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Volume 28, Issue10December, 2015

Using Sound to Get Around

Discoveries in Human Echolocation More

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Volume 28, Issue10December, 2015

APS and Open Science: Music to Our Ears

From most of the press accounts of the ambitious project on reproducibility in psychological research published in Science this past summer, one would not have learned that, under the leadership of APS, psychological science has taken the lead in addressing an issue that is highly relevant to most, if not More

The Gap in Genetic–Environmental Studies of Psychopathology

Doubtless the genetic studies reviewed in the October 2015 Observer article “Passing Down Psychopathology” are providing important biological links to the roots of psychopathology in children. They do, however, as the article points out, “explain very small amounts of variance, suggesting that researchers have yet to identify many of the More

Establishing Psychometric Expectations for Neurobiological Assessments

Across psychological science, there has been an explosion of new tools and technologies over the last decade. In an upcoming symposium at the 28th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, May 26–29, 2016, experts will discuss the cross-cutting implications of emerging psychometric standards unique to neurobiological measures. From neuroimaging to genetic More

Books to Check Out: December 2015

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson; Reprint Edition, Mariner Books, October 20, 2015. Development of Mathematical Cognition, 1st Edition: Neural Substrates and Genetic Influences Edited by Daniel Berch, David Geary, and Kathleen Mann Koepke; Elsevier, October More

Psychological Scientists Honored by the National Academy of Medicine

Three psychological scientists — APS Fellow Valerie F. Reyna, and Nobel laureates Edvard I. Moser and May-Britt Moser — are among 80 new members just elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Membership in the National Academy of Medicine is said to be “one of the highest honors in the More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Edited by C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers  Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in More

The Many Varieties of Mentors

It is hard to express the importance of the mentor–mentee relationship in a brief article. In my experience, this relationship is one of the most valuable in a graduate student’s life. Students should forge this relationship early on and strengthen it throughout their graduate career and beyond. Graduate school is More

A Brief History of Psychological Science

The Observer concludes a year-long series celebrating a quarter-century of the journal Psychological Science by taking a look back at the last 25 years of the journal, including leadership, special sections, and ongoing updates to publication standards and practices. 1990 In the journal’s first volume, Founding Editor William K. Estes More

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Redefining Fear

Some people think Pavlovian fear conditioning research has convincingly shown how fear and anxiety operate in the brain — but APS William James Fellow Joseph E. LeDoux believes there is more to the story. More

Making Sense

What is it like to be a bat?” asked philosopher Thomas Nagel in his influential 1974 essay. “I assume we all believe that bats have experience,” he continued, but can we ever understand what it is like to fly, navigate by sonar, or spend our days snoozing upside down in More

Remembering Wendell E. Jeffrey

APS Fellow Wendell E. Jeffrey, known as Jeff, took an unusual path to developmental psychology. He finished high school at the age of 16 and enrolled at the University of Iowa, planning to study moral philosophy. He left after one semester, feeling the need to aid the war effort. Too More

World Bank Puts Psychological Science on World Stage

Psychological science is making a big splash in world of international development. This month the World Bank announced a new initiative intended to bring insights from behavioral science directly to the forefront of international development. Established in 1944, the World Bank Group employs more than 10,000 employees in more than More