2014 Highlights

As a Member of the Association for Psychological Science, you are part of an influential group of more than 26,000 colleagues dedicated to scientific psychology. Stay connected to share in the successes of APS in supporting and promoting psychological science across all its many facets.

APS announces a major new initiative


The inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS,) to be held in the heart of Amsterdam on 12-14 March 2015, is an international conference dedicated to scientific advances in all areas of psychology and related disciplines. This unique meeting will feature integrative science symposia designed to deploy diverse research methods and attack problems at multiple levels of analysis as well as cutting-edge methodological workshops to not only learn about others’ research findings, but to learn how to execute the research methods that produced them. We invite you to share your ideas with colleagues from around the globe at this first-ever international gathering of the global psychological science community. A forthcoming Call-for-Presentations will announce the many opportunities for you to take part in the ICPS symposium sessions and scientific poster presentations. Be sure to mark your 2015 calendar with this historic event for psychological science.

Building a Better Psychological Science

Perspectives_textsquare_webRecent initiatives in psychological science such as facilitating replication and ensuring sound methodologies have sparked a lively dialogue among researchers, publishers and the general public. In an effort to continue the important conversation on replicability, APS published a special replicability issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, a special section devoted exclusively to the advancement of psychological science in the July 2013 issue of PPS, and hosted an extended theme program, “Building A Better Psychological Science” during the 25th APS Annual Convention. PPS will soon begin publishing a new article type, the Registered Replication Report, which will consist of multi-lab, high-quality replications of important psychology experiments along with comments by the authors of the original studies. Notably, the labs participating in the first Registered Replication Report of Schooler, Engstler-Schooler’s verbal overshadowing effect study (1990) come from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Poland. The January 2014 issue of Perspectives in Psychological Science features a special section focused on behavioral priming research and attempts at replication.

26th APS Annual Convention

The 26th APS Annual Convention features the latest research and methodologies in psychological science in the wonderful city of San Francisco, California, USA, May 22-25, 2014. The Convention will feature Keynote Speaker Mahzarin R. Banaji and many other distinguished scientists including, Dante Cicchetti, Diane F. Halpern, Robert W. Levenson, Nora Newcombe, Keith Rayner, Terry E. Robinson, Neal Schmitt, Carol A. Tavris, and many more. Register before March 31, 2014 to take advantage of the early bird rate.


Advancing Modern Clinical Science

CPS_textsquare_thumbnail2013 year saw the publication of the first issues of APS’s ground-breaking new journal, Clinical Psychological Science, which reflects and supports the modern era of clinical science in psychology. Under the leadership of founding editor Alan Kazdin, and his distinguished team of associate editors, the journal began taking submissions in April 2012 and published its first articles online in September for the inaugural January 2013 issue. In 2014, CPS will have 6 full issues as it follows the successful footsteps of APS’s other prestigious journals: Psychological ScienceCurrent Directions in Psychological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Psychological Science in the News

From social media to traditional media, APS continues to engage top-tier media outlets. Our research regularly makes headlines around the world, including The New York Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNN, BBC, National Public Radio, major television networks, The Huffington Post, and many more to ensure research from APS journals and members are disseminated accurately and regularly. In addition, APS’s social media remains an integral part of public outreach and has experienced steady growth this year through Twitter and Facebook initiatives.

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Through the APS Wikipedia Initiative, APS Members are leading the effort to improve the quality of psychology entries in Wikipedia, including developing and improving Wikipedia articles as student writing assignments. More than 2,000 individuals have participated and provided the most up to date and accurate information that fully represents the theories, methods, and findings in psychological science, and participants have edited more than 1,600 psychology articles. APS continues to encourage members to get involved with the project, through individual updates or assignments to students as required coursework.

A Network for Postdocs

PostdocExchange_try1The APS Postdoc Exchange connects psychology researchers around the world with a free network for researchers to list postdoctoral opportunities. With over 250 listings, the Postdoc Exchange is a great example of how APS is connecting the global scientific community.

Student Caucus

APSSC_thumbThe APS Student Caucus (APSSC) provides student affiliates with resources and networking opportunities to support students as they develop their careers. The Student Caucus publishes a regular feature in the monthly Observer magazine, offers a mentor-matching program, and provides students with an online funding resource with opportunities around the world for graduate and undergraduate students. APSSC research competitions recognize excellence in student research presented at the APS Annual Convention. Student affiliates also have numerous opportunities to get involved with APS, from contributing an article to the Student Notebook to becoming an APS Campus Representative. There are now 8,100 APS student members (75 percent graduate student members, 25 percent undergraduate student members), representing more than 52 countries around the world.


One of APS’s founding principles is a dedication to supporting the teaching of psychological science. In support of these efforts, APS provides teachers of psychology access to the latest research and news in scientific psychology as well as teaching resources and videos for the classroom. The APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science gives small grants to support projects advancing the teaching of psychology. APS and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology co-host a Teaching Institute in conjunction with the APS Annual Convention, in addition to providing annual support for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers have teamed up to create a new series of Observer columns aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom.


The awards and honors presented annually by APS recognize outstanding achievements in the field of psychological science throughout an individual’s career. APS awards recognize sustained contributions to the field (Fellows), transformative early career contributions (Janet Taylor Spence Award Winners), a lifetime of contributions to applied psychological research (James McKeen Cattell Fellows), and a lifetime of significant contributions to the basic science of psychology (William James Fellows).