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Psi Chi/APS Grants Support Student Research

Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, in partnership with APS has awarded six grants to undergraduate student researchers and their faculty sponsors. Each student recipient of the 2015 Psi Chi/APS Summer Research Grant will receive a $3,500 stipend, and each faculty sponsor will receive a $1,500 stipend.

Creativity and Insight Problem Solving in Children Helena Shoplik, Saint Vincent College Mark Rivardo, faculty sponsor

Perceived Religiosity and Motive Impact Attitudes Toward Terrorism Adam Norris, University of Oregon Azim Shariff, faculty sponsor

Do Wild Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) Socialize and Play Differently Than Captive Belugas? Sara Guarino, St. Mary’s University Heather Hill, faculty sponsor

The Role of Stress-Related Growth and Coping Processes as Predictors of Depression in South Asians Diagnosed With HIV/AIDS Tina Yu, University of Michigan APS Fellow Edward C. Chang, faculty sponsor

Knowledge Updating in Younger and Older Adults Natalia Ramirez, South Dakota State University Tyler Miller,…


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Bringing Computational Modeling to Psychiatry

It can be challenging to understand the complex interactions and relationships that result in the development and maintenance of psychiatric problems; however, computational modeling — the integration of mathematics, computers, and simulations to model complex systems — provides a new tool to help describe clinical dysfunction.

A special series in the May issue of Clinical Psychological Science, introduced by journal editor Alan Kazdin and special series guest editor Tiago V. Maia, brings together articles illustrating the diverse range of applications of computational modeling to psychiatry.

Editor’s Introduction to the Special Series: Computational Psychiatry Alan E. Kazdin

Introduction to the Series on Computational Psychiatry Tiago V. Maia

Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience Approaches to Computational Psychiatry: Clustering and Classification Thomas V. Wiecki, Jeffrey Poland, and Michael J. Frank

Decision-Theoretic Psychiatry Quentin J. M. Huys, Marc Guitart-Masip, Raymond J. Dolan, and Peter Dayan



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Memory Athletes and Researchers Collaborate to Dissect Feats of Memory

XMTSome of us have a gift for memorization and recall — think Sherlock Holmes. The fictional Holmes was portrayed as having a natural gift, but others train their memories using mnemonic techniques. Although the general principles have been known for hundreds of years, modern mnemonists refine them and adapt them. What cognitive abilities and training permit people to recall 80 random numbers after studying them for less than 60 seconds or to memorize the order of a shuffled deck of cards in under 30 seconds?

Over the weekend of May 2–3, 24 memory athletes gathered at the 2nd Annual Extreme Memory Tournament (XMT) in San Diego as part of a contest sponsored…


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A Gathering of Champions

You’ve read their textbooks and seen their work cited. Now you have a chance to meet them face-to-face. At the 2015 APS Annual Convention in New York City, the APS Student Caucus will host its annual “Champions of Psychological Science” event, which provides the unique opportunity for student affiliates to talk in an informal setting with highly respected and well-known psychological scientists.


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Man with Restored Sight Provides New Insight into How Vision Develops

California man Mike May made international headlines in 2000 when his sight was restored by a pioneering stem cell procedure after 40 years of blindness. A study published three years after the operation found that the then 49-year-old could see colors, motion and some simple two-dimensional shapes, but was incapable of more complex visual processing.

Hoping May might eventually regain those visual skills, University of Washington researchers and colleagues retested him a decade later. In an article published in the April 2015 issue of Psychological Science, they report that May — referred to in the study as M.M. — continues to perform significantly worse than sighted control group participants.

This is a closeup of a human eye.The conclusion: May’s vision remains very limited 15 years after the surgeries. Though disappointing, the results provide valuable information that can help researchers better…


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