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Volume 18, Issue2February, 2005

Signed, Sealed, Delivered AS READERS OF THE OBSERVER know well, the ability to understand and use behavioral science information can be personally and collectively liberating and empowering, so the goal of APS’s Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science is commendable and should be given top priority [“Shipping More

Every November The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a special section on executive compensation of the chief executives (generally the presidents or chancellors) of American universities. The latest special section appeared November 19, 2004, and reported data for the 2002-2003 academic year. The data are collected from tax filings from More

“Louis Pasteur once said, ‘Chance favors the prepared mind.’ Take advantage of fortuity by getting involved in a lot of activities.” – Albert Bandura At the APS 16th Annual Convention, I learned the importance of fortuitous opportunities. For instance, I had no intention of becoming an APS Student Caucus Executive More

Late in the fall of 1998 I received a call from an old friend, J. Galen Buckwalter: “Hey Carter,” he asked. “Would you be interested in doing some data analysis?” At the time, I was halfheartedly pursuing a career as a research consultant for a variety of advertising and technology More

Communication has always come easily for Morton Ann Gernsbacher. As a young girl in Dallas, Gernsbacher would carry on full-fledged conversations with every object in her room, including stuffed animals, bedposts, and crayons. Teachers in her elementary school were constantly reassigning her seat in a futile attempt to stifle her More

In a highly anticipated report to the director of the National Institutes of Health, a panel of leading behavioral and social science researchers, including two APS Presidents, has recommended that NIH establish a secure and stable home for the most basic of NIH’s behavioral science research and training. Their recommendation More

The following comments were made to the advisory council of the National Institute of Mental Health during the council’s deliberations on the future of basic behavioral science at the Institute. In 2004, three psychologists were elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences: Elizabeth Loftus, Elissa Newport, and Walter Mischel. More

Once housed primarily at the National Institute of Mental Health, some areas of basic behavioral science are being shown the door. Where will they end up? Psychologists who conduct basic behavioral research are reeling from a structural reorganization and a new set of priorities at the National Institute of Mental More

It seems Bob Dylan was as much a scientific visionary as a social one. In his 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde, Dylan rasps of being “helpless like a rich man’s child.” A study in the February issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science argues that growing up in an affluent More

In his best-selling 1950s book The Hidden Persuaders, Vance Packard warned Americans that Madison Avenue was teaming with psychologists to unconsciously influence buyer behavior. While research has generally discredited the effectiveness of subliminal messages, businesses nevertheless spend billions each year to develop methods of seducing us into buying their wares. More

Evolution Says Men Marry Down Men are more likely to marry women below them on the corporate ladder, rather than their colleagues or bosses, researchers at the University of Michigan found. The study highlights male concerns about mating with dominant females. “These findings provide empirical support for the widespread belief More

What do most college professors have in common with Billy Joel, Reverend Billy Graham, Bill Murray, and Bill Clinton? Few of us are named “Bill,” so that’s not it. Rather, it is our occupational dependence on our voices. Like politicians, singers, actors, and preachers, teachers rely on their voices as More

“You don’t need a Roadmap to know which way the wind blows.” – With apologies to B. Dylan This month’s cover story examines funding for basic behavioral research from the perspectives of National Institute of Mental Health leadership and staff, recent NIMH advisory workgroup members, APS leadership, and both newer More