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362023Volume 36, Issue1January/February 2023
The January/February Observer: Artificial Intelligence in Psychological Science
Developments in AI and machine learning herald unprecedented leaps in many applications, including human psychology itself. Algorithmic bias is just one issue of concern.

Presidential Column

Alison Gopnik
University of California, Berkeley
APS President 2022 - 2023
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In this Issue:
A Very Human Answer to One of AI’s Deepest Dilemmas

About the Observer

The Observer is the online magazine of the Association for Psychological Science and covers matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology. The magazine reports on issues of interest to psychologist scientists worldwide and disseminates information about the activities, policies, and scientific values of APS.

APS members receive a monthly Observer newsletter that covers the latest content in the magazine. Members also may access the online archive of Observer articles going back to 1988.

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Up Front

  • A Very Human Answer to One of AI’s Deepest Dilemmas

    Imagine that we designed a fully intelligent, autonomous robot that acted on the world to accomplish its goals. How could we make sure that it would want the same things we do? Alison Gopnik explores. Read or listen!

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Government Relations

  • Inside Grants: Institute of Education Sciences Grant Funding

    Sidney D'Mello, University of Colorado Boulder The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the research, evaluation, and statistics division of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information. Sidney D’Mello is a professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science and Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is interested in the dynamic interplay between cognition and emotion when individuals and groups engage in complex real-world activities. His team applies insights gleaned from this basic research program to develop intelligent technologies that help people reach their fullest potential by coordinating what they think and feel with what they know and do.

APS Spotlight

  • Reducing Biases in the Graduate School Admissions Process

    During the Inclusivity Spotlight discussion at the 2022 APS Annual Convention, three social scientists who are thought leaders in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education shared research-based perspectives on and potential solutions to bias in the graduate admissions process.


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