Observer Article

Center for Vital Longevity

The first of the United States’ 78 million baby boomers is turning 65 this year, at a rate of about one every 10 seconds. As life expectancy for older Americans increases, the impact of normal age-related cognitive decline, as well as the increased incidence of age-related neurological diseases, presents significant challenges that have economic consequences and compromise quality of life for many.... More>


2011-2012 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2011-2012 recipients of the James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships. The Fellowships are awarded yearly to North American university faculty committed to developing scientific research in psychology and its applications to improving human welfare. The award includes financial support that allows recipients to extend their sabbatical period.... More>

Letter/Observer Forum

Wikis as a Source of Quality Information About Mental Disorders

We are delighted to learn of the APS Wikipedia Initiative (Observer, 2010, 23(10), p.5). Encouraging psychological scientists to contribute content can only improve the quality of information available to the public. However, there is inevitable concern that because anyone can contribute and edit information on Wikipedia, the information quality can be degraded by non-expert contributors.... More>

Presidential Column

The Mind in the World: Culture and the Brain

How the “outside” affects the “inside” is at the heart of many of the deepest psychological questions. In this fast-paced survey of research on how culture shapes cognition, Nalini Ambady examines the neural evidence for socio-cultural influences on thinking, judgment, and behavior. ... More>

Cover Story

Rising Stars

In case there was any doubt, the future of psychological science is in good hands. The Observer presents this year’s class of “Rising Stars,” the series profiling exemplars of today’s young psychological researchers. Stay tuned for more Stars — this is the first of a three-part series to continue this fall. ... More>