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Volume 20, Issue4April, 2007

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The True Meaning of Research Participation

I’ve been doing a happy dance lately, ever since learning that a manuscript I contributed to was recently accepted for publication in Psychological Science. In fact, I’m just about as excited as I was 25 years ago when I received my first editorial acceptance. Only this time, I didn’t receive More

Brewer Award for Perlman

Baron Perlman, Chief Editor of the “Teaching Tips” column in the Observer since 1994, has received the American Psychological Association’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, recognizing a career of significant contributions to teaching psychology. Recipients are required to have demonstrated an excellent record in teaching, along with More

Statistical Reform in Psychology

New research published in the March issue of Psychological Science suggests that efforts to improve statistical practices in psychological research may be paying off. Geoff Cumming, Fiona Fidler, and colleagues at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, examined whether guidelines set forth in 1999 by the APA Task Force on More

Planet of the … Dogs?

If you are a sci-fi fan, you know that Earth’s future is pretty bleak. Forget global warming. The true doom of our species bides its time in our zoos and research facilities, plotting our downfall under our very noses. Yes, in a mere few thousand years, an evolutionary eyeblink, the More

The Banality of Evil

APS Fellow and Charter Member Philip Zimbardo calls it his own “evil of inaction,” and he has been making amends for it for more than three decades. The Stanford University psychologist is referring to his part in orchestrating a now infamous psychological study, a classic of the social-science literature known More

How to Avoid the Budget Blues: Q&A with Grant Swinger

Following is an interview with Dr. Grant Swinger, Director of the Center for the Absorption of Federal Funds, who spoke with Daniel S. Greenberg, a Washington journalist. Greenberg has previously interviewed Dr. Swinger for Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. DSG This is a More

Going, Going, Gone! The Psychology of Baseball

It’s the seventh game of the World Series — bottom of the ninth inning, your team is down 4-3 with runners on second and third — and you’re on deck. You watch as your teammate gets the second out. That means you’re up with a chance to win a championship More

What’s Hot in Psychology?

Suppose you are a newly minted PhD looking to make your mark in psychology. What should you study? Such decisions are usually driven by a combination of personal curiosity, mentors’ influences, and happenstance. But as most of us have more scientific interests than we can realistically pursue at any given More

How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

‘Tis the season for academic conferences and conventions. This month, the Student Notebook asks two graduate students to help demystify the conference experience. The first article offers helpful suggestions on surviving the APS 19th Annual Convention in Washington, DC, in particular, whereas the second piece offers tips on how conference More

Twelve Tips for Reviewers

Many critical skills needed for becoming a successful academic are typically not taught in graduate school, at least not in any formal way. One of these is how to review journal articles. Few students coming out of graduate school have much experience reviewing papers, and yet, at least for those More

Preparing for a Class Session

“When the task is done beforehand, then it is easy. If you do it hurriedly and carelessly, it must be hard.” (Cleary, 1989, p. 5) There is much to be gained from preparing for a class session by meditatively contemplating what works well, previous mistakes made, the nature and needs More