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Volume 19, Issue2February, 2006

Robert L. Solso, former chairman and 21-year faculty member of the University of Nevada Reno psychology department, died on January 16, 2005. He was a devoted teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students. As a Fulbright Scholar to Russia in 1981, Solso lectured abroad and made significant contributions to international More

Since my days of beginning graduate study, I have heard a wealth of advice regarding how to find the right mentor. What I haven’t heard is how to balance the two most crucial qualifiers in the mentor-protégé relationship: matching personality and research interests. Typically, students are advised to find a More

What do sexy billboards, cynicism, eating your vegetables, and bad British teeth have in common? According to The New York Times, they’re the inspiration behind some of 2005’s best ideas. In the December 11, 2005 issue of The New York Times Magazine, “The 5th Annual Year in Ideas” lauded five More

The following editorial originally appeared in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest (Vol. 6, No. 3), in conjunction with the report ‘Neurotoxicants, Micronutrients, and Social Environments: Individual and Combined Effects on Children’s Development’ by Laura Hubbs-Tait, Jack R. Nation, Nancy F. Krebs, and David C. Bellinger which appears More

It interests and confounds me that most people in the United States seem to know little, and few seem to care, about the history, characteristics, or complexity of Canada. Several years ago, I accompanied a woman originally from Toronto to a dinner otherwise attended by US-born faculty. At some point More

What began with a simple click at led me to an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and, eventually, to Nepal. I received the Fulbright Award in March of 2004 along with an offer to choose a 5- or 7-month stay, and even an extension without stipend for an additional few More

On a fall morning in 1998, a teacher at a Tennessee high school noticed the smell of gas in her classroom and soon felt dizzy and nauseous. Some of her students then reported feeling ill as well, and they were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. As concerned staff More

I can remember a lunch I once had with Leon Festinger. We used to lunch once a week in New York at our favorite Italian restaurant, Il Bambino. Back in those days, one could have a vodka martini and grilled scampi for five bucks. But that wasn’t the best part. More

In his letter to the editor [Observer, December 2005], Justin M. Joffe took issue with my assertion in a “Teaching Tips” column [Observer, September 2005] that “distinguishing correlation from causation” is a crucial critical-thinking skill that all psychology instructors should impart. Joffe went so far as to label my claim More

I read with interest Joann M. Montepare’s article “A Self- Correcting Approach to Multiple Choice Tests” [Observer, October 2005]. Montepare’s suggestion, to return students their exams, so that they may reflect on errors and search for the correct answers at home, seems well justified, bold, and efficient. I agree with More

How do you learn all those lines?” It is the question most asked of actors and their art. The ability to remember and effortlessly deliver large quantities of dialogue verbatim amazes nonthespians. Most people imagine that learning a script involves hours, days, and even months of rote memorization. But actors More

When turning on their TVs to watch the 2006 Olympic Games in Turino, Italy this month, people all over the world will witness the same events. They will be thrilled by the same luge races and awed by the same figure skaters, and they will join in universal bafflement that More