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Volume 15, Issue4April, 2002

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Bringing Science and Technology Back to Congress

Holt Congress needs better scientific and technological advice. It is nearly impossible to find issues on the legislative agenda that are not in some way linked to science and technology. For example, members of Congress would certainly benefit from a deeper understanding of the behavioral sciences in addressing such diverse More

Can the Weak Link in Psychological Research be Fixed?

My impression of psychological research is that it is conducted by bright, well-trained individuals armed with millions of dollars in research funds and that their work is resulting in massive amounts of data relevant to a wide range of important and interesting issues. There is, however, a component of this More

Letters

IRBs Must Understand Psychological Science In a recent letter to the Observer (“IRBs: Ethics, Yes – Epistemology, No,” Observer, February 2002), John Furedy states that Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) have the right to consider the ethical issues of proposed research, “how subjects are treated,” but they do not have the More

Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) is located in Nacogdoches, “the oldest town in Texas.” Established by the Texas legislature in 1921, SFA opened in 1923 and has developed into a comprehensive regional university with a reputation for academic excellence. The university enrolls approximately 12,000 students during regular semesters and More

The Future is Here: Innovative Training for Emotion Researchers

BY RICHARD H√ČBERT Observer Correspondent Cross a scientist who can skillfully track emotion-triggered brain-wave changes in laboratory rats with one who investigates humans’ emotions from their feelings and behaviors. What do you get? The superlative emotion investigator of the future. That, at least, is the underlying principle of the Predoctoral More

NIH Seeks Comments on Data Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking comments on a draft statement regarding research data sharing. Under the draft policy, investigators supported by NIH funding will be expected to make their research data available to the scientific for subsequent analysis. The statement is an extension of existing NIH policy More

NIMH Study: Blacks Mentally Healthier

Contrary to earlier research, mental health disorders in African Americans occur less often than their white counterparts, according to preliminary epidemiological findings from a study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Jackson The most in-depth study to be conducted on the physical, emotional, mental, structural and economic More

Acting Director Puts Teeth in NIDA’s Mission

What’s a dentist doing at the helm of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)? The short answer is: collaboration, translation, and prevention. Hanson Asked to lead NIDA after the departure of APS Fellow and Charter Member Alan Leshner, Glen Hanson holds a PhD in addition to his DDS, and More

Gaining Traction for Psychology in the Public Arena

Darley In previous columns, I expressed concerns about the relative lack of psychology’s presence in the public policy arena, and examined some of the reasons for that absence. Here, I want to begin to sketch a plan for increasing our presence in the worlds of public policy. One thing is More