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The Observer is the online magazine of the Association for Psychological Science and covers matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology. The magazine reports on issues of interest to psychologist scientists worldwide and disseminates information about the activities, policies, and scientific values of APS.

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    Disasters like Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut draw massive media coverage, trauma interventions, and financial donations to victims. But psychological research shows the efforts don’t always yield the intended benefits.

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  • Seven Tips for Conducting Research With Low-Income Participants

    Research involving people of low socioeconomic status (SES) has a troubled history. Past studies range from those painting low-income people as cognitively deficient to the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study that experimentally withheld medical treatment to impoverished Black men for decades. Understandably, this history has left many in low-SES communities wary of scientists.   But scientists need to move beyond the usual WEIRD (Western, educated, industrial, rich, and democratic) groups that typically make up their study samples, as research with people of lower socioeconomic status can widen our understanding of social phenomena.   So how can scientists build trust with low-income populations? In an article published in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science (AMPPS), social psychologists Lydia F. Emery (University of Chicago), David M.

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  • Student Notebook: Tips for Navigating the Demands of Graduate School

    Graduate school, with its promise of academic enrichment and personal growth, also brings a myriad of uncertainties and demands that can be profoundly stressful. The path to a higher degree is often marked by ambiguity about research outcomes, the pressure to meet expectations, and the looming uncertainty about the future. This constant state of flux can take a toll on graduate students’ mental well-being. However, understanding the science of well-being and implementing evidence-based strategies can provide a roadmap to navigate these challenges successfully.  Kyle LaFollette Acknowledging uncertainty is a crucial first step in managing stress effectively. Uncertainty is inherent in the graduate school experience. Research outcomes, publication prospects, and grant/fellowship success can be unpredictable, and an academic future is often a hazy landscape.