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Volume 24, Issue6July/August, 2011

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Improving Intelligence

Improving intelligence has preoccupied society since French psychologist Alfred Binet devised the first IQ test. Since then, the notion that intelligence can be calibrated has opened new avenues into figuring out how it can also be increased. Psychological scientists have been on the front lines of modifying intelligence. So much More

Federal Funding Agencies at the APS Annual Convention

Alphabet Soup The ABCs of federal funding for psychological scientists Submitting grant applications is often a nail-biting, anxiety-causing process. In this uncertain economic climate, it can be more stressful than ever to apply for funding for research projects. The “Federal Funding Opportunities for Psychological Scientists” symposium at the APS 23rd More

Larry Erlbaum Collects His Paycheck

Editor’s note: APS Executive Director Alan Kraut’s touching and humorous tribute to Lawrence Erlbaum’s longtime service to psychological science and to APS. Larry Erlbaum is a real-life personal and professional hero. Personal, because of the importance he attaches to the people in his life. Many times I have witnessed the More


Presidential Symposium: Broadband Social Cognition

The presidential symposium at the APS 23rd Annual Convention began the way any good psychological study should: with a hypothesis. “Man is by nature a social animal,” said APS President and symposium chair Mahzarin Banaji, quoting Aristotle. In keeping with the form of good science, Banaji offered empirical support for More

Wikipedia Initiative: Demonstrations

A lot of information is available on the Internet these days, but how accurate and how comprehensive is it? And even more important, how accessible is it to the general public? The APS Wikipedia Initiative (APSWI) is helping APS Members take charge of their science and ensure that Wikipedia, the More

Gender: A Product of Cultural and Biological Evolution

Wendy Wood, of University of Southern California, and Alice Eagly, of Northwestern University, chairs of the symposium on the cultural and biological evolution of gender, have been turning heads for the last couple years by casting doubt on the dominant discourse in evolutionary psychology of gender.  By examining the ways More

Your Attention Please

Attention underlies our ability to complete all mental tasks. Imagine then, the benefits of being able to improve the ability to focus and maintain attention. Such was the theme for this invited symposium at the 23rd Annual APS Convention. This ability to ‘train attention’ is potentially quite valuable for the More


Bring the Family Address: Is There The Courage to Change America’s Diet?

With over 60 percent of the United States, population is overweight, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index; it’s safe to say the traditional medical approach to treating America’s diet-related problems is not working. In light of increasing rates of obesity and diabetes, Kelly Brownell, a psychological scientist at Yale’s More

APS Journals at Convention

Leading Researchers Discuss Current Directions in Schizophrenia In a special pre-convention event, five distinguished researchers came together to discuss the latest research on schizophrenia, a debilitating mental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Though each of the researchers examined a different facet of the disease, all five, all five More

Recognizing Michele Nathan

Psychological scientists are trained to do science, and as we all know, writing typically comes second. It’s no secret that the science in a manuscript submission may be a significant contribution to the field but that the prose may be, well, less than stellar. Enter the managing editors and copy More

When Economics Met Psychology

This meeting of scholarly minds has led to a booming — and surprising — science of decision making Economists have long sought to understand how people make decisions, but some of their most remarkable insights have occurred only recently, as they have begun a dialogue with psychological scientists. The fruits of this More

Not the Mystery it Used to Be

One of the core concepts of psychology is consciousness. Yet, because consciousness has generally been considered intangible, it has been thought that science will never be able to truly characterize it. But as the four researchers at the Consciousness theme program at the APS 23rd Annual Convention demonstrated, advances in More

Student Events at the 23rd Annual APS Convention

APS Student Caucus Convention Kickoff and Student Social The APSSC Convention Kickoff and Student Social, held at Buffalo Billiards, drew record crowds. Nearly 300 students enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while playing pool and chatting. Incoming and outgoing members of the APSSC Board had the opportunity to meet with members More


Saving the Best for Last: Symposia Sunday

The Impact of Childhood Trauma There are many people who experience traumatizing events who do not develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But does that mean that their mental health is not affected at all? Four researchers came together on Symposia Sunday at the APS 23rd Annual Convention to discuss how More

Research Not Lost in Translation

An important motivator for many researchers is to help people — to cure a disease or to improve lives. Translational research describes work that begins in the lab, but also has real-world applications. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established a “From Bench to Bedside” initiative in 1999 to help More

Integrative Moral Cognition

The philosopher John Stuart Mill famously proposed that moral decisions are made according to a principle of utilitarianism: Moral decision makers perform a sort of cost-benefit analysis in an attempt to maximize benefits and minimize harm. According to this view, it’s okay to kill one person if, by doing so More

It’s In The Data: Openly Gay Service Won’t Harm The Military

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, but what role did research have in the military’s decision to let gay service members serve openly? In an invited symposium, a panel led by Air Force psychologist Howard N. Garb discussed the impact of psychological science on military policies concerning gay service More

Who Do We Blame for Bad Behavior?

APS-David Myers Distinguished Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychology Classmates may not like him or her, but the teacher always appreciates the “teacher’s pet” — that one favorite student who pays attention, take notes diligently, and participates enthusiastically. Then there is the “slacker,” a teacher’s worst nightmare More

Bringing Psychological Science to Life

APS is one of the best meetings I attend, for several reasons. First, it is a great cross section of the science of our discipline: clinical, social, cognitive, developmental, I/O and neuroscience. I love having the opportunity to discover new ideas and meet fellow researchers. Two such events happened in More

Aloha! From Hilo, Hawaii to Washington, DC

In January, when asked by our supervisors from the psychology department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, “Who wants to go to Washington, DC to present posters for the APS convention in May?” seven of us threw our hands up enthusiastically, not realizing the work we had ahead to More

Attention Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Student Notebook is looking for authors! The Student Notebook wants to share your knowledge with its wide readership. Do you research fascinating topics? Summarize what you know. Have you gained some important experience and insight while applying for a grant, clinical internship, or job? Give the rest of us More

Integrative Psychological Science

Psychological science has been moving in an increasingly interdisciplinary direction, and consequently the field faces both many challenges and many opportunities. The symposium “Outstanding Conceptual Challenges in an Era of Integrative Psychological Science” exemplified the APS 23rd Annual Convention theme of Convergence. During the 20th century there was an explosion More

The Many Faces of Network Analysis

The next big thing in psychological science just may be network analysis. In a packed ballroom with over a hundred in attendance, four psychological scientists discussed the opportunities for studying networks and demonstrated how networks can uncover new trends, in disciplines ranging from social psychology to molecular neuroscience. Psychometrist Denny More