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Volume 16, Issue1January, 2003

During his conversation with Alan Kraut (APS Observer January 2002), Alan Leshner said, “When I came to the federal government, I always hesitated before I told my colleagues that I was a psychologist.” Leshner then described how psychology has changed. His comments evoked vivid memories of my early days as More

Does the average citizen understand the difference between science and pseudoscience? A recent report on the state of public understanding in science conducted by the National Science Foundation1 suggests that belief in pseudoscience is widespread in America. Of the 1,574 adults that were surveyed, only one-third understood and could accurately More

Department of Psychology Box 407, Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486 (717) 337-6171; Gettysburg College was founded in 1832 by a man named Samuel Schmucker. Because he had the foresight not to name the place after himself, it flourished. Now, 170 years later, Gettysburg College is consistently ranked among US More

For psychologists at the nation’s colleges and universities, a steady increase in federal monies has produced valuable research and interesting trends. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the high level of funding has enabled the school to establish a first-rate psychology department in which investigators are motivated to undertake research. More

Federal support for research and development activities at the nation’s colleges and universities continues to rise for psychology, according to data compiled by the National Science Foundation. Top 15 Total R&D Expenditures in Psychology: FY2000 (in thousands of $) University of Wisconsin Madison $23,237 University of Oklahoma $13,927 Pennsylvania State More

A couple of years ago I attended a meeting where Russell Belk, a professor of marketing from the University of Utah, gave a talk about “collecting,” i.e., the phenomenon in which people go to great lengths to obtain large numbers of coins, stamps, or other objects. After his presentation, I More

As President of the American Psychological Association (APA), I have often been asked how APA is faring relative to the American Psychological Society (APS). The assumption in such questions is that the organizations compete with each other, and that a gain for the one organization is in some way a More

As part of our continuing series on bridging sub-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary boundaries, Professor David Watson reflects on his own experiences exporting research on mood, personality, and psychopathology. Professor of Psychology at the University of Iowa, he received his BS in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1975, and his PhD More