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Volume 22, Issue10December, 2009

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Spicing Up Psychological Science (cont.)

The pleasure evoked by food attracts both scientists and artists. In the Presidential Symposium at the upcoming APS Convention in May, experts from both worlds will share their insights about why we love spices. Here, I’ll trace what we know about the story of spice, highlighting the roles of our More

On the Newsstand: Special Edition (Cont.)

This is a continuation of last month’s special edition of On the Newsstand featuring quotes from media coverage of “Current Status and Future Prospects of Clinical Psychology: Toward a Scientifically Principled Approach to Mental and Behavioral Health Care,” a Psychological Science in the Public Interest report (Volume 9, Issue 2) More

A Vast Right Arm Conspiracy? Handedness May Affect Body Perception

There are areas in the brain devoted to our arms, legs, and various parts of our bodies. The way these areas are distributed throughout the brain are known as “body maps,” and there are some significant differences in these maps between left- and right-handed people. For example, in left-handed people More

Angry Faces: The Link Between Facial Structure and Aggression

Angry words and gestures are not the only way to get a sense of how temperamental a person is. According to new findings in Psychological Science, a quick glance at someone’s facial structure may be enough for us to predict their tendency towards aggression. Psychologists Justin M. Carré, Cheryl M. More

Institutional Research Productivity in Psychological Science

We recently examined institutional research productivity in the flagship APS journal, Psychological Science (PS). A research productivity study is a weighted empirical count of the institutions or individuals publishing in identified journals (Howard, Cole, & Maxwell, 1987). Research productivity studies serve several purposes: (a) they help identify leading and emerging More

The Psychology and Power of False Confessions

On July 8, 1997, Bill Bosko returned to his home in Norfolk, Virginia, after a week at sea to find his wife murdered in their bedroom. A few hours later, Bosko’s neighbor, Danial Williams was asked to answer questions at the police station. And after eight hours there, Williams confessed More

In Appreciation: Mark Rosenzweig

When I arrived in Mark Rosenzweig’s lab in the late 1970s, I learned quickly that Mark was game. If we were short-handed when running rats in mazes, you’d find him in the lab with a stopwatch and clipboard. If the task was gathering samples for neuroanatomical or neurochemical analysis, he More

Neuroscience in the Real World

Neuroscience was born from a simple question— how does the brain work? — and its applications originally focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.  But neuroscience “has rappelled down from the ivory tower and eloped from the hospital ward,” said Martha Farah in her William James More

Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology

The Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology (ESN) was officially launched in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in September 2008. However, preparatory meetings had been held in Modena, Italy, in 2004 and Toulouse, France, in 2006. The ESN Federation sprang from the need to fight parochialism in neuropsychology. Historically, most European More

The Road Taken (and the One That Wasn’t)

Throughout one’s professional life, there are many paths that might be taken and many choices to make. Increasingly, one decision confronting a psychologist is whether to remain within the domain of psychology for teaching, scholarship, and service activities or to branch into related disciplines and functions. Here, I review several More

Members in the News

Timothy B. Baker, University of Wisconsin, The Daily Page, Nov 5, 2009; The Washington Post, Nov 15, 2009: Calling for More Science in Psychology Doctoral Programs. Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Leiden University, The Atlantic, Dec 2009: The Science of Success. Jonathan Baron, University of Pennsylvania, Nature, Oct 29, 2009: Risk School More

Helping Failing Students: Part 1

Chris Keller is a hard working student. She never misses class, sits in the front row, and takes copious notes. She reads her text faithfully each week, completing her reading assignments well ahead of time. She makes flash cards to help her learn key terms and concepts and takes all More

Champions of Psychology: John T. Jost

APS Fellow John T. Jost received his PhD from Yale University in 1995 and is currently Professor of Psychology at New York University, where he has taught since 2003. He has published over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters and has received numerous awards and honors. In 2007, Jost More