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Volume 25, Issue10December, 2012

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Year in Review 2012

2012 was a great year for psychological science. In May, more than 4,000 researchers from around the globe gathered in Chicago to make the 24th APS Annual Convention the biggest ever. In September, Clinical Psychological Science — APS’s newest journal — published its first article online. APS’s established journals are More

From Where the Chair Sits

Serving as the chair or head of an academic department may very well be the most difficult and challenging job in university administration. At the same time, however, being a department chair or head can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. I know first-hand — I had the pleasure of serving More

Rethinking Gifted Education Policy

Although promising future athletes and musicians tend to be identified and actively supported from an early age in the United States, the same intense support is not always provided to children who display academic promise, thus hurting the ability of our most talented individuals to compete in the global economy. More

Identifying the Missing Pieces in the Study of Families

The study of families has largely focused on mothers and children despite assertions that more research on fathers is needed (Phares, 1992). One explanation is that mothers have traditionally performed the majority of care-giving duties and therefore may influence child outcomes to a greater degree than fathers. Moreover, some scientists More

‘Tis the Season for Giving

It’s the time of year to give — whether you’re giving gifts to friends and family, donating to complete strangers, or giving yourself a break. The nature of giving is a rich topic for psychological scientists. Over the last year, several researchers have published new insights into how and why More

Our Genes Want Us to Be Altruists

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it. Let’s…” Be altruists? While it may not be what Cole Porter had in mind, animals from bees to rats to chimpanzees (though perhaps not fleas) incur costs to their own immediate well-being for the benefit of More

Inside the Neurotic Mind

In popular culture, neuroticism carries a light, humorous, even attractive connotation — witness the appeal of comedians like Woody Allen and Larry David or characters such as Liz Lemon on the TV show “30 Rock.” But from a clinical perspective, a negative temperament may play an underlying role in many More

Developing a Taste for Perceptual Psychology

No two people perceive a particular food in exactly the same way. Discoveries in genetics and psychology point to genetic variations in taste and smell receptors as root causes of individual differences in taste and smell. These two senses are the primary ways in which humans perceive food flavor (a More