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Volume 19, Issue4April, 2006

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Champions of Psychology: Dan McAdams

An ongoing series in which highly regarded professors share advice on the successes and challenges facing graduate students. Dan McAdams’ research addresses how adults make sense of their lives through stories and how identity is a life story people begin constructing during late adolescence and young adulthood. McAdams, a professor More

The h Index in Science: A New Measure of Scholarly Contribution

Debates have long swirled about how to measure the contributions of scientists and other scholars. Such assessments are necessary for hiring, for promotion and tenure, for raises, for election to honorary societies, and for awards, among other purposes. Scholarly productivity is one such measure. It is easy enough to count More

The Truth About ‘Open’ Labs

When underclassmen decide to join a research lab, many ask the wrong questions: “Which lab is the easiest?” instead of “which lab is the best fit for me?” It is a typical assumption among students that the “open” lab is less demanding, but they are later shocked to find it More

Women and Substance Abuse

In the fight against substance abuse, women are battling tougher odds with fewer weapons. That was the message from a panel of behavioral scientists and community health advocates at a recent conference on gender differences and substance abuse. “Of all those stigmatized with the burden [of substance abuse], women are More

Surviving the Tenure Review Process: ‘Still Not King’

Among the worst parts of the tenure review process is the number of times one doesn’t hear the decision. In the hilarious “Very Secret Diary of Aragorn, Son of Arathorn” (a parody by Cassandra Claire based on a character from The Lord of the Rings), each day’s entry ends with More

Music on the Mind

From the origins of rhythmic sense, to the role of cognitive processes involved in hearing and making of areas are investigating a most beautiful and basic genetics in musical aptitude, to the music, psychologists from a variety form of human expression. In the early days of Diana Deutsch’s work, some More

Social Policy and Subjective Well-Being

Big Psychology Grants is an occasional series featuring large-scale studies and other notable programs in psychological science. This month, we profile a center that will extend the behavioral economics research to public policy in health and aging. Subjective well-being is a hot topic in the behavioral sciences, and only getting More

Psychologists at Play

Once music is in your blood — or at least in your grey matter — it stays there. For some psychologists, a love of music has meant a lifetime of divided loyalties: pursuing research and teaching by day; practicing, rehearsing, and performing by night. Whether it is a love that More

The Cognitive Revolution: The Next Wave

Scientific progress sometimes comes not from new methods, but from new concepts, new ways of framing old problems. The cognitive revolution is a wonderful example of this. The language of information processing and computation provided a new way of thinking about what the brain does. Recently, though, I was forcefully More

Memory on Trial

“I do not recall” may be I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s best defense. Libby, 55, faces charges of perjury, making false statements, and obstructing justice in the investigation of whether Bush administration officials unlawfully disclosed Plame’s identity to the media. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney has More

NIH Moving to Online Grant Applications

Whole forests are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the news that paper grant applications will soon be a thing of the past at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In December 2005, NIH began a two-year transition to an electronic submissions system for grant applications. The online application More

Looking at Looking

Always look on the bright side. Things are looking up. Keep your eye on the prize. Our language is full of expressions that equate optimism and achievement with our gaze. But is seeing the world through rose-colored glasses just a metaphor? New research suggests that our gaze has a lot More

No Monkey, No Cry

Those who know her best describe Sylvia as closed off and even “disdainful.” So it was a shock that the 23-year-old baboon turned to her companions for support when her daughter and best grooming partner, Sierra, suffered a fatal encounter with a lion. Sylvia’s observed behavior – seeking comfort from More

Evaluating and Improving Your Teaching

Faculty who take teaching seriously will inevitably ask themselves one especially important question: “How can I become a more effective teacher?” The question implies that an individual’s teaching, no matter how good it may be, can become better. Its answers can lead to improved teaching practices and student learning. Faculty More