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Volume 17, Issue1January, 2004

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Courting Research: Psychology and Law Go Hand-in-Hand

Life is full of tough choices. Sell or hold? Left or right? Guilty or not guilty? Every fall, many students around the country face a particularly difficult decision – law school or graduate school? For a small group of psychologists, the answer was easy: both. Monica Miller received her MA More

Annual Review Launches Clinical Psychology Volume

Research in clinical psychology is coming of age, and one of the clearest markers of its arrival is that a new Annual Review, to be launched in 2005, will be devoted entirely to clinical research. Nolen-Hoeksema APS Charter Member Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, University of Michigan, is inaugural editor of the Annual More

NIDA Makes Behavioral Science a Priority for Public Health

I am pleased to have this opportunity to address the members of the American Psychological Society and to highlight some of the activities that the National Institute on Drug Abuse is supporting in the behavioral research area. Given the complex nature of drug abuse and addiction, behavioral and social services More

Psychology All-Stars: Robert Levenson

In response to requests for more personal interactions with leaders in psychology, the APS Student Caucus is sponsoring a series of occasional Psychology All-Stars interviews. For the inaugural interview, we are fortunate to have Robert Levenson, APS President-elect, share his personal insights on what it takes to become a first-rate More

Beck Wins Grawemeyer Award

APS Fellow and Charter Member Aaron Beck – widely considered to be the founder of cognitive therapy – won the 2004 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for psychology. Beck is credited with the cognitive method of helping people learn techniques to help themselves. He developed this system of psychotherapy in More

In Appreciation: Lloyd G. Humphreys

Quintessential Scientist I met Lloyd Humphreys during the first week of a three-year post-doc (quantitative methods training program, University of Illinois, 1987-1990). Soon we began meeting regularly, and I came to appreciate Lloyd’s extraordinary, brilliant mind. His wide-ranging command of applied research, psychometrics, and the study of individual differences left More

Taylor Takes on ‘Fight-or-Flight’

Conventional research on stress has focused on the fight-or-flight theory, theorizing that all animals react to stress with either an aggressive or evasive response. APS Fellow and Charter Member Shelley Taylor argued that while the fight-or-flight model may be applicable to male animals, it may not apply to females. Females More

Steele and Markus on ‘Stereotype Threat and Black College Students’

APS Fellow and former Board Member Claude Steele expounded on the relationship between stereotype and environment, and where he left off APS Fellow Hazel Rose Markus picked up. Their talk, “Stereotype Threat and Black College Students,” was given on November 14, 2003 at a gathering of the Stanford Alumni Association. More

Observer Forum

A Wealth of Opportunity The wealth disparities article [Observer, November 2003] demonstrated how the techniques of psychology can enhance a variety of disciplines ranging from geography to marketing. Likewise, the knowledge produced within psychology can be valuable to others. For example, Nancy Adler’s findings that physical health may be affected More

Choosing a Dissertation Topic

Graduate students may take several approaches to choosing a dissertation topic. While a perfunctory approach may hasten a degree, establishing a standard of quality will enable you to both advance the field and also evolve our own career. Eight steps are presented below to aid the graduate student in selecting More

Vita Voyeur

I like to look at other people’s vitas. There. My little secret is out in the open. Vitas are so delicious, so much fun to read. They tell so much about a person. Academics live for them. “You are your vita,” Charles Lord writes in the first chapter of The More

The First Day of Class

Every time we think we are on top of our teaching, even briefly, a host of pedagogical issues nibble at our consciousness – course content, method of presentation, critical thinking, writing across the curriculum and others. Only the first day of class seems comparatively luxurious. Show up – distribute course More