Observer Article

Jamesland a Delightful Visit

A FEW YEARS AGO, my husband Richard L. Rapson, an American historian, and I were having breakfast with the great Henry James biographer, Leon Edel, and his younger brother, Abe, […]... More>


Observer Article

The Secret Vita

A flurry of correspondence came to me after my January 2004 presidential column, “Vita Voyeur.” It turns out that when I listed several types of vitae toward the end of […]... More>


Letter/Observer Forum

Observer Forum: Befriending Taylor’s Research

SHELLEY TAYLOR’S FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT research [Observer, January 2004] was very insightful, and I can draw an analogy of her work with that of Carol Gilligan, in teasing apart the subtleties of […]... More>


Presidential Column

What Happened to Behaviorism

The year 2004 marks the centenary of B. F. Skinner’s birth. I doubt that most members of the American Psychological Society (and even a smaller proportion of all psychologists) will […]... More>


Observer Article

Expressing Genetic Information

Last April, scientists announced the completion, with greater than 99.99 percent accuracy, of the Human Genome Project, the culmination of a publicly funded, 13-year international effort to sequence the three […]... More>