March 2010

Observation

APS/Psi Chi Summer Research Grant Winners

In partnership with APS, Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology, offers grants for undergraduates to conduct a summer research project under the direction of an APS member. Winning students receive a $3,500 stipend and a complimentary annual membership to APS. Faculty sponsors receive a $1,500 stipend. Following are profiles of the summer 2009 recipients and their projects. For more information on this program, see www.psichi.org/awards.... More>


Observation

Monetary Gain and High-Risk Tactics Stimulate Activity in the Brain

Monetary gain stimulates activity in the brain — even the mere possibility of receiving a reward is known to activate an area of the brain called the striatum. A team of Japanese researchers measured striatum activation in volunteers performing a monetary task and found that high-risk/high-gain options caused higher levels of activation than did more conservative options.... More>


Observation

Penalties for Student Research Participants Failing to Show Up for Studies?

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that over-sees participant protections in all HHS-supported research, announced this past January that federal regulations do not allow the penalization of students who sign up for a research study as part of a course requirement and then fail to show up for the appointment without cancelling in advance.... More>


Observation

A Potential Evolutionary Role for Same-Sex Attraction

What evolutionary value could male homosexuality have, without any discernible reproductive advantage? One possible explanation is the “kin selection hypothesis.”... More>


Observation

Bilingual Babies: The Roots of Bilingualism in Newborns

According to new findings in Psychological Science, infants born to bilingual mothers exhibit different language preferences than infants born to mothers who speak only one language.... More>