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Volume 20, Issue7August, 2007

Organized by Richard Weinberg and Kathleen McCartney, the Festschrift in honor of Sandra Scarr celebrated her lifetime contributions to the understanding of fundamental problems relating to child development and family life. The celebration began with a banquet on Saturday, May 26, 2007, and continued with a day-long program on Sunday More

According to traditional intelligence paradigms, intelligence peaks around the age of 25. Discouraging news for the 26 and over set. But take heart: APS Fellow and Charter Member Phillip L. Ackerman argues for a new definition of adult intelligence and he has an impressive body of research to support it. More

Valerie F. Reyna (Cornell; left) and Stephen D. Penrod (John Jay College; middle), this year’s presenters at the Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI) symposium, sit with symposium chair, APS President, and PSPI co-editor Morton Ann Gernsbacher (University of Wisconsin; right). Penrod discussed the 2006 PSPI report (written with More

In the aftermath of World War II, many social scientists claimed that individual citizens’ political attitudes lacked the consistency to be considered ideological and that there was little difference is the psychological processing of liberals and conservatives. According to these thinkers, the era of entrenched political ideology had ended. New More


The APS 19th Annual Convention featured a full slate of student-oriented events organized by the APS Student Caucus (APSSC) Board in collaboration with APS staff and student-affiliate members. The events highlighted student research, disseminated valuable information about graduate school and publishing, and provided the opportunity to network with top researchers More

Further coverage of the Award Addresses will appear in upcoming Observers William James Fellows The William James Fellow Award honors APS Members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Richard Shiffrin delivers his award address, “How Events Produce Knowledge, and Knowledge Encodes Events.” Elliot More

The themed program “Risky Decision-Making Across the Lifespan” at the APS 19th Annual Convention included a symposium on everything from the neurological basis for decision-making to the wide-reaching societal implications of understanding how we make the myriad decisions we face everyday. Sage or Just Age? According to Ellen Peters, Decision More

Like many people, I start my day with a cup of coffee. A small vice, yes, but I have few reservations about my artificial boost of motivation. This, of course, isn’t the only thing that pushes me — and presumably the rest of the coffee drinkers of the world &#8212 More

Barbara A. Spellman, University of Virginia, began her presentation with a little quiz drawn from ordinary life — “Is the sky blue?” she asked. “Is the earth round? Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Was O.J. Simpson guilty?” “I don’t really care about your answers,” she said. “What More

The “Recent Advances in False Memory Research” symposium at the APS 19th Annual Convention showcased innovative research being conducted around the world on this fascinating topic. Presenters explored complex issues surrounding the development, understanding, neural basis, and underlying psychological mechanisms of false memories. Cara Laney, University of Leicester, discussed “Implanting More

Have you ever wondered why people surrounded by friends or family appear happier and healthier? Or why a mother’s hand so quickly soothes a scared child? University of Virginia researcher James Coan addressed these and similar questions in his invited talk, “Toward a Neuroscience of the Social Regulation of Emotion,&#8221 More


Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck tells the story of Barbara Herbert and Daphne Goodship, identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted into different families, completely unaware of each other’s existence. When they were reunited at age 39, both Barbara and Daphne were wearing beige dresses and brown velvet More


Let it not be said that psychological science doesn’t ask the big questions. You know — big questions, like: Which is better, a Snickers bar or a bag of chips? What does raising children have in common with a no-hitter in baseball? And, how valuable is a pair of Armani More


The study of human differences has been an important part of psychological science, but comparing people — in terms of intelligence or various measures of personality or ability — has major perils and pitfalls. One of these dangers is the (intentional or unintentional) stigmatization of groups that may result when More

Renowned memory researcher and Past APS President Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine, shared the personal side of her journey to prominence in the annual “Inside the Psychologist’s Studio” program (based loosely on the Bravo channel show of a similar name) at the APS 19th Annual Convention. Interviewed by APS More

“Culture is like water for fish,” APS Fellow and Charter Member Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan, explained during the special Culture and Cognition themed program at the APS 19th Annual Convention. But defining our own culture is difficult, “because it is the only thing we know,” Kitayama said in his More