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Volume 27, Issue2February, 2014

Genetically Ever After

To what extent does biology influence an individual’s marital satisfaction or likelihood of divorce? Integrative science provides some insight. More

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Genetically Ever After

To what extent does biology influence an individual’s marital satisfaction or likelihood of divorce? Integrative science provides some insight. More

Technology, Psychology, and a Coming Revolution in the Study of Decision Making

Technological development can drive changes in science. For psychological science, the growth in technologies that monitor behavior or facilitate human interactions will lead to powerful, novel tools to aid our research. My guest columnist this month is my colleague, Paul Glimcher, who is a leading figure in the emerging discipline More

Understanding ‘Chemobrain’

Halfway through her chemotherapy treatment following a breast cancer diagnosis, Susan (not her real name) began to feel as though a blanket of fog had rolled over her brain. A highly successful professional in her 50s, she suddenly had trouble remembering the day of the month or even her own More

The Mechanics of Moral Judgments

If you realize you never received an invitation to your friend’s housewarming party, you might wonder — accidental omission or purposeful slight? If you turn on the news and discover that an explosion close to home has caused death and destruction, a question likely to cross your mind is — More

A Visionary on Vision

APS Fellow Aries Arditi likens his work to skydiving. Founder of two vision research, development, and consulting companies, Arditi has spent more than 3 decades studying methods to help people with visual impairments. And like skydivers who don’t know where their parachutes will take them, his research — as he More

Cognition Colored by Emotion

Emotions can sometimes act as a kind of “sixth sense,” steering us toward certain behaviors, decisions, and judgments. Perhaps no one is more familiar with these emotional phenomena than affective science pioneer Gerald L. Clore, recipient of the APS William James Fellow Award and professor of psychology at the University More

New Website Aims to Reinvent Psychology Education

APS Fellow Ed Diener and his wife Carol Diener want you to imagine taking chapters from various introductory textbooks, then shuffling them in any order you want to best fit the course you are teaching — all within minutes on a computer. Oh, and the book is free to your students. More

Psychological Scientists Elected as AAAS Fellows

Congratulations to the following APS Fellows who have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The new fellows will be recognized at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. Theresa M. Lee, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Past APS Board Member Eugene Borgida, University of More

Launching an Education Revolution

The Academic Observer is an occasional column by APS Past President and Publications Committee Chair Henry L. Roediger, III, who is James S. McDonnell Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. AO: What inspired you to pursue the Noba project? Why now? E&CD: We believe a revolution in college education is More

Tipping the Scale: Strategies for Research Productivity in Grad School

February 2014 Student Notebook Announcements Become an APSSC Campus Representative to promote psychological science on your campus. APSSC members may be eligible for travel grants to defray the cost of travel to the APS Annual Convention. Students submitting to the APS Annual Convention can be considered for the Student Research More

Developing Interactive Tools for Teaching Statistics to Psychology Students

Of the many types of new technological tools available for teaching statistics, which ones will actually help students learn? Research suggests students will receive the greatest benefit only if the tools include structured interactions that encourage learning through discovery. The recently developed pencast and apps for iPhones and iPads are More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current More

Karpicke Honored by White House

The White House has announced that Jeffrey D. Karpicke, James V. Bradley Associate Professor at Purdue University, is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The honor, which is the highest bestowed on early-career scientists and engineers by the United States government, was granted to More

NIH Seeks Proposals to Increase Diversity in Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering three new funding opportunities which will be distributed through a newly established Diversity Program Consortium and are designed to address the lack of diversity in the scientific research community. The initiatives will include and be targeted toward serving the behavioral, biomedical, clinical More

Rayner to Receive 2014 William James Fellow Award

APS Fellow Keith Rayner, known widely for his modern eye-tracking methodology in reading and visual perception, has been named a 2014 APS William James Fellow Award recipient for his contributions to the basic science of psychology. Rayner will give his award address, discussing how culture, writing systems, and age influence More

Inside the Psychologist’s Studio: Eleanor Maccoby

Some of the first women to enter the field of psychological research sought to examine differences between the sexes, even as they suffered from gender discrimination themselves, APS William James Fellow Eleanor Maccoby recently said in an interview with APS Past President Kay Deaux. Maccoby, known widely for her contributions More

Kathleen Vohs Receives Anneliese Maier Research Award

She’s found that a messy desk can promote creative thinking. She’s identified the economic principles that influence how women respond to sexually suggestive ads. She’s demonstrated that performing a ritual leads to more enjoyment when eating and drinking. APS Fellow Kathleen Vohs has been a prolific investigator of the links More

Dueling Brains

As previously reported in the APS Observer, Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) unveiled what was said to be the world’s largest anatomically correct sculpture of a human brain at the Department of Psychological and Brain Science’s recent 125th anniversary celebration. But following a refutation from APS Fellow F. Robert Treichler at More

Books to Check Out: February 2014

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicascience.org. Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan; Princeton University Press, August 25, 2013. &nbsp More