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July 2014

The Association for Psychological Science and the members of the Initiative for Integrative Psychological Science invite the international community of psychological scientists and related disciplines to a major new event: the International Convention of Psychological Science, held in March 2015 in the Beurs van Berlage in the heart of Amsterdam. ICPS attendees will hear the latest scientific findings across several broad themes, and through the unique pairing of symposia and methodological workshops, will learn valuable skills to further the body of knowledge in ways that are only possible through an integrative focus. ICPS speakers are among the world’s most distinguished scientists and form an innovative, first-of-its-kind program in psychological science. The keynote speakers are Stanislas Dehaene, George Lakoff, and Terrie E. Moffitt.

Symposia submissions are accepted through midnight, 17 September, while poster submissions are accepted through midnight, 30 September. For more information visit


Many people seem to have negative stereotypes of electric cars, but new research shows what factors break down those biases. More>>

A nap as short as 90 minutes could help people absorb rules of a new language, a new study shows. More>>
The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2014 inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. Applications are encouraged from internationally recognized scholars from psychology or closely related fields who have shown creativity and rigor in their approach and whose record of achievement has left an indelible mark on the field. The recipient will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000 CAD at a ceremony held on the University of Toronto campus on November 12, 2014. For more information on this award, please visit the prize website.

 Views on Free Will Affect Judgment of Criminal Behavior

People who come to believe that the brain drives behavior may be less likely to hold others morally responsible for criminal actions, a new study suggests. More>>

 Bolstering Our
Romantic Partnerships

A new relationship model attempts to explain how couples function as a unit rather than simply exploring how their personalities shape their romantic behavior as individuals. More>>

  How the Economic Downturn Affects the Workplace

Concerns about the unstable economy can lead to decreased commitment, performance, and mental health in employees, says a team of researchers. More>>

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2012.719021

Selected by Janet van Hell
Ngar Yin Louis Lee and Philip N. Johnson-Laird

People solve problems — ranging from enjoyable challenges to tedious, mundane dilemmas — every day. Psychological scientists have examined the techniques people use to work through these obstacles, but there is still more to be learned about our problem-solving processes. Researchers Ngar Yin Louis Lee and APS William James Fellow Philip N. Johnson-Laird conducted three experiments, recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, which aimed to shed some light on how we deal with certain types of challenges. Using a series of matchstick problems, the psychological scientists found that participants go through different stages of problem solving — and experiment with different approaches during each stage. More>>


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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
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Tenure-Track Positions in Pediatric Obesity / Behavioral Medicine