Observer Article

Heading in the Right Direction: Basic Research in Psychology Leads to Safer Brain Surgery

The man in the mask holds up a piece of cardboard and demands that the man lying on the table identify the item pictured. The man on the table is […]... More>

Observer Article

The Picture for Behavioral Research: An In-depth Look at the FY 2005 Federal Budget

In February, the White House released its federal budget request for the fiscal year 2005. The figures for behavioral and psychological science research funding are expected to increase, but the […]... More>

Presidential Column

What Should They Be Called?

“They” refers to the animals – human and infrahuman – in our experiments. It used to be simple: they were subjects, or in certain types of perceptual experiments, observers. In […]... More>

Letter/Observer Forum

Observer Forum

Vita Revisited I plan to give the Presidential Column “Vita Voyeur” [Observer, January 2004] to my graduate students and post docs, who will greatly benefit from the thoughtful suggestions of […]... More>

Observer Article

Why Did You Study Psychology?

Why did psychology’s leading researchers take that first course? Was it the compelling advice of a master? Perhaps a sudden epiphany? There’s a story behind every good psychologist. A cross-section […]... More>