Observer Vol. 24, No.6

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The Family That Researches Together Presents Their Science Together

Since 2009, my daughters and I have presented research that we did as a family at the APS Annual Conventions. I am a Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, but our daughters Kristin and Karen persued very different academic interests. ... More>


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APS Journals at Convention

In a special pre-convention event, five distinguished researchers came together to discuss the latest research on schizophrenia, a debilitating mental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Though each of the researchers examined a different facet of the disease, all five, all five, whose articles were among those in a special issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science last year. agreed that schizophrenia research has come a long way.... More>


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Recognizing Michele Nathan

This year, the APS Board of Directors honored the fixer who for 20 years has almost single-handedly made APS journals the best, clearest, and most pleasant-to-read journals in the field. Since nearly the first issue of our flagship journal, Michele Nathan has whipped Psychological Science articles into shape (often a bewildering experience for authors, who are not used to her strictness about the minutiae of grammar and usage). And as the journal has grown, Michele has trained a growing cadre of copy editors to take the same old-school, craftsman-like approach to the art.... More>


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When Economics Met Psychology

Economists have long sought to understand how people make decisions, but some of their most remarkable insights have occurred only recently, as they have begun a dialogue with psychological scientists. The fruits of this convergence were on full display during the afternoon-long Choices theme program at the APS 23rd Annual Convention.... More>


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Not the Mystery it Used to Be

One of the core concepts of psychology is consciousness. Yet, because consciousness has generally been considered intangible, it has been thought that science will never be able to truly characterize it. But as the four researchers at the Consciousness theme program at the APS 23rd Annual Convention demonstrated, advances in the field are helping scientists tease apart the mysteries of consciousness and turn them into solvable scientific problems.... More>