In Appreciation: Andy Baum


APS Fellow Andrew Baum died on November 22, 2010 at the age of 62. Baum was a distinguished professor and researcher at The University of Texas Arlington’s Department of Psychology where he made pioneering contributions to the field of health psychology, particularly in behavioral medicine, oncology, and cancer control. He made an impact on the lives of his many friends and colleagues, as seen through the following remembrances. ... More>

Observer Article

Remember When?

The online magazine Slate showed readers a picture of Barack Obama shaking hands with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. About half of Slate’s readers recalled that the handshake had taken place, an impressive figure, not because they demonstrate political awareness. Rather, they confirm years of psychological research showing that false memories can be implanted successfully in about 30 percent of people.... More>

Observer Article

Monkey Business


Over the past decade Laurie Santos, director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale University, has run a number of experiments with capuchin monkeys. Her research shows that humans and monkeys alike fall prey to the same irrational economic tendencies.... More>

Student Notebook

Gaining Teaching Experience in Graduate School

As graduate students, we are indoctrinated to value those three little words: research, teaching, and service. Not the words you had in mind? Welcome to graduate school. Though most of […]... More>

Cover Story

Reflections on Mirror Neurons

In 1992, a team at the University of Parma, Italy, discovered what have been termed “mirror neurons” in macaque monkeys. Giacomo Rizzolati, the celebrated discoverer, will deliver the Keynote Address at the 23rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC, USA, and report on his latest findings. To tide us over until then, here’s a report on the state of mirror neuron science.... More>