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Volume 15, Issue2February, 2002

2001 was a year to look forward to: No more Y2K problems. No more hanging chads. No more special prosecutors. Just a nice, simple year in which everything could get back to normal. Unfortunately, “normal” and “2001” will never be mentioned in the same sentence again. None of us will More

Steven J. Haggbloom, Head Department of Psychology 1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101 270-745-4427; steven.haggbloom@wku.edu http://edtech.tph.wku.edu/~psych/ Western Kentucky University is the largest comprehensive university in Kentucky with a combined undergraduate and graduate student enrollment of approximately 16,000 students. Western offers more than 75 undergraduate degree programs and about More

Graduate students are a strange species. They have characteristics of both undergraduates and of their faculty counterparts. They are still students, but not really: they often take student loans, they stay up late and get up (somewhat) early, and they can subsist on pizza alone for days at a time. More

We know we’re weird. Graduate school is one time in life that it is acceptable, almost expected, that one is weird. Guess what? So are undergraduates. Actually, as a subspecies, work-study students are the least weird of the undergraduates. Your work-study position is usually a well-defined job, and you are More

Few in the United States know it, but a quiet revolution took place in Warsaw, Poland, on September 23, 2001. On the front lines were 200 men and women, mostly twentysomethings, bearing freshly-minted Master’s degrees in social psychology. Their mission: to improve Polish society through social psychology. The occasion was More

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is launching a new initiative in the area of cognitive neuroscience. NSF is seeking highly innovative, interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing the understanding of how the brain supports thought, perception, action, social process, and other aspects of behavior. NSF is encouraging research into how such More

Not surprisingly, the recent changes in the world have enormous implications for science. Many in the scientific community are calling for increased federal spending on new technologies and theories that will better equip our society and the world to cope with terrorism and the current state of fear. This is More

The highest ranking behavioral science official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now also an acting institute director. Sounds ripe for a case study in divided attention and individual capacity for multitasking. Soon after the start of the new year, Raynard S. Kington, currently serving as director of More

The argument of many of these columns to date is that psychological science needs to figure more in worlds of public policy formulation. But I have found myself, a psychologist whose career has been concerned with experiment and theory, strikingly confused about things to say that would help shape public More