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My setting, as I write this column, differs wildly from my office at UCLA, and not just because there is a complete absence of clutter. I am in my room at the Kloster Seeon, a monastery in Bavaria that has been converted to a retreat and conference center. The monastery, which dates back to 999, is stunning, both in its architecture and in its physical setting, which was once an island but is now a peninsula of land that juts out into Lake Secon. ... More>
Fabricating data to support an a priori hypothesis is the ultimate sin in scientific research. But what about throwing out an “outlier” or two? Or reporting some, but not all, of the measures you tested? These questionable research practices tend to fly under the radar, but they present a real challenge to the rigor and replicability of science. ... More>
The APS Student Caucus (APSSC) held a host of events designed to get aspiring psychological scientists engaged and connected. It began with the Student Social held at Uptown Tap House […] More>
Thousands of psychological scientists gathered in Washington, DC, May 23-26, for the 25th APS Annual Convention. This was more than just a gathering of the field’s brightest minds, it was also a celebration of APS’s 25th Anniversary. This issue of Observer is devoted to the milestone event. ... More>
While a passion for scientific and technological innovation and the promise of a career with above-average job prospects may lead many undergraduate students to declare a major in a scientific field, fewer than half of them will actually complete their degree in one of these areas, according to a 2012 report by the National Center for Education Statistics. ... More>