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Volume 10, Issue1January, 1997

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Making the Best of Graduate School

[I am grateful to my advisors, Barbara and Irwin Sarason, and the faculty and my peers at the University of Washington for making sure I did what I was supposed to do. Thank you. – A.R.G.] Are you optimizing your time in graduate school? Graduate school can be and often More

Carl R. Gustavason (1946-1996) Pioneering Wildlife Psychologist

A pioneer in the application of psychological science to the protection of wildlife and its environs, APS Fellow Carl R. Gustavson, was struck down at age 49 by a sudden heart attack on July 30, 1996. Gustavson dedicated his life and career to advocating a broad paradigm of psychology emphasizing More

Increasing Student Interest In Psychological Theories

Attracting and maintaining students’ attention when teaching them basic psychological theories is not easy. Students tend to be more interested in practical, real-world relevant topics and show little pass ion for the underlying theoretical concepts. Additionally, many students have difficulties in understanding scientific theories and theoretical questions. The Too Much More

…In Conjunction with APS Meeting Satellite Meetings to Coincide With Convention

APS Introduces “Biology and Behavior” to ’97 Convention In recognition of their members’ growing participation as presenters and attendees at the APS convention, a substantial number of psychology-oriented and related organizations have accepted APS’s invitation to hold mini-conventions, workshops, poster sessions, business meetings, and social events in conjunction with the More

Teaching Institute Showcases the Latest Research and Teaching Techniques

On May 23, APS will hold its Fourth Annual Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in Washington, DC. Scheduled in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Convention (May 23-26, 1997), this exciting one-day preconference is open to teachers of psychology at two- and four year colleges and universities, graduate students and More

Scarr's Presidential Symposium Takes on Genetics and Personality

How can it be that happiness is more genetically than environmentally variable? Are leaders born and not reared? Are socially retiring people born to be shy? Is love of sky-diving and driving a Harley-Davidson a personality trait with physiological bases? Do social attitudes, such as authoritarianism, vary more with genes More

Aronson Talks to Teenagers in the APS Bring-the-Family Address

Designed to be both informative and entertaining, the Bring-the-Family Address is the perfect way in which to share your enthusiasm for psychology with your family and friends. Substantive psychological issues and research are discussed in a relaxed, accessible fashion that everyone can understand and appreciate. This year’s talk is titled More

Psychology in a Transitional Russia

Can the teaching and practice of psychology thrive if they are not supported by a vigorous home-grown research base? The question preoccupies many Russian psychologists today as they see research funding from the Russian Academy of Sciences shrink almost to the disappearing point. Russian researchers are struggling to keep their More

Will Research Take Second Place?

Moscow, Russia- “We have had a very bad, really tragic situation during July, August, and September,” said Andrey Brushlinsky, director of the Institute of Psychology and the sale psychologist in the Russian Academy of Sciences. “In those three months we didn’t receive our salaries because the Ministry of Finance and More

Science Struggles to Survive in Academia…

YAROSLAVL, Russia-Travel guides point to Yaroslavl as the “most Russian” of regional cities, an attractive example of what Russia is all about, with the bonus of being within easy reach of metropolitan Moscow. For anyone seeking to understand what Russia’s approach to psychology is all about, the psychology department of More

Comments Sought on Changes To Merit Review at NSF

WASHINGTON, DC- On the heels of proposed changes to the peer review system at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (see Sept. 1996 Observer), the National Science Foundation (NSF) also announced the introduction of new criteria to evaluate the thousands of grant proposals submitted to that agency each year. NSF’s More

The Science of Self-Report

BETHESDA, MARYLAND-The accuracy and reliability of reports of one’s own behavior and physical state are at the root of effective medical practice and valid research in health and psychology. To address this crucial element of research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held an informative conference here in November, “The More

Psychology’s House of Intersecting Dialogues

The forthcoming APS convention revolves this year about the Unity of Psychological Science. But is there, will there be, or even should there be such unity? These questions seem quite timely, for the house of psychology today is hardly the paragon of tranquil harmony. Unprecedented tensions are pulling it apart More