Presidential Symposium

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The Roots of Stress

APS President Elizabeth A. Phelps hosts a symposium that explores the mechanisms and consequences of stress from a range of perspectives — including genetic, environmental, and cellular. ... More>


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From Molecules to the Mind

[VIDEO] In the Presidential Symposium at the 25th APS Annual Convention, four distinguished psychological scientists took attendees on a psychological and biological tour exploring how we form memories.  ... More>


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“Who Owns Science?” Scientists From Diverse Perspectives Answer

Douglas L. Medin and distinguished speakers explore ways in which the nature of science may depend on who is doing it. ... More>


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Presidential Symposium: Broadband Social Cognition

The presidential symposium at the APS 23rd Annual Convention began the way any good psychological study should: with a hypothesis. “Man is by nature a social animal,” said APS President and symposium chair Mahzarin Banaji, quoting Aristotle. In keeping with the form of good science, Banaji offered empirical support for her that hypothesis through the combined wisdom of the speakers she assembled, who provided a progression of evidence for human sociality found in evolutionary ancestors, babies, and adults alike. ... More>


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The New Genetics

Frances Champagne Back in the day, when you learned about genetics and evolution in school, it was all about Mendel and Darwin or more recent refinements of their basic ideas. […]... More>