Observer Vol 24, No. 9 November, 2011


In Appreciation: Bartley G. Hoebel (1935-2011)

APS Fellow and Charter Member Bartley Hoebel passed away due to cancer on June 11, 2011. Hoebel was best known for his research on food addiction, especially for his work showing that sugar can be an addictive substance.... More>

Student Notebook

Teaching in Graduate School: Another Avenue for Research

In a recent Student Notebook article, Simpson and Varga (2011) stated, “As graduate students, we are indoctrinated to value those three little words: research, teaching, and service”. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine two of those areas in a “two birds, one stone” kind of way? Actually, you can! Research and teaching don’t have to be compartmentalized — they can be two sides of the same coin.... More>

Teaching Tips

Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring the Non-Traditional Graduate Student

Although university classrooms are traditionally populated by recent high school graduates and their peers, the number of non-traditional students entering college has increased in recent years. As changing technology and economic fluctuations affect the job market, many people are returning to school, both undergraduate and graduate, in pursuit of advanced degrees. According to the Council of Graduate Schools (2009), there has been a substantial increase in the number of non-traditional graduate students, and the trend is predicted to continue. By 2018, approximately 3.4 million graduate students will be age 35 and older. These students are likely to encounter different obstacles in completing advanced degrees than traditional students who move from undergraduate programs directly into graduate school.... More>

Champions of Psychology

Champions of Psychology: Dante Cicchetti

APS Fellow Dante Cicchetti has received numerous awards for his work in developmental science as well as his work on policy and practice related to child maltreatment, depression, and mental retardation. ... More>

Cover Story

From the Lab to The Courtroom

The law deals fundamentally with human behavior. It is only natural that psychological scientists should play a role by bringing science to bear on these questions.... More>