Latest Issue: Volume 27 Number 7: September 2014


Cover Story

The Study of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

In recognition of the new school year beginning in many parts of the world, the Observer examines a host of psychological research on learning — not just in the classroom, but across the life-span.


Presidential Column

Is Our Focus Becoming Overly Narrow?

In her inaugural Presidential Column, Nancy Eisenberg writes about the important role that behavioral measures play in understanding human function.


Literary Character

Literary fiction not only helps academic success but can also affect social skills and emotional intelligence, studies suggest.


Getting It in Writing

Becoming more dependent on electronic communication and less dependent on handwritten messages may impact certain cognitive skills.


Nervous About Numbers

Math anxiety is not given as much attention as reading difficulties, but research shows that it can be equally detrimental to achievement.


‘The First State’ Achieves a First for Science-Based Clinical Training

Delaware, the first state in the Union, is now the premier state to legally recognize a science-focused accreditation system for clinical psychology training. Illinois has followed suit.


Meet the APS Board for 2014–2015

APS welcomes the 2014–2015 Board of Directors.


Academic Observer

Twelve Tips for Department Chairs

It’s not easy being chair. The Academic Observer identifies organizational and interpersonal skills that department chairs can cultivate for successful leadership.


Google Scientist Searches the Workplace

Are managers really necessary? Using her workplace as a laboratory, Google’s Jennifer Kurkoski seeks answers to that question and other organizational puzzles.


Decoding Words on a Page

As we read, subtle eye movements trigger a chain of neurological events that help us understand the text. APS William James Fellow Keith Rayner shares his foundational research on this critical process.


Remembrance

Remembering Varda Shoham

APS Board Member Varda Shoham devoted her boundless energy and intellect to shaping a rigorous science of clinical psychology.


Fostering Budding Writers

Two scientists explore the difficulties of teaching writing skills — and offer some suggestions for the classroom.


A Stay at Camp Cope-a-Lot for Anxious Kids

A 12-session computer-assisted program can help children with anxiety problems overcome their fears, says APS Fellow Philip C. Kendall, who was recognized by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology with the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award.


Tips From a Self-Taught Teacher

Many graduate programs prepare students to be good researchers but not necessarily good teachers, says Justin J. Lehmiller. He offers suggestions to prepare his peers for the classroom.


A Boost for Psychology Education in Uganda

A group of educators is working to apply high-quality teaching standards nationwide.