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Volume 27, Issue1January, 2014

Breaking Bad Habits

Cross-cutting addiction research is leading to individualized treatments. It also may help identify people most at risk for relapse. More

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Volume 27, Issue1January, 2014

C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers discuss how our decisions about relationships are more logical than we might think, and examine whether low self-esteem fuels depression.

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

Books to Check Out: January 2014

Starting this month, the Observer will be publishing a list of recent books by APS members. To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. Depression and Drugs: The Neurobehavioral Structure of a Psychological Storm by Martin M. Katz; Springer, July 4, 2013 Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can More

Reenvisioning Clinical Science Training

A group of eminent psychological scientists articulate a cutting-edge model for training in clinical science in a new special series of articles in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The model — known as the Delaware Project — reenvisions the way in which clinical scientists More

The Many Benefits of an APS Student Membership

January 2014 Student Notebook Announcements The Student Notebook is seeking advanced graduate students to contribute articles on the following topics: (1) developing a programmatic line of research and (2) establishing a research lab. To find out more information or submit an article, contact the Student Notebook editor, Allison Skinner, at More

Standing Up for Science in the Community

Your November cover article, Inconvenient Truth Tellers, made me think of a very common form of denial in the practice of and education in clinical psychology. I work in a department that engages the community.  As a child psychologist, my job is to set up counseling centers in private or More

If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

Until now, I could honestly say that I have been impressed by psychological publications, at times bored, at other times pleased, but until this issue, rarely would I use the term embarrassed to describe my reaction to psychological publications. Let me explain. I believe that it was President Truman who More

Findings, Not Intentions, Motivated Controversy

The following is in response to your cover story “Inconvenient Truth-Tellers” in the November 2013 Observer: As someone with extensive (adverse) experience saying things, based on research, that people inside and outside of the academy did not want to hear, I finally found a pithy way to respond in an More

Breaking Bad Habits

Cross-cutting addiction research is leading to individualized treatments. It also may help identify people most at risk for relapse. More

Applying Psychology to Public Policy

  This month’s guest columnist is David Halpern, Director of the United Kingdom’s Behavioural Insights Team.  This innovative team provides a model for other countries demonstrating how psychological science can be utilized to inform government policy decisions. –Elizabeth A. Phelps When governments want advice on the likely impact of their More

Clinical Psychological Science: The First Year

*In 2014, the journal will transition from quarterly to bimonthly. The manuscript submission portal for Clinical Psychological Science (CPS) opened in April 2012, and the first articles were published online in September 2012. Four issues of the journal were published in 2013, completing the first volume year.* I am pleased More

How to Make Online Learning Effective

*APS and the Psychonomic Society jointly oversee the William K. & Katherine W. Estes Fund, established in honor of Estes and his wife. The fund supports the development of new programs to support mathematical issues critical to psychological science. According to an article published in The New York Times, 2012 More

Advances in Integrative Psychological Science

Increasingly, the excitement in psychological science is in integrative science —  research that spans disciplinary boundaries and geographic boundaries, and that combines different levels of analysis of the same phenomena. At the same time, it is increasingly clear that progress on the big questions involving behavior — whether in health More

Naturally Nasty

An impatient commuter shoves us out of the way to get onto the subway train. The bullying boss enjoys berating us in front of colleagues. The grouch next door yells at the neighborhood kids whenever a kickball accidentally ends up in his yard. We routinely deal with people who seem More

Remembering Daniel M. Wegner

Dan Wegner was many things — a psychologist, a colleague, and a dear friend. But of all the things he was, inventor was first and foremost. No matter how wrinkled and flabby the two of us became over the three decades that we spent in each other’s company, I could More

The Elevator Talk

“So tell me what you do.” A common enough request from a potential colleague who missed a job talk, the leader of an interdisciplinary grant team, a new member of upper administration, a development officer. But despite our best intentions in our response, our listeners often hear: “I am neither More

The Remarkable Human Self

Roy F. Baumeister acknowledges that some researchers who ground their work in molecules, genes, or the neural architecture of the brain may not believe in the concept of the self. Scientists have learned enough about the brain to know that no central processing unit controls the numerous, simultaneous cerebral activities More

‘Seeing’ Without Seeing

Close the doors, cover the windows, seal any cracks — the room is now pitch black. You can’t see anything…or can you? New research from psychological scientists at the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, and Seoul National University in South Korea suggests that body movements, like waving your hand, can More

Damasio Receives Grawemeyer Award

The Grawemeyer Foundation has named APS Fellow Antonio Damasio, whose research suggested emotions have a critical effect on reasoning and decision-making, the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Damasio, David Dornsife Professor and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, won More

Ethical Violations: When One Thing Leads to Another

Not everyone is destined to follow one ethical transgression with another, but a new study reveals what type of person is likely to be a “repeat offender.” In a series of experiments, behavioral researcher Shu Zhang of Columbia Business School and her colleagues found that people who derive a sense More

Robert W. Levenson on Unraveling Emotional Mysteries

Emotion, physiology, and the interaction between them enthrall APS Past President Robert W. Levenson. A 2013 APS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement and 2014 APS William James Fellow Award recipient, Levenson will deliver an award address, “Unraveling Emotional Mysteries: Insights From Studies of Couples, Cultures, Aging, and Patients,” at the More