In Case You Missed It... 
-Giacomo Rizzolatti, University of Parma, Italy, delivered the Keynote Address on the mirror mechanism.
-Psychometrist Denny Borsboom, University of Amsterdam, led the theme program on Network Analysis

-Watch Laure Freydefont, University of Geneva, Switzerland, present her research on anger primes in French and English.  

More 2011 Convention News
In the News:
A Company's Success Lies In Width of a CEO's Face


Believe it or not, CEOs with wider faces have better-performing companies, says an upcoming article in Psychological Science. Researchers analyzed photos of 55 male CEOs of publicly-traded Fortune 500 organizations. The firms run by CEOs with wider faces, relative to face height, had much better financial performance than firms run by CEOs who had narrower faces. Read More>>
See media coverage from the Daily Mail, Times of India, Telegraph UK, Sydney Morning Herald, Express UK, and La Repubblica 

Editor's Choice to be a Feature of GO

Each issue of
GO will feature an "editor's choice" from a leading international journal. In this issue we highlight an article from Cortex, an international interdisciplinary journal on the nervous system and behavior. The journal's editor is Sergio Della Salla, past president of the Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology.

Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of the Global Observer  

Bringing you news and information about  

psychological science and scientists throughout the world


The Global Observer (GO) is part of APS's broader international effort to bridge geographical and scientific boundaries within our field and between psychological science and other disciplines. As part of this effort, APS has engaged in extensive discussions with leaders in subdisciplinary fields in Europe to encourage integrative research and collaboration. For more about that, read this article from the APS Observer.  


Among other things, this initiative supports cross-cutting symposia at several European meetings, including, in 2011, a half-day pre-conference symposium on social neuroscience at the European Association of Social Psychology (July), a symposium on epigenetics at the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (September), and upcoming at the end of September, a symposium on embodiment at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology.


The speakers at these programs are among the most distinguished and accomplished researchers in psychological science today. Additional symposia are planned for 2012 and beyond.


Another project emerging from this effort is the APS Post Doc Exchange, a free searchable resource to advertise postdoctoral research and training positions from around the world, particularly in the U.S. and Europe.


The APS GO will come to you periodically -- we hope you find it informative. Your ideas and comments are welcome, particularly regarding innovative strategies for connecting ideas and people in the exciting world of psychological science.

The Bilingual Advantage

Speaking two languages can be handy when traveling, but research published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest reveals that bilingualism influences the way we think and process information. A panel of psychological scientists examined the ways in which knowing two languages can change brain function, affecting cognitive processes involved in more than communication. Bilingualism research has implications for clinical work, research, and education. Preliminary evidence suggests bilingual individuals may be even better protected against Alzheimer's. Read More >>

What's Wrong With Psychotherapy?
At least 75 million people in the United States have a mental illness that may require professional help. In a 2011 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science Alan Kazdin blames expensive individual psychotherapy for the fact that 70 to 80 percent of Americans in need of treatment aren't getting help. In the latest issue of Perspectives, several eminent scientists have commented in response to the article, highlighting important points that will need to be addressed before the mental healthcare system can be overhauled.
Watch Kazdin's Award Address>>

Insight on Out-of-Body Experiences
You are lying in bed when suddenly, you find yourself on the ceiling looking down at your physical self. You have just had an out-of-body experience (OBE). OBEs are poorly understood and typically associated with migraine, epilepsy, and psychopathology. Now, a new study published in the journal Cortex has linked these experiences to neural instabilities in the brain's temporal lobes and to errors in the body's sense of itself, even in non-clinical populations. Read More>> 

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