A panel at the 2014 APS Annual Convention, to be held May 22–25 in San Francisco, California, will explore the questions asked in such research, including whether there are evolutionary reasons behind our destructive past and whether there might be predictors of what kind of person is most prone to violence.
- APS Fellow John T. Monahan, University of Virginia. His research has focused on mental health law.
- APS Fellow Adrian Raine, University of Pennsylvania. He studies antisocial behavior from social, developmental, and neuroscience perspectives.
- Matthew K. Nock, Harvard University. Through his research, he hopes to further the understanding of the psychology behind self-harm.
- David A. Pizarro, Cornell…
Applying to graduate school and finding employment after you’re done with your program of study are formidable undertakings, to say the least. At the 2014 APS Annual Convention, to be held May 22–25 in San Francisco, students can get advice from experienced graduate students and professional scientists who know the ropes. The convention will feature programs for undergraduates looking to gain research experience, graduate students preparing to find full-time work, and all the students in between.
The Naked Truth Part I: Getting into Graduate School Panelists discuss graduate school preparation and the graduate school application process.
The Naked Truth Part II: Surviving Graduate School Panelists discuss work-life balance, advisor-student relationships, and other topics that will help students successfully navigate graduate school.
The Naked Truth Part III: Navigating the…
The January 2014 issue of Perspectives in Psychological Science features a special section focused on behavioral priming research and attempts at replication.
The five articles included in the special section explore issues including the potential role of moderators in hampering the replication of priming effects and whether direct replications are truly feasible. In addition, researchers discuss the fundamental importance of theory to understanding when, why, and how priming effects occur.Special Section on Behavioral Priming and Its Replication
Psychological science has recently focused on the replicability of its research, and the field of priming has not escaped this scrutiny. Several failures to replicate priming effects have led some researchers to conclude that these effects are due to type 1 error or are perhaps too sensitive for adequate study. There are many potential moderators of priming effects, but because the field…
Considerable research explores the relationship between negative emotion and disordered eating behaviors, such as binge eating and purging. But a new study suggests that positive emotions may also play a role in rewarding and maintaining these kinds of behaviors.
“Individuals with eating disorders have long been thought to experience distorted emotions, particularly in the negative realm, which may contribute to problematic eating behaviors,” researcher Edward Selby of Rutgers University and colleagues explain in a new article in Clinical Psychological Science.
For example, research has shown that individuals with anorexia and bulimia may have more difficulty identifying, describing, and expressing their own emotions, in addition to having difficulty recognizing the emotions of others. But little research has specifically examined positive emotion as a contributing factor.
Based on previous work, Selby and colleagues postulate a model that outlines a role for positive emotions in…
The fourth and final special section recognizing the 25th anniversary of APS is published in the January 2014 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science.
The special section, like those that came before it, examines the evolution of psychological science over the last quarter century. The special section articles span a variety of topics, including psychotherapy for children and adolescents, treatments for mental illness outside the therapist’s office, the effects of insulin on brain function, measuring experiences of pleasure and pain, and understanding familial risk for depression.
John R. Weisz
Early testing of clinical treatments for children and adolescents has moved from the use of quasi-experimental studies to the use of rigorous randomized control studies. As we move into the “implementation era,” researchers are beginning to ask whether evidence-based treatments outperform care-as-usual techniques, and if not, why? Many evidence-based treatments may…