Latest Issue: Volume 27 Number 6: July/August 2014


Cover Story

Overcoming ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

APS Past President Mahzarin R. Banaji headlines the 2014 APS Annual Convention in San Francisco — a 4-day program of research in psychological science and its subdisciplines. Find coverage of Banaji’s Fred Kavli Keynote Address and other Convention events in this issue of the Observer.


The Roots of Stress

APS President Elizabeth A. Phelps hosts a symposium that explores the mechanisms and consequences of stress from a range of perspectives — including genetic, environmental, and cellular.


Extreme Memory

How can someone memorize a deck of cards in 63 seconds? APS Past President Henry L. Roediger, III, and memory athlete Nelson Dellis unveiled the fascinating world of mnemonic techniques.


Both Ends of the Developmental Continuum

Annette D. Karmiloff-Smith says her research involving infants with Down syndrome could help identify early developmental risks and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease.


Using Technology to Scale the Scientific Mountain

At a special presidential theme program, researchers report on how behavioral genetics, mobile sensing, and social networks have enhanced scientific research.


Exploring the Psychological Science of Violence

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Four eminent researchers discuss factors that might shed light on violence.


From Principles of Cognitive Science to MOOCs

Leading researchers, including APS William James Fellow Richard C. Atkinson, address the challenges of harnessing current technology to enhance learning.


A Year of Reproducibility Initiatives: The Replication Revolution Forges Ahead

Emerging leaders in scientific reproducibility come together to discuss their efforts.


What Big Data Means For Psychological Science

The era of Big Data has enormous potential to change the way we observe human behavior, but challenges remain, say researchers at a theme program on large data sets.


Changing Neurobiology With Behavior

The relationship between the brain and human behavior can be bidirectional, according to Daphne Bavelier and other psychological scientists who spoke at a theme program.


Using Pseudoscience to Shine Light on Good Science

If instructors want students to think like scientists, they have to teach them about decidedly nonscientific ways of thinking, argues APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Scott O. Lilienfeld.


Integrating Research and Clinical Practice

A team of presenters share their experiences implementing innovative training programs designed to blend research-based and clinical practices.


Science That Serves the Public

Applying psychological science to promote public cooperation and the responsible use of technology in education are highlights at the Psychological Science in the Public Interest symposium.


Butler Builds a Culture of Research

Encouraging undergraduate students to attend the APS Convention is part of Butler University's culture of research.


Exploratorium Harnesses the Power of Visitor Participation

A new set of exhibits based on psychological science is about to debut at San Francisco's renowned science museum.


Three Pioneers Go ‘Inside the Psychologist’s Studio’

Three celebrated psychological scientists sat down for interviews about their education, their accomplishments, and their legacies at the 2014 APS Annual Convention in San Francisco.


Remembering the Stanford Prison Experiment

Hundreds of people met Philip G. Zimbardo, the scientist responsible for the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, at the 2014 APS Annual Convention.