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Volume 21, Issue2February, 2008

Say you want to distribute a questionnaire to trauma survivors in order to study coping mechanisms. Your IRB says to you, in essence, “Hmm, writing about traumatic experiences will be too stressful for the participants.” “Why do you believe it will be stressful?” you ask. The reply: “It’s a gut More

With a budget of $6 billion, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the only federal science agency dedicated solely to supporting basic research. That doesn’t mean NSF is the only agency that supports basic research – the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense have significant basic More

Over the past 25 years, the story of psychology in the United Kingdom has been one of increasing success in all areas and aspects of our science. Psychological research and education in the UK are currently in good shape, and we are able to produce high quality innovative science across More

The Observer recently invited our charter members to share their memories of APS. What was happening at the founding of the Association? What prompted them to join and remain loyal members for 20 years? Here is a selection of their responses. For more responses, see Janet Polivy: The Organization More

This is an ongoing series in which highly regarded professors share advice on the successes and challenges facing graduate students. Lisa M. Diamond is associate professor of Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She received her doctorate in Human Development from Cornell University. Diamond’s research focuses on More

There are many ways for students to acquire and maintain mentoring relationships that foster research, clinical, and other professional development. The rationale for mentoring is clear. Students benefit from the wisdom of mentors’ education and experiences as they begin their careers. But finding a good mentor-protege match isn’t always quite More

The ‘No’ Muscle: How To Bulk Up Your Self-Control Boston Sunday Globe December 16, 2007 “If self-control can tire like a muscle, then one intriguing corollary is that it can also be built up like a muscle – and some research seems to say this is true. ‘Targeted [efforts] to More

It’s not often that adults get to take field trips. Once we are grown, the prospect of a day away from the ordinary usually fades along with our memories of the school buses that took us on those adventures. But the APS staff was invited to visit the psychology department More

When he was president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson concluded that it was easier to move a cemetery than it was to change a college curriculum. The same might be applied to the peer review system of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is undergoing a gargantuan review involving More

The motorcycle accident happened in August of 1980 and life would never be the same for the 39-year-old driver. His right arm endured significant damage, and he was right-handed. His judgment of construction design disappeared, and he was a city planner. Scenic landscapes and potential mates, once alluring sights, now More

In prior columns, I have discussed the centrality of psychological science as a hub discipline, the rise in collaborative and interdisciplinary science, and the important role psychological scientists have to play in these developments. Large scale science is expensive, however, and these encouraging developments are being constrained by the stagnation More

At the beginning of a market research project, 79 percent of students chose to participate in a group project rather than complete a similar one alone (Ryan & Ogilvie, 2005). Unfortunately, only 52 percent maintained this preference by the end of the semester-long experience. In addition, project quality often does More