Letter/Observer Forum

Not Just Limericks

The University of Texas Limerick Committee article reminded me of our graduate student double-dactyl committee in the 1960s at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here is the one that has never left my memory.... More>

Letter/Observer Forum

A Simple Restriction on Crankiness

Crankiness is a widespread phenomenon among academics. Some might even see it as distinctive of the trade, similar to absent-mindedness, obliviousness, and other clichéd mental traits. However, it usually is the crankiness of professors that potentially drives deans, chancellors, fellow professors, and students crazy. It costs time, nerves, money, and sometimes, in severe cases, even leads some to drop-out or resign.... More>

Presidential Column

Day At The Museum


In the movie “Night at the Museum,” exhibits only come to life when no one is around. But a unique research program at the Museum of Science in Boston is bringing psychological science to life for visitors by involving them as collaborators in the research process. ... More>

Member Article

Weighing the Options


New Years has come and gone. For many of us, so have our diet resolutions. Each year people turn to weight loss programs to drop the unwanted pounds. As director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, my graduate students, staff and I are dedicated to the empirical study of eating behavior and theory.... More>


In Memory of David P. McCabe


David Peter McCabe, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on January 11, 2011. His death is a great loss to his family, friends, and colleagues, and also to the field of psychological science. Dave has left a lasting impression on us all and on the research he loved. We will remember him for his passion for innovative research, genuine kindness, wit and friendship.... More>