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Volume 19, Issue7July, 2006
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Volume 19, Issue7July, 2006

APSSC Board – 2006-2007

President Andrew Butler Washington University in St. Louis butler79@gmail.com Andrew Butler is a fourth-year doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis in working with Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger, III. Butler’s research primarily focuses on how cognitive psychology can be applied to enhance educational practice. This work revolves around the More

Letters

The Wrong Stuff Tom Wolfe is well known for his fiction. One of his most recent contributions to this area occurred at the May 2006 Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, at which Mr. Wolfe was a panel member in a discussion of “The Mind in the Media.&#8221 More

How Many Seconds to a First Impression?

You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression.” We’ve all heard that an interviewer, or a stranger at a party, will form an impression of you, your character, your personality — an impression that is nearly indelible — all within the first 60 seconds of meeting More

Chun Wins Troland Research Award

APS Member Marvin Chun, Yale University, received the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. The $50,000 prize is awarded every year since 1984 to two young (under 40 years old) researchers in recognition of unusual achievement in empirical psychological research. According to the Academy, Chun was honored More

AAAS Elects 2006 Fellows

In recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science, five APS Members were recently elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: APS William James Award recipient and APS Fellow, William Greenough, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; APS Fellow Reid Hastie, University of Chicago; APS Fellow and More

Getting the Most Out of Your Student Ratings of Instruction

How do you react after reading your student ratings of instruction? How is it that professionals with advanced degrees who have taught for decades can be devastated or elated based on a comment or two from an 18-year-old student? But we are. We are because it is difficult to discover More

Une petit yogurt, s’il vous plait

Americans typically eat yogurt out of 8-ounce containers. By contrast, the typical yogurt in a French market weighs just more than half that, about 125 grams. This seemingly pointless fact may hide a fundamental psychological truth about how humans make all sorts of choices in life. That at least is More

Happy in Spite of Ourselves

Fans of the long-running TV sitcom Seinfeld will remember the episode in which Jerry realizes he is “Even-Steven.” Everything in his universe balances out. He has an important work gig cancelled, but before he can wallow in his disappointment a different opportunity unexpectedly presents itself. He loses a $20 bill More

The Science Behind Secrets

In the latest season of The Sopranos, the character Vito Spatafore, a mob captain in Tony Soprano’s crew, takes a gun to a remote motel, giving the impression he might kill himself. The reason for this impression is that Vito, long known to regular viewers as a closet homosexual, has More

In Appreciation: Frank A. Logan (1924-2004)

Frank A. Logan, a World War II veteran and former chair of the psychology department at the University of New Mexico, died on November 18, 2004. In addition to being an APS Fellow and Charter Member, Logan served as the president for both the APA Division of Experimental Psychology and More