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Volume 22, Issue6July/August, 2009

Past APSSC President Kelli Vaughn-Blount leads the Students Teaching Students panel. Each convention, the APS Student Caucus (APSSC) delivers a full slate of student-oriented events for undergraduates and graduate students alike. This year’s program included symposia that recognized outstanding student research, as well as innovative workshops and panels. Student affiliates More

Dan Ariely, Duke University, NPR (Marketplace), May 4, 2009: Predictably Irrational. Ozlem N. Ayduk, University of California, Berkeley, The New Yorker, May 18, 2009: Don’t! The secret of self-control Emily Balcetis, Ohio University, Scientific American Mind, Oct 1, 2009: Illusions of steepness and height. Jay Belsky, Birkbeck College, University of More

Gender stereotypes were put to the test in APS Fellow and Charter Member Nora S. Newcombe’s Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture at the APS 21st Annual Convention, entitled “Women Hate Maps, Men Won’t Ask for Directions: Fact or Myth?” Newcombe, a Professor of Psychology and the James H. Glackin Distinguished Faculty More

For APS Fellow Irving Zucker, there really is a reason for the seasons — or at least the seasonal rhythms of mammals — and it’s melatonin. Zucker studies biological and behavioral rhythms generated by an internal timer set by environmental changes in day length. “The first reason [to study seasonal More

Robert Gray How is it even possible to text behind the wheel? But people do, adding one more activity to the growing list of driver distractions, along with shaving, reading the newspaper, putting on makeup, eating, watching movies (yes, even in the front seat), using the GPS, and of course More

Azim Shariff Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto, opened the “Toward a Cognitive Science of Religion: Insights From Personality and Social Psychology” symposium in a somewhat unorthodox fashion: “By show of hands, who in this room would say they have a personal belief in God or religious affiliation.” After noting that More

Christa McIntyre “So, apparently, putting ‘sex’ in the title really brings people out,” Ewan McNay, University at Albany, the State University of New York, joked as he opened the symposium “Sugar, Stress, and Sex: How Hormones Affect Cognition.” He was right — the room was packed, and everyone was there More

Cindy Lustig A very special guest was in attendance at the APS Convention symposium on “New Interventions for Productive Aging,” sponsored by the National Institute on Aging: Angela Little, an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. At the age of 89, she exercises every day and More

The neurological bases for social interaction are the focus of a growing interdisciplinary research enterprise involving psychologists and neuroscientists who are hard at work unravelling the mysteries of human social behavior. At the APS 21st Annual Convention, Kevin Ochsner of Columbia University chaired the symposium “The Neuroscience of Social Interaction&#8221 More

Derek Isaacowitz speaks while James Gross and Mara Mather look on We tend to think that as we get older everything goes downhill, from backs that creak to more frequent “where did I put my keys?” moments. But, following the pioneering work of APS Fellow and Charter Member Laura Carstensen More

Cornelius Gross The last few years have seen a veritable explosion in gene-environment interaction research. At the cutting edge of this work is a growing understanding of how environmental stress interacts with genes in ways that affect health, the topic of the “Gene-Environment Interplay in Stress and Health” Theme Program More

Alicia Grandey Sooner or later, we’re all a slave to our emotions, whether we’re yelling at the driver who just cut us off in traffic or crying after Bambi’s mother dies. However, we are usually able to control or minimize these emotional outbursts to at least create the façade of More

Dario Maestripieri The “The Architecture of the Mind” theme program exemplified the overall theme of this year’s convention, “Crossing Boundaries: Becoming a Cumulative Science.” This unique program brought together six speakers from psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and biology to discuss recent findings about how the mind allows us to, among other More

Ann Johnson The “History of Women in Psychology” symposium at the APS 21st Annual Convention provided a glimpse into the history and challenges women psychologists have faced, through the eyes of both historical researchers and two pioneering women who lived that history. Ann Johnson of the University of St. Thomas More

Gerd Gigerenzer There are many areas of psychological research that inform the public, but few are more crucial than health care.  Enter two reports — one about experimentally supported treatments in mental and behavioral health care and another about the proper interpretation of health statistics — published in Psychological Science More

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National Medal of Science winner Gordon Bower sat down with APS President Walter Mischel for the annual “Inside the Psychologist’s Studio” event at the APS 21st Annual Convention. The two long-time friends and colleagues discussed Bower’s ascent as one of the world’s most influential psychologists. Bower was born in a More

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Robert Levenson (left), Paul Ekman and Josh Singer A bit of Hollywood came to the APS 21st Annual Convention. APS Past President Robert Levenson moderated a fascinating discussion of how science becomes television by APS Fellow and Charter Member Paul Ekman, whose work on emotion and facial expression is the More

Linda Bartoshuk My entire family loves pickles — except me. At our family reunion there are several large jars of pickles on the table, and when the day is done, one of my uncles drinks the pickle juice from each jar. The only time I have eaten a pickle was More

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Richard Nisbett It’s a truism most people don’t have too much trouble with, at least on the surface: Some folks are smarter than others. But patterns of intelligence-test scores and academic achievement also reveal pretty clearly that some groups are smarter than others, too, and that’s a fact that makes More

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Frances Champagne Back in the day, when you learned about genetics and evolution in school, it was all about Mendel and Darwin or more recent refinements of their basic ideas. As a bit of historical amusement, they also taught you about that other guy, Lamarck, who had oh-so-foolishly believed that More

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Is your brain like a Swiss Army knife? No doubt it’s sharp (after all, you’re a member of APS), but the real question is, how does your brain operate? Is it jam-packed with specialized tools that are unfolded only when a specific situation arises? Or is it more all-purpose, with More

It goes without saying that graduate school is a busy time for students. Research, training, and manuscript writing occupy many hours due to the emphasis that many programs place on producing original research. One activity that many graduate students tend to overlook, however, is grant seeking: the process of finding More