amount of attention (600 visitors in the last month alone). The revelation that Industrial Psychology may have been based on a typo (see part 1 & 2) has also been popular.

That’s it for now. If you have comments, either about the upgrades or about our ongoing coverage of the discipline’s news and notes, we’d love to hear them.

About Jeremy Burman

Jeremy Trevelyan Burman is a senior doctoral student in York University’s Department of Psychology, specializing in the history of developmental psychology and its theory (especially that pertaining to Jean Piaget). Prior to returning to academia, he was a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.