Observer Vol. 25, No. 1 January 2012


Understanding the Impact

Loved, hated, and a source of widespread controversy, journal impact factors (JIF) have taken on a unique role in scientific publishing. These little numbers are considered a measure of a journal’s importance. However, in an article to be published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Peter Hegarty and Zoe Walton question whether JIF actually measures the psychological importance of psychology articles. ... More>

Student Notebook

State of the APS Student Caucus

APSSC President Jesica T. Wong reports that student involvement is growing, and the APSSC Board is working to ensure that the trend continues. ... More>

Teaching Tips

Tips for Incorporating Writing Into An Introductory Statistics Course

Statistics educators know all too well that teaching statistics can be a challenge, even for the most experienced instructors. Students often bring with them anxieties and misperceptions that can lead to a tense and frustrating learning environment, compelling many students to delay taking a statistics course. What is a statistics instructor to do?... More>

Observer Article

Reflections on Wikipedia in the Classroom

Mona Ibrahim turned the APS Wikipedia Initiative into an assignment that students enjoyed. ... More>

Observer Article

Rising Stars

The Observer presents more Rising Stars, exemplars of today's psychological scientists. ... More>