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Volume 26, Issue10December, 2013

Mapping Mindsets

In the United States, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. In Japan, the nail that is sticking up shall get pounded down. Although admittedly simplistic, anyone who has spent time in these two cultures can attest to some fundamental truth in these cultural axioms. Social norms vary sharply across cultural More

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Mapping Mindsets

In the United States, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. In Japan, the nail that is sticking up shall get pounded down. Although admittedly simplistic, anyone who has spent time in these two cultures can attest to some fundamental truth in these cultural axioms. Social norms vary sharply across cultural More

Educating Consumers of Psychological Science

This time of year brings several things to mind. I suspect I am not the only one shocked that the holiday season seems to be upon us once again, nor the only one wondering what happened to daylight late in the afternoon? For me, this is also the time of year I come to the end of my Introduction to Psychology class. As the end approaches I start to think, what will my students take away when the lectures and exams are over More

Nakamura Heads Peer Review at NIH

Chronology of a Career 1960-1963 Bronx High School of Science – has known since grade school that he will become a scientist. 1963-1968 Undergrad, Earlham College – ‘60s social and political climate piques interest in partying, and then psychology; eventually discovers experimental psychology. 1968-1969 Research Assistant, NY State – studies More

The Next 25 Years

This article is part of a series commemorating APS’s 25th anniversary in 2013. In winding up this year-long series, the Observer contacted several APS Rising Stars from the past few years and asked them to provide forecasts on the different directions that psychological and integrative research will take over the More

Reflecting on Lifetimes of Achievement

As part of APS’s 25th anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors is honoring 25 distinguished scientists who have had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter-century. These individuals received the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, honoring a lifetime of significant contributions to applied psychological More

Aiming for a Multifaceted Approach to Psychiatric Disorders

In the search for new ways to prevent and treat mental illnesses, scientists need to refine their understanding of the complex interplay between environmental factors and brain development in these disorders. Steadily chipping away at this goal is Elaine F. Walker, recipient of the 2013 APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

C. Nathan DeWall, University of Kentucky, and renowned textbook author and APS Fellow David G. Myers, Hope College, have teamed up to create a series of Observer columns aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom. Each column will offer advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area More

Salovey Inaugurated President of Yale University

In an October 13 ceremony, APS Fellow Peter Salovey was inaugurated 23rd President of Yale University. Salovey also serves as the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology at Yale and served as the provost of Yale from 2008 to 2013. Salovey’s research focuses on emotions, particularly on links between emotion and More

Seven Reasons to Pursue Advanced Quantitative Training

At the graduate level, quantitative methods are arguably the only common training across the subdisciplines of psychology; your first-year sequence of statistical training likely included biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology students. While we all get trained in the basics of analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple regression More

Narcissism Unleashed

They can be self-centered, arrogant or cocky. They seem charming at first, but later turned out to be intensely self-absorbed. They may be supremely confident in their abilities but turn out to be incompetent — and blame other people for their failures. Narcissists must perform a variety of mental and More

Koob Selected to Direct NIAAA

An APS Fellow and internationally recognized expert on the neurobiology of addiction has been selected to direct the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). George F. Koob will begin his duties in early 2014. As director of NIAAA, Koob will administer a $458 million budget for research, policy More

Finding the Truth in False Memories

Over the past decades, psychological scientists have debunked the notion that human memory provides a reliable record of actual events. The well-known work of APS Past President Elizabeth F. Loftus, who in a classic experiment convinced study participants that they got lost in a shopping mall as children even though More

Psychological Science Paper Recognized with Robert B. Cialdini Award

The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology has bestowed a special honor on the authors of an August 2012 Psychological Science paper. APS Fellow Judith M. Harackiewicz, Christopher Rozek, and APS Fellow Janet Hyde of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, along with Chris Hulleman of the University of Virginia, are recipients More

Newcombe to Discuss Integrative Approach to Cognitive Science in Convention Speech

Temple University psychologist Nora Newcombe has received a 2014 William James lifetime achievement award from APS, in honor of her role in advancing the field of cognitive science. Newcombe will deliver her award address, “Resolving the Nativist-Empiricist Debate: A Neoconstructivist Approach to Cognitive Development,” at the 26th APS Annual Convention More

The ‘Heartwarming’ Nature of Social Bonds

Emotional connections with others are one of the fundamental ingredients for a happy and fulfilled life. Seeking out these connections often feels good, providing a kind of social “warmth.” New research published in Psychological Science suggests that this social warmth may be more than metaphor, revealing that brain areas involved More

SSSP Provides Opportunities for Psychopathy Researchers

A layperson’s conception of psychopathic personality might involve psychosis, mental illness, and violent behavior, but none of these things is actually equivalent to psychopathy. While psychopathy is one risk factor for aggression, psychopaths are usually rational people, and they can be found throughout society. Members of the Society for the More