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Volume 24, Issue10December, 2011

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Global Psychological Science at Its Best

Pursuing big questions in psychological science is an international effort. APS recently co-sponsored programs featuring cross-cutting research presentations by some of the most distinguished scientists in the field. World-class psychological scientists came together to share their latest findings at symposiums on epigenetics, social neuroscience, and embodiment. More

NIA Announces New Funding Opportunities

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has announced two funding opportunities for psychological scientists. According to the NIA, the goal of this initiative is to generate interdisciplinary applications “examining social, emotional and economic behaviors of relevance to aging” using an approach that investigates both relevant behaviors and the underlying genetics More

Song Recognition

“Memory is essential for making music meaningful,” says Carol Lynne Krumhansl, Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. “Musical emotion is considered to occur in moments when our expectations are violated, with the resolution delayed in artful ways. This creates waves of tension and relaxation that depend on our knowledge of More

Writing a Psychology Textbook: Is It For You?

Writing a psychology textbook can be a worthwhile and rewarding experience. This article will explore the reasons for writing a textbook, the personal and professional prerequisites, the nature of the commitment, suggestions for gaining textbook writing experience before you decide to write your own text, and finally, the criteria for More

The Art of Collaboration

For me, choosing the right graduate school was about finding a department that not only allowed me to collaborate with other labs but encouraged it as well. At its best, collaboration is a collection of individual effort and skills that makes a project greater than what the collaborators could have More

Stress Hurts Our Minds and Our Bodies

Stress isn’t just “in our heads.” It can impact our physical well-being too. According to psychological scientist Elissa Epel of the University of California, San Francisco, chronic stress can affect what we eat, how our bodies process insulin, and even the health of individual cells in our bodies. Epel’s research More

Brenda Milner Awarded Prestigious Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

When APS Fellow and Charter Member Brenda Milner was studying Henry Gustav Molaison (aka Patient HM) in the 1950s, awards were not at the forefront of her mind. Decades later, she has been awarded the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize for her novel contributions to neuroscience, especially her work with Molaison. More

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Temptation: It Depends on How You’re Feeling

From gravy-soaked turkey to home-baked cookies, the holiday season is full of temptations. In a series of experiments published in Psychological Science, researchers examined the role visceral states — such as hunger — play in people’s response to temptation. In one experiment, two groups of smokers rated how pleasurable they More

Rising Stars

Joan Chiao Jaap Denissen Andrew Livingstone Lauri Nummenmaa Nickola Overall Gaia Scerif Lars Schwabe Nicole Tausch Peter Titzmann Yana Weinstein Joan Chiao Northwestern University, USA http://culturalneuro.psych.northwestern.edu/Lab_Website/Welcome.html What does your research focus on? I conduct research in social affective and cultural neuroscience. Currently, my research adopts a ‘cultural neuroscience’ framework to More

The Enduring Influence of Jean Piaget

The Psychology Today interview with Jean Piaget took place in 1970 at the height of his influence. During that year, the international Jean Piaget Society was formed, and the society, as well as Piaget’s influence, endure. The interview captured many facets of Piaget’s remarkable career: his roots in epistemology and More

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Remembering David E. Rumelhart (1942-2011)

APS Fellow and Charter Member David Everett Rumelhart, Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) died at age 68 on March 13, 2011 from complications of a progressive neurodegenerative disease. After completing a PhD in mathematical psychology at Stanford in 1967, Rumelhart joined the faculty at University of California, San Diego, where he More

Psychological Science For All

Interesting and important psychological research is published every day around the world, yet the rumor is that most psychology journal articles are read by an average of six people. Psychological research spans multiple disciplines, advances our understanding of human behavior, and offers relevant insight for everyday life. So why does More

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Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

Select your favorite metaphor for the extended time that it typically takes for scientific findings to gain widespread clinical use — a clogged pipeline, a leaky pipeline, or a chasm to be bridged — the lag is long for whatever image you choose. In fact, in 1998, the National Academy More

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APS Award Address

The work Earl Hunt described in his James McKeen Cattell Award Address at the 2011 APS Convention focused on some tough questions about intelligence research — questions like “Who cares about trigonometry?” The answer, of course, is that people in nations that value math and science care about trigonometry, because More

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Between Speech and Song

Take note! Psychological scientists are doing sound research in the quest for the elusive crossroads where words and music meet. More

A Science We Can Believe In

APS, our Board and our Members are against scientific misconduct… at least (by my estimate — more on that below) 98.03 percent of them are. Does this sound like something newsworthy enough to devote a column to? I’ve decided to interrupt my planned series of opinion pieces to write a More

Why Does Music Move Us?

“There’s nothing in a sequence of notes themselves that creates the rich emotional associations we have with music,” says psychological scientist Daniel Levitin. So why does music trigger profound emotional experiences? When we listen to music, our brains impose a structure on sounds — yet music affects us very differently More

A Spirited Debate Over Chicks

In July, APS put out a press release on why chicks prefer certain types of music based on “Chicks Like Consonant Music,” a study published in Psychological Science. On November 9, 2011, Jason Goldman wrote about the study on the Scientific American blog: Day Old Chickens Prefer The Same Music More

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Review of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Do cognitive biases show up in people other than college sophomores? Do people make decision mistakes outside the lab, when real incentives are on the line? Are smart people immune from bias? Are these biases really mistakes? Does experience eliminate biases? As a card-carrying member of the biases-and-heuristics crowd of More

APS-EASP Cosponsored Symposium to Discuss Trends in Social Neuroscience

Pursuing big questions in psychological science is an international effort. APS recently co-sponsored programs featuring cross-cutting research presentations by some of the most distinguished scientists in the field — “Social Psychology and the Neurosciences: Perspectives and Pitfalls” at the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP); “Exploring the Dynamic Interaction Between More

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Cutting-Edge Research on Embodied Cognition at an APS-ESCOP Cosponsored Symposium

Pursuing big questions in psychological science is an international effort. APS recently co-sponsored programs featuring cross-cutting research presentations by some of the most distinguished scientists in the field — “Social Psychology and the Neurosciences: Perspectives and Pitfalls” at the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP); “Exploring the Dynamic Interaction Between More

APS and ESN Sponsor Distinguished Symposium on Epigenetics

Pursuing big questions in psychological science is an international effort. APS recently co-sponsored programs featuring cross-cutting research presentations by some of the most distinguished scientists in the field — “Social Psychology and the Neurosciences: Perspectives and Pitfalls” at the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP); “Exploring the Dynamic Interaction Between More

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Psychological Science Inspires New Merit Badge

Why earn a merit badge for nutrition when you could earn a badge for psychological science? For the first time in over 25 years, Girl Scout badges are getting overhauled. Scouts can still earn traditional badges like the Cook or the Athlete, but now they can also earn a badge More