November 2008

President's Section:
Believe it or not
by Kelli Vaughn-Blount, APSSC President

Harry Harlow's monkey love experiments were actually conducted in a Baxter Box that the researchers referred to as the "Love Machine." Click here to check it out for yourself.

Edgar Allen Poe fancied himself as a bit of a mesmerist (hypnotist to you and me). Paging Dr. Poe.

A female psychologist, Helen Thompson Woolly described psychologies studies of sexual differences as "aspiring to be scientific where flagrant personal bias, logic martyred in the cause of supporting a prejudice, unfounded assertions, and even sentimental rot and drivel, have run riot" in 1910.

It was in 1908 that Hugo Münsterberg, not Elizabeth Loftus, truly began psychology's foray into eyewitness testimony.

Albert Bandura's famous Bobo the clown study was actually co-authored with two female psychologists.

Funding opportunity deadlines for November and December!
by Lisa E. Hasel, APSSC Past-President

Do you qualify for any of these awards? If you do, now is the time to act because the deadlines are fast approaching!

November 13th

November 14th

November 15th

November 27th

November 28th

December 1st

December 10th

December 15th

December 30th

For more information about these opportunities and more, check out the APSSC’s Online Funding Database!

Campus Rep Spotlight:
Israel Beren

by Amy Crook, Membership & Volunteers Officer

Each month, we'll be spotlighting a Campus Rep who has successfully spread the word about APS. This month we are featuring Israel Beren.

School: City University London

Program: 1st year of a 3 year PhD Applied Psychosocial Science/Interprofessional Practice programme
My favourite part of being a campus rep is interacting with and updating the faculty on APS events to pass to students in their classes. It has also been nice to feel more a part of the department, to be known as more than a student.

This Month in the Student Notebook –
Psychology 2.0: How the Web is Transforming Data Collection
by Peter M. Vernig, APSSC Student Notebook Editor

Anthony Evans of Brown University discusses the benefits and challenges of using the internet to collect data for psychological research. Using a number of examples from his own experience, Evans suggests areas in which web-based research is ideal, and reminds us that there will always be a place for the physical lab in research.

Helpful Hint for November:
To Serve and Protect Your Department
by Jeremy Ashton Houska,
Communications & Marketing Officer

Does your department host yearly events and have any traditions? If not, have you ever thought about how to make your department a better place? Click here to read the complete article on building a sense of community in psychology departments.

Have you scoured the wealth of resources in the Observer? You can search by keyword and type of article using the Observer Archive Search