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Empirical Science for the Spotless Mind

The blank slate, the dominant theory of human nature in modern intellectual life stating that humans are shaped entirely by their experiences and not by any preexisting biological mechanisms, is […]... More>


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Adaptations of the Brain

In the complex studies of neurons and gray matter, cognitive psychologist Stephen Engel is sticking to the basics. Engel, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, was able […]... More>


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Goodness of Fit: The History of the Person-Environment Paradigm

Matching people to the environments they live and work is centrally important in industrial/organizational psychology. At this year’s Annual Convention in Los Angeles, an invited symposium examined the history of […]... More>


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Convention Snapshots

Judy DeLoache discusses how children become symbolminded. Her Bring the Family Address centered on the challenges children face and “how infants and very young children first start to learn about […]... More>


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Dropping The Ball

“If you don’t want to discover true associations, ignore what is going on among modern [statistical] techniques,” said Rand Wilcox, University of Southern California, playfully addressing the overflow audience. Wilcox’s […]... More>