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Volume 28, Issue4April, 2015
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All About Awe

Science Explores How Life’s Marvels Elevate Cognition and Emotion More

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Volume 28, Issue4April, 2015

Books to Check Out: April 2015

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness edited by Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, and Ellen J. Langer; Wiley–Blackwell, April 2014. Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Sides of Science and Therapy by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski; Brown Walker, January 29, 2015. Tales From More

Feigenson, Niv Receive NAS Troland Award

Lisa Feigenson and Yael Niv have been named the 2015 recipients of the Troland Research Awards, two $75,000 prizes given each year by the National Academy of Sciences to recognize young investigators for extraordinary achievement in the area of experimental psychology. Feigenson is a professor in the Department of Psychological More

Hernandez Recognized for Research on Language Learning

Arturo Hernandez, University of Houston, has been honored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for his research showing how the brain learns and processes language. The award, which is valued at $50,000, recognizes “internationally renowned researchers who completed their doctorates less than 18 More

This is a picture of the arora borealis

All About Awe

Science Explores How Life’s Marvels Elevate Cognition and Emotion More

Grad School Abroad

Are you considering pursuing a psychology graduate degree abroad? Have you been offered the chance to participate in an international exchange program? Studying in another country during graduate school offers many great opportunities for personal and professional growth, but it also entails challenges. For those considering international study, I offer More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current More

Unifying Psychology as a Physical Science

25 Throughout 2015, the Observer is commemorating the silver anniversary of APS’s flagship journal. Among the reports in the first issue of Psychological Science, released in January 1990, was an article titled “Mother Nature’s Bag of Tricks Is Small” by the late Duke University psychological scientist Gregory A. Kimble. In More

Registered Replication Reports: An Update

When APS debuted the Registered Replication Report (RRR) initiative in 2013, it marked a milestone in the reproducibility movement that has been building in psychological science and other areas of scientific inquiry in recent years. The goal of the initiative is to publish large-scale, multicenter replications of important findings that More

What’s New at Psychological Science

On January 1, Associate Editors Robert Hartsuiker (University of Ghent, Belgium), APS Fellow Keith Holyoak (University of California, Los Angeles), and APS Fellow Valerie Reyna (Cornell University) left Psychological Science (PS) to become editors of the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Review, and Psychological Science in the Public Interest, respectively. More

APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions

APS recognizes six psychological scientists pushing the limits of their field with the 2015 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. This year’s award-winning research spans an exceptional breadth, encompassing topics such as the overlap of visual perception and action, the evolution of cognition and culture, human More

Building Educational Bridges

Empirically tested principles of learning and memory rarely seem to find their way into actual classrooms. Teachers still use techniques and curricula that are suboptimal for student learning, and students still use study techniques that are ineffective. As a result, many students walk out of introductory courses without the solid More

Confidentiality, Privacy, and Institutional Review Boards

Anthony E. Kelly is Professor of Educational Psychology at George Mason University and is a Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Kelly’s interest in research methodology led to two NSF grants for the study of online learning of mathematics with the More