HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012 – In the spirit of the holiday season, High Point University students took what they learned about altruism in their psychology class and put it into practice for The Children’s Miracle Network and the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Each semester Dr. Sadie Leder, assistant professor of psychology and associate director of the HPU Poll, gives students the opportunity to apply the psychological principles of pro-social behavior in a hands-on manner. This semester, students decided to focus their good deeds on these two groups by putting together coloring books for hospitalized children, gathering supplies for hurricane victims and writing letters of encouragement to both groups.
“This activity helps my students relate the course material to life outside the classroom,” says Leder. “Although such experiential learning takes place throughout the semester, covering the topic of altruism in this manner and at this time of year makes the material feel particularly significant.”
This charitable giving back has become a tradition for Leder’s introduction to psychology class. In past semesters, students have sent thank you cards to U.S. troops stationed abroad and given Christmas presents to students at a local elementary school.
“I never cease to be amazed at the charitable spirit of the student body at HPU,” says Leder. “My students are always eager to take on this helping behavior activity.”