Randall C. Young

Created and maintained by Randall C. Young ( rcyoung@bridgewater.edu ); last modified 11/11/05

NOTE: This page will be upgraded at the start of each semester


This is a picture of me at the beginning of a school year



This is a picture of me at the end of a school year! 

(Actually this is a picture of Kurt Lewin - the father of modern social psychology) 











Two Key Aspects of My Self-Identity:

I am ...

a Social Psychologist 

Education background

Research background & current interests

who still thinks of himself as a 

College Pitcher

 Denison University's Baseball Homepage 


Denison Baseball All-Time Pitching Records






Basic approach to the classroom environment

         get students involved in active discussions, 

         develop thinking and writing skills, 

         demonstrate the generalizability of psychology, 

         be enthusiastic and humorous (usually at my own expense). 

To achieve this basic approach, I focus on three principles: 

1.      Foster the studentsí intrinsic motivation for the course material. 

2.      Connect the material of the course to studentsí lives as young adults in a liberal arts environment.

3.      Develop and enhance the studentsí ability to look at information critically and empirically

NOTE: Critical Thinking in my classes and in life is a MUST!
I believe that Discussion Facilitates Critical Thinking
And, I firmly believe that Essays and Short Answer Tests are better ways of reflecting critical thought than multiple choice, true/false, or matching tests 






Leisure Time Favorites



Favorite Links









Family Pictures
Senior Researchers
Class Photos
Bridgewater Gatherings
Bridgewater Ball




Some (Bad) Psychology humor

A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering up his courage, he finally goes over to her and asks, tentatively, "Um, would you mind if I chatted with you for a while?"

She responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs, "NO! I won't sleep with you tonight!" Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally, the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed and he slinks back to his table.

After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, "I'm sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I'm a graduate student in psychology, and I'm studying how people respond to embarrassing situations."

To which he responds, at the top of his lungs, "What do you mean $200?!"

Q: How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change!


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