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Volume 25, Issue2February, 2012
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Has Google replaced the brain? Psychological scientists are decoding how technology has reprogrammed our minds. More

Please excuse this further sidetrack from the road we were on in my previous columns. Two months ago, the column I had planned was displaced by a response to the considerable attention that various media paid to a social psychologist’s faking of data and the attendant questions about whether psychology More

Psychology has come in for some bruising in the news media recently. The huge fraud case involving Diederik Stapel of Tilburg University in the Netherlands reaped a large amount of (well-deserved) negative publicity. Coming on the heels of other fraud cases at well-respected universities in North America, some see a More

APS is excited to introduce a new addition to the APS journal family — Clinical Psychological Science (CPS). At the helm of this new journal is Founding Editor Alan E. Kazdin, John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center. More

Psychological scientist Eli Finkel believes  “we are witnessing the early stages of an explosion of research on romantic attraction.” Why the explosion? The Internet, that’s why. Finkel is the lead author of “Online Dating: A Critical Analysis From the Perspective of Psychological Science,” an upcoming issue of Psychological Science in More


Reasoning is an ability that comes naturally to most people, and this can be demonstrated, according to psychological scientist Philip Johnson-Laird, by the world-wide popularity of Sudoku puzzles. While some people might be better at them than others, the whole point of Sudoku puzzles is that people can solve them More

Perhaps no field lends itself to application in and to a university setting the way psychological science does. Becoming an administrator is a wonderful way for psychological science to positively touch the lives of many people in a university setting. As we move on with our careers, some psychological scientists More

This adventure began with an email I nearly deleted as spam. In 2007, Heather Kelly from APA asked to help gather evidence to fight an amendment to the National Science Foundation (NSF) authorization act that called for de-funding my NSF grant along with six others — on the grounds that More

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Has Google replaced the brain? Psychological scientists are decoding how technology has reprogrammed our minds. More

Digging into the history of psychological science, the Observer has retrieved classic interviews with prominent psychological scientists for an ongoing series Psychology (Yesterday and) Today. Each interview is introduced by a contemporary psychological scientist, and the full text of the interview is available on the Observer website. We invite you More


Andrew Butler Duke University, USA What does your research focus on? Generally speaking, I study human memory and learning. However, I am particularly interested in how the act of retrieving information from memory affects subsequent memory for that information. Many people consider memory retrieval to be a neutral event More

Current Directions Those who play nice as kids have better-quality romances. Current Directions People may believe men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but research says they’re more similar than we think. Psychological Science Bacterial smells make people more likely to want to use a condom More


After reading Mahzarin Banaji’s (2011) article in the Observer calling APS members to action, I was sold on using the APS Wikipedia Initiative (APSWI) as a classroom tool. It was just a matter of waiting until the right course came along. When I was scheduled to teach a graduate class More

Imagine a room full of college students and police officers anxiously awaiting to hear your presentation on how to better identify missing or abducted children, but wait! The audience is not only in front of you, but they are also in two other states! Can this really happen? Yes it More

From Mario Kart to World of Warcraft, why are we so obsessed with video games? Psychological scientists predict that part of the appeal of video games is the opportunity to “try on” a better version of you. In research published in Psychological Science, participants reported how they would like to More