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Volume 29, Issue6July/August, 2016

How Rats, Bats, Bees, and People Navigate Their Worlds

Nearly 70 years ago, psychological scientist Edward Tolman introduced the idea that humans and other animals have a “cognitive map” that allows them to navigate their everyday spatial environments. Evidence of physical processes underpinning cognitive maps emerged in 1971 with breakthrough research based on recorded brain activity in freely moving More

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This is a photo of APS Fellow Laura L. Carstensen.

On One’s Own Time

People form a life story for themselves by weaving a temporal tapestry, taking psychological fabric from their past and threading it into their present experience and the future they hope to have. That’s essentially the way APS Fellow Dan P. McAdams described the role that time plays in the human More

Diversity as a Must-Have Feature of Science

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., issues a call to embrace a manifesto for diverse psychological science. Inspired by APS Fellow Richard McFall’s “Manifesto for a Science of Clinical Psychology” published in 1991, Neblett, an associate professor of clinical psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, suggested More

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Changing Habits for the Long Haul

At the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, psychology researchers presented cutting-edge science that may help us adopt newer, healthier, or safer behaviors. More

Paying Tribute to Janet Taylor Spence

Across her groundbreaking career, Janet Taylor Spence, who died in March 2015 at the age of 91, was both an inspired researcher and an influential leader. Spence’s many contributions to the field of psychological science were honored in a special symposium organized by APS Past President Kay Deaux and Lucia More

This is a photo of APS Fellow Rainer Goebel.

Psychology and Technology: A Premium Blend

Whether they’re conducting industrial/organization studies or analyzing brain scans, psychological scientists are proving to be anything but Luddites. In “Advancing Psychological Science Through Technology,” a cross-cutting theme program at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, a panel of researchers demonstrated how technology can be used to strengthen data collection More

Sunday’s Science Smorgasbord

The science was bountiful right up to the last second of the convention. Symposium Sunday provided convention attendees with a feast of discovery on cognition, behavior, methodology, and more.                                         &nbsp More

A Slice of Student Activities at the APS Convention in Chicago

APS Student Caucus (APSSC) events at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago provided students with valuable learning opportunities on topics including how to succeed in graduate school and navigate the job market and how to write for a targeted journal audience. Students also had the chance to meet and More

Sizing Up Magnitude

From fitness trackers that monitor our heart rates and daily steps to the number of “likes” on our latest social media update, the world is becoming an increasingly quantified place. Though we may not be aware of it, our own estimations of magnitude and scale bias our senses and decisions More

Are Neutral Faces Really Neutral?

When your face is relaxed and visibly devoid of any emotional expression, do people see a neutral affect or do they perceive something else entirely? A symposium at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago featuring APS Fellow Ursula Hess, Aleix M. Martinez, D. Vaughn Becker, Daniel N. Albohn, and More

Tracing the Source of Children’s Racial Attitudes

How children learn about race, ethnicity, and religion depends largely on how their parents present information about different individuals and groups during crucial developmental periods. As part of a symposium at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, three developmental psychological scientists examined the important role that parents play in More

Who’s to Blame?

Although bullies, thieves, and swindlers typically draw our scorn, research suggests that the fault we assign in crimes, accidents, and altercations is far more nuanced than we realize. In the symposium “Understanding Blame and Compassion for Transgressors and Victims,” psychological scientists presented new findings about how people parse out blame More