May/June 2010

Observation

Cattell Sabbatical Awardees Announced

Douglas L. Medin and Alison Gopnik have been awarded this year’s James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships. These awards provide an extended sabbatical period that allows the recipient to pursue new […]... More>


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Unicorn Joyrides and Other Rewards of a Doctorate in Psychology

"It's like you get to ride around on a unicorn and grant wishes.” That’s how my friend Andy described my new job as Vice President of Content Development at The Tech Museum, a hands-on science and technology center in San Jose, California. I have to agree with Andy; the job is pretty magical.... More>


Psychological Science Around the World

The Changing Landscape for Research Support in British Universities

While psychological scientists in the United States were busily preparing or recycling grant proposals for submission to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act (ARRA), British academics, including psychologists, have been focused on the RAE, the REF, and the “fee cap.” The acronyms may be unfamiliar to North American academics, but the underlying concern — money — will sound very familiar, especially as we all face a worldwide economic mess.... More>


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Behavioral Science is the New Green

Large reductions in energy use are required to avert climate change and strengthen national security. Behavior change is a source of reductions that can be deployed relatively quickly and at low cost compared to technology solutions, such as wind and solar power generation. The current energy crisis may represent the single largest opportunity for behavioral sciences to make an impact on real world events.... More>


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Building a Psychology Lab at a Community College

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Few dispute the importance of introducing undergraduates to the methods of experimental psychology. Unfortunately, the resources aren’t always available. The psychology laboratory at Inver Hills Community College outside St. Paul, Minnesota opened its doors to faculty and students on August 24, 2009. The new lab allows faculty in the psychology department to introduce students to psychological experimentation that helps to elucidate psychological science.... More>