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Volume 24, Issue2February, 2011

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Champions of Psychological Science: Carol Tavris

Carol Tavris earned her PhD in social psychology at the University of Michigan. In her career as a writer and lecturer, she has sought to educate the public about the important contributions of psychological science and to explain how pseudoscience can lead us astray at best and, at worst, cause More


People With Similar Language Styles Are More Romantically Compatible

It’s February and love is in the air! We know that people tend to be attracted to, date, and marry other people who resemble themselves in terms of personality, values, and physical appearance. However, these features only skim the surface of what makes a relationship work. The ways that people talk are also important. More


In Appreciation: Robyn Dawes

(1936 – 2010) APS Fellow and Charter Member Robyn Dawes died December 14, 2010 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 74. Dawes was the Charles J. Queenan Jr. University Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University where he made significant contributions to the field of behavioral decision research and More


Opportunities and Challenges in Social Neuroscience

The unifying Opportunities and Challenges in Social Neuroscience conference at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, is bringing together psychological scientists from around the world to discuss the directions that neuroscience is heading. New techniques resulting from advances in mapping the functional anatomy of the brain offer deeper insights into brain functioning, behavior, and More


Hunch for $1,000

IBM and the game show “Jeopardy!” announced recently that “Watson” — a computerized contestant long in the works — is ready to show its cognitive savvy on the air. For three consecutive nights starting February 14, Watson will match wits with Ken Jennings —who won 74 games in a row, the More

Asking Perceptive Questions Is Crucial to Students’ Critical Thinking

I would add an eighth guideline to D. Alan Beasley’s “A Brief Guide for Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking in Psychology,” from the December 2010 Observer: developing students’ abilities to ask perceptive questions. As teachers, we spend a great deal of class time either providing information to students or asking students questions. We More

Want a Better Relationship?

Gary W. Lewandowski, Monmouth University, told CNN that putting your partner first is relationship advice of the past. Lewandowski, who is speaking at the APS-STP Teaching Institute this May in Washington, DC, and his colleague, APS Fellow and Charter Member Arthur P. Aron, Stony Brook University, study “self-expansion,” how individuals use More


When the Zebra Loses its Stripes

The capacity to remember that a zebra has stripes, or that a giraffe is a four-legged mammal, is known as semantic memory. It allows us to assign meaning to words and to recall general knowledge and concepts that we have learned. The deterioration of these capacities is a defining feature of semantic More


Getting Outside Myself to Help the Thai People

APS Fellow Bruce Svare reflects on his time in Thailand Those of us in higher education have a tendency to develop tunnel vision and become overly focused on our professional careers as scientists. When world problems remote from our homes become the lead story in news reports, we often pay More

How To Be a Good Mentee

Mentoring relationships are the bedrock on which much of higher education is built. Mentoring reflects a relationship between an experienced senior colleague (mentor) and a less experienced junior colleague or student (mentee), in which the mentor provides the mentee with resources, expertise, skills, and perspectives related to personal development and More