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APS Psychology Jeopardy Contest Wins Big

This is a photo of Alyson Faires and Sarah Falkowitz, who won the 2016 APS Psychology Jeopardy contest.The APS Psychology Jeopardy contest was a big hit at the Carolinas Psychology Conference. The conference was held April 16 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and drew nearly 200 attendees.

According to APS Fellow James Kalat, the Carolinas Psychology Conference began in 1977, sponsored by Meredith College and North Carolina State University. The psychology jeopardy contest has been an annual feature for approximately 20 years, and contestants are pairs of students from three colleges. The contest was created by Kalat, who writes the questions yearly. All…

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Surprising Authors of Psychological Studies

When we think of famous psychological scientists, names like Tim Duncan, Albert Einstein, and the Dalai Lama don’t typically come to mind. The field of psychological science is expansive and popular among researchers and universities, but unbeknownst to most, actors like Lisa Kudrow, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth, politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Ben Carson, and even one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, have published work in psychology.

This is a photo of Tim Duncan.A recent article in Perspectives on Psychological Science by APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Scott O. Lilienfeld and APS Fellow Steven Jay Lynn highlights “78 Surprising Authors of Psychological Publications,” and you would never expect the names they found.

For instance, while playing for the Wake Forest University basketball…

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Clinical Psychological Science Begins Awarding Open Practices Badges

Clinical Psychological Science (CPS) has become the second APS journal to adopt an Open Practices Badge program, following a model that Psychological Science pioneered more than 2 years ago.

All manuscripts newly submitted to CPS will now be eligible to receive up to three badges for meeting any or all of the following criteria:

New CPS Editor and APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Scott O. Lilienfeld of Emory University emphasizes that “preregistration” does not require that all or even most analyses be planned in advance. Instead, the journal merely requires investigators to state up front which analyses are confirmatory and which are exploratory.

“High-quality exploratory…

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Learning With Amnesia

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Actors are a group of people rife for research opportunities because their profession requires that they remember vast amounts of ever-changing information — and recite that information at a moment’s notice. In a recent study in the journal Cortex, researchers Michael Kopelman (Kings College London) and John Morton (University College London) used the unique experiences of an actor with amnesia to better understand learning in individuals affected by the syndrome.

In the past 15 years, several studies have examined the impact of hippocampal and medial temporal damage on…

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PCSAS Accreditation Is Recognized by Veterans Health Administration

The single largest employer and trainer of clinical psychologists, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has announced that students and graduates of programs accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) are eligible for internships and employment in the Veterans Health Administration.

This action paves the way for the delivery of more empirically validated psychological treatments to the nation’s military veterans. It also has enormous implications for the training and licensure of clinical psychologists in the US and, by extension, other nations. And it sets a model for how other mental health disciplines might train students.

PCSAS’s mission is to promote science-based training and to introduce a new culture of scientific clinical psychology. It emerged amid concerns that clinical training programs too often emphasize hours spent practicing old and unproven therapies in a one-size-fits-all, outdated system to the detriment of time spent both gaining a thorough…

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