July/August Observer Volume 26, Number 6

Observer Article

Psychological Scientists Call for Paradigm Shift in Data Practices

Fabricating data to support an a priori hypothesis is the ultimate sin in scientific research. But what about throwing out an “outlier” or two? Or reporting some, but not all, of the measures you tested? These questionable research practices tend to fly under the radar, but they present a real challenge to the rigor and replicability of science. ... More>


Student Notebook

Students Chart a Career in Psychological Science

The APS Student Caucus (APSSC) held a host of events designed to get aspiring psychological scientists engaged and connected. It began with the Student Social held at Uptown Tap House […] More>


Observer Article

Multitasking in the Automobile

[VIDEO] David L. Strayer has spent more than a decade studying the fundamental factors that impair drivers and lead to automobile accidents. Some distractions — like talking or texting on a smartphone — are already widely recognized as dangerous. But much of Strayer’s work focuses on cognitive distractions that occur even when people keep both hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. ... More>


Observer Article

A Legend in the Study of Rumination

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema of Yale University, a pioneer in the field of rumination, died in January at the age of 53 following heart surgery. A half dozen speakers — many of them scientific and academic protégés, and many of them choking up at times — gathered at the APS 25th Annual Convention to remember her life and work. Her husband, Richard, was on hand to receive the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award on her behalf. ... More>


Observer Article

Paul Meehl: A Legend of Clinical Psychological Science

When Paul Meehl died 10 years ago, he left behind a rich legacy of scientific thought. Meehl influenced research in a range of areas, from psychiatric classification to psychometric assessment, and his publications have been cited more than 25,000 times. ... More>