The Latest From the APS Observer

New content is now posted to the Observer on a regular basis rather than bimonthly. Check the website every week for the latest news, features, and more.

About the Observer

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.

APS members receive a monthly Observer newsletter that covers the latest content in the magazine. Members also may access the online archive of Observer articles going back to 1988.

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Latest Under the Cortex Podcast


  • Discerning Discoveries

    New research shows why people often read more into a scientific finding than what the data might show.

  • Creating a Global ‘BRIDGE’ for Brain Research Data

    The Brain Research International Data Governance & Exchange (BRIDGE) project aims to create a responsible and sustainable governance system for data sharing. Learn how the group is advancing open practices, reproducibility, and psychological science as a whole.

  • Practical Protections

    In the era of open science, researchers encounter the challenges of preserving participant privacy when sharing data from qualitative interviews. Learn how you can balance transparency and confidentiality.

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Additional Content

  • Science for Society: Habits and Behavior Change: A Case Study of Digital Technology advertisement

    Tackling the Force of Habit

    How much of our behavior is habitual? APS President Wendy Wood and her colleagues answered this question on April 16 during “Habits and Behavior Change—A Case Study of Digital Technology,” an APS Science for Society webinar.  The webinar is now available for registrants and APS members.

  • Conversation Research Still Requires a Human Ear

    Conversations, whether in the form of small talk or a heated debate, involve a nuanced and unique exchange of words and behaviors. Recent technological advances have made it easier for conversation researchers to manage this complexity, paving the way for a deeper understanding of how humans communicate.

  • Exciting News from APS Meetings!

    APS is excited to announce the merging of Annual Convention and the biennial International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) and a new APS Global Psychological Science Summit scheduled for October 2024.