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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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Brain, Behavior, and the Economy

Psychological science, once criticized for underestimating the impact of socioeconomic factors on psychological development and functioning, now plays a lead role in investigating how wealth and poverty affect thought, emotion, and action throughout our lives. Top researchers from the United States and Europe presented some of the most profound findings on cognition, brain, behavior, and development in socioeconomic contexts during the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), held in March in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In an integrative science symposium, researchers shared discoveries about the ways socioeconomic status affects brain development, decision making, subjective well-being, and more. A complete video of the session, divided by individual presentations in chapter format, is available on the APS YouTube page. Presenters include APS Fellows Martha J. Farah, University of Pennsylvania, and Eldar Shafir, Princeton University; psychological scientist Cynthia García Coll, Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto…

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Q&A: Research on Educational Apps

A new report published in the April issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest provides a set of four evidence-based principles that parents, educators, and app designers can use to evaluate the quality of so-called “educational” apps.

The report, “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning,” was published by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University; Jennifer M. Zosh, Penn State University, Brandywine; Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, University of Delaware; James H. Gray, Sesame Workshop; Michael B. Robb, Saint Vincent College; and Jordy Kaufman, Swinburne University of Technology.

*Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff are recipients of the 2015 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award. They will deliver their Award Address at the 2015 Annual Convention in May.

Out of the four “pillars” of learning, which did you find to be displayed most prominently in existing apps?

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Jennifer Richeson Named Guggenheim Fellow

PAFF_041615_JenniferRicheson_newsfeatureJennifer Richeson, an APS Fellow and former APS board member, has been selected as a 2015 Guggenheim fellow. Awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the prestigious fellowships are appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Richeson is the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where she is also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and professor of African American Studies. Her compelling research largely focuses on the social psychological phenomena of cultural diversity and social group membership, particularly the ways race and gender impact the way people think, feel and behave.

By utilizing a broad range of empirical methods, her work has uniquely examined the potential cognitive “costs” and mutual misperceptions associated with intergroup interactions. A key finding of her work is that interactions between minority and majority…

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