Observer Vol. 23, No. 10 December, 2010

Cover Story

The Psychological Study of Smiling

A smile begins in our sensory corridors. The earcollects a whispered word. The eyes spot an old friend on the station platform. The hand feels the pressure of another hand. This emotional data funnels to the brain, exciting the left anterior temporal region in particular, then smolders to the surface of the face, where two muscles, standing at attention, are roused into action.... More>

The State of Psychological Science in Colombia

Colombia was the first South American country to estab­lish an undergraduate program for training professional psychological scientists. The psychology program was founded on November 20th, 1947, at the National University of Colombia (Bogotá)... More>

Wikipedia is the Encyclopedia that Anybody Can Edit. But Have You?

Launched in 2001, Wikipedia is now the most commonly used source for general reference on the Internet. It ranks fifth among the world’s most visited websites and contains over 17 […]... More>

Entering the Academic Job Market, Part II

The process of waiting for responses from search chairs and preparing for interviews can be both an exciting and stressful time for academic job applicants. While the prospect of finally “growing up,” visiting new locales, or taking that first step toward professional life can be energizing, the unknown element surrounding one’s first academic interview can be overwhelming.... More>


Global Warming Warnings Can Backfire

Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway

From Priuses to solar panels and plastic-bag bans (and even green dating!), it seems that everyone’s going green.... More>