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Volume 22, Issue4April, 2009

Robert Zajonc was a consummate scientist, scholar and social science researcher. His was a remarkable life, a life led during a renaissance period of social psychology and he had much to do with its development and flourishing over the latter half of the 20th century. Exposed to all forms of More

Dread of disease and hope for cures have long been the political propellants for generous support of the National Institutes of Health. The old trio has now been joined by a new force in biomedical politics: economic calamity. NIH had previously offered no treatment for that malady. But now it More

As discussed in the column by Dan Greenberg, science fared well in the stimulus bill Congress passed – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We are very thankful that the President and Congress recognized the important role research plays in our nation’s economy. The National Institutes of Health More

Posh People Fidget More The Daily Mail February 4, 2009 “Posh people fidget more, a study found, making it possible to tell a person’s class simply by glancing at their body language. It is thought that those born into privilege feel less of a need to make a good impression More

Coming of Age on the Internet In the mid-90s, it seemed that teens were sacrificing real relationships for superficial cyber-relationships with strangers.Is this still true? Social scientists are revisiting those early concerns, and some are coming to believe that the psychological benefits may now outweigh the detrimental effects. In a More

The mentally ill don’t get a fair shake in this country. Many employers don’t want to hire them, and health insurers don’t want to pay for their treatment. Even within their own communities and families, the mentally ill are often treated with contempt and disgust and outright anger. All this More

Richard Nisbett engages in wishful thinking (“All Brains are the Same Color,” Observer, February, 2009). We published an editorial about the James Watson affair in November last year (J. P. Rushton and A. R. Jensen. “James Watson’s Most Inconvenient Truth: Race Realism and the Moralistic Fallacy.” Medical Hypotheses, 71, 629-640 More

The “new genetics” research in molecular biology, as this month’s invited Presidential Column by Frances Champagne illustrates, has important implications for psychological science (so important, in fact, that it will be the topic for the Presidential Symposium at our upcoming annual APS convention this May in San Francisco). Professor Champagne’s More

In case there was any doubt, the future of psychological science is in good hands. We present another installment of “Rising Stars,” the series profiling exemplars of today’s young psychological researchers. Here, and in next month’s issue, we will profile international scholars who, although they may not be advanced in More

Almost every English boy can be taught to write clearly, so far at least as clearness depends upon the arrangement of words. Force, elegance, and variety of style are more difficult to teach, and far more difficult to learn; but clear writing can be reduced to rules. — Rev. Edwin More