Latest Issue: Volume 28 Number 5: May/June 2015

Cover Story

Intertwined Sciences

Integrative research approaches to a broad range of issues — from the psychological impact of poverty to genetic influences on behavior — served as the theme of the first International Convention of Psychological Science, held March 12–14 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In this issue of the Observer, APS shares highlights of the momentous gathering.

Presidential Column

Thoughts on the Future of Data Sharing

APS President Nancy Eisenberg warns that recent federal policy changes on scientific data sharing could threaten the quality of data, the privacy of research participants, and even the design of studies.

Decoding the Neural Signature of Consciousness

Science is teasing apart the series of distinct operations that occur in the brain as a person processes information. APS Fellow Stanislas Dehaene describes new research methods that can help reveal the boundary between conscious and unconscious states of processing.

The Lasting Power of Patience

Longitudinal data collected from thousands of participants from New Zealand and the United Kingdom show that childhood measures of self-discipline predict everything from personal income to the pace of physiological aging in adulthood, APS Fellow
Terrie E. Moffitt reports.

How Brains Think

Humans understand complex aspects of their day-to-day experience through their bodies, says George Lakoff. The acclaimed cognitive linguist provides a comprehensive look at the nature of embodied structures in the brain and the application of cognitive and neural linguistics.

Psychology of Language: From the 20th to the 21st Century

The late psychological scientist George Miller, in an article for the very first issue of APS’s flagship journal, called for the study of language to be considered across general theories of psychology. Gabriella Vigliocco reviews Miller’s article and provides insights on the direction that language psychology will take in the next quarter century.


Remembering Richard R. Bootzin

Colleagues and former students honor a scientist for pioneering the study and treatment of sleep disorders and for championing science-based training for clinical psychological scientists.

Design With Humans in Mind

Working in the technology realm, APS Fellow Donald A. Norman helped engineers base their designs on scientific findings about the ways people and products interact.

Is There a Gender Gap in the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program at NSF?

As reported by Vanessa Lazar and APS Fellow Betty Tuller, data show that academic and research institutions employ disproportionately fewer female than male PhDs in the subfields best represented by the National Science Foundation’s Perception, Action, and Cognition (PAC) program.

Preaching About Teaching

APS Fellow David Daniel advocates a new area of specialization dedicated to translating the science of learning for the classroom.