Observer Vol. 24, No. 7 September 2011

Member Article

Anatomy of a New Federal Program


Not long ago, NIH invited 250 of the best scientific minds from universities across the country to advise on how to start a $120–150 million research project. It ended ten years later in not such a usual way — even for Washington — with a major new initiative at NIH called OppNet, shorthand for Basic Behavioral Science Opportunity Network, the focus of the recent meeting. We both believe its results are going to change the face of health care. ... More>

Student Notebook

Transitions: Students in Psychological Science


The field of psychological science is constantly in a state of change. The future of psychological science depends on the work of both emerging and veteran scientists, as well as the engagement of new students in the field.... More>

Observer Article

Wikipedia in the Classroom


Professor Michael Reynolds of Trent University in Ontario, Canada gave his students two options: They could (1) write yet another essay OR (2) write/edit an article for Wikipedia—a paper that would have a lasting impact and potentially be read be thousands of their fellow students and many professors.... More>


Insight on Out-of-Body Experiences


When you hear “out-of-body experience,” you probably think of hallucinations caused by drugs or a mental instability, but a new study published in Elsevier’s Cortex suggests that out-of-body experiences (OBEs) occur in nonclinical populations as well.... More>

Observer Article

The Joy of … Theorizing


There’s the Joy of Cooking, the Joy of Sex, and now … the Joy of Theorizing. Daniel Wegner has created more than his share of influential theories in psychological science, and in his William James Fellow Award Address at this year’s APS Convention, the Harvard researcher reflected on what theories are and why he enjoys them so much. ... More>