2012 Convention News
In his Keynote Address at the 24th APS Annual Convention, James S. Jackson of the University of Michigan challenged the "easy" idea of race as an explanation for physical and mental health disparities. His years of research have found that while whites have more favorable rates of physical health disparities, blacks have more favorable rates of mental health disparities. Jackson believes these differences are best explained not by race but by the types of behaviors people engage in to reduce the stressors of life. "Racial group differences that we observe are really only a masquerade — and in fact they are not really racial group differences at all," Jackson says.
John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Parenting Center, author of a number of seminal books, and editor of the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science.
Barry Schwartz - "Bring the Family Address"
There are various ways to do the right thing and most of them are flawed. One can meticulously adhere to rules, for example. Or eagerly perform for various incentives, financial or otherwise. We can avoid the sticks and savor the carrots.
The question is as expansive and provocative as were the answers provided at the Presidential Symposium of the twenty-fourth annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science.
APS president Douglas Medin called for “diverse perspectives” when he posed the profound, three-word question “Who owns science?”
On Saturday night, the Sheraton Ballroom V at the 24th APS Annual Convention was turned into a swinging club featuring the musical talents of five-time Grammy Award winning bass player Victor Wooten and a band of both professional musicians and musically gifted psychological scientists.
Wooten took the stage first and warmed up the crowd with a soaring version of Amazing Grace that morphed from a mellow melody into an explosive, jazzy jam that sent his fingers flying across the strings.
After the band assembled, the music switched to rock with award…
Jonathan A. Obar of Michigan State University kicks off the APS Wikipedia Initiative Special Event Wikipedia in the Classroom: Initial Responses to the Call to Action Friday May 25.
A full crowd in the River Exhibition Hall Events Area saw Robert E. Kraut, Paula Marentette, Margaret P. Munger, Jonathan A. Obar, and Steve Joordens describe the APS Wikipedia Initiative. Presenters shared examples from the class…