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Volume 20, Issue6June/July, 2007

To the editor: We are concerned by the message that has been conveyed to the general public regarding the power of the situation to “trump individual dispositions” (“The Banality of Evil,” Observer, April 2007). In contrast to Zimbardo, we believe that there is actually little scientific evidence indicating that situations More

To the editor: It was more than a little surprising to read Wray Herbert’s review of Sharon Begley’s book, Train Your Mind Change Your Brain, in the APS Observer (March, 2007, p. 15) claiming that Michael Meaney’s (fascinating, groundbreaking and outstanding) work “has proven that the way mothers treat their More

When I first studied psychology some years ago, personality typing was really big. Students would fill out batteries of tests and inventories and come away with tidy answers to the Big Question: Who Am I? One popular personality test, based on the thinking of the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, told More

In 1974, I was a young associate professor at Purdue and believed that I was doing just what I was supposed to be doing — teaching large courses, working with students, and conducting research. In fact, I had recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct More

We met at an anti-Vietnam War protest in 1971. Jerry was an associate professor and Judy was a graduate student at the University of Illinois. We encountered one another across the table at an anti-war strategy meeting, and our eventual relationship can be traced to a fortuitous game of footsie More

This is an ongoing series in which highly regarded professors share advice on the successes and challenges facing graduate students. Laura L. Koppes is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of West Florida. After completing her PhD in industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology at The Ohio More

The first step in obtaining a graduate degree in psychology is to get into graduate school — no small feat, even for the best students. If you are well-qualified and well-matched to a particular program, you might be invited to visit the campus for an interview. The interview is your More

One of the most critical skills for academic psychologists is writing the empirical journal article. Yes, other forms of communication (review articles, theory articles, book chapters, books) are important, but the empirical journal article reporting two or more studies or experiments is the most common form of communication. Early in More

“In my opinion, the greatest risk for science is to stop taking risks,” Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has written. In furtherance of this theme, which holds sacred status among science strategists, here’s a risky proposal for enlivening future biomedical research by directing some More

The James McKeen Cattell Fund and APS are pleased to announce that Lisa Feldman Barrett, Susan Gelman, and Sandra Waxman are this year’s James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship recipients. Since 1974, the prestigious Cattell Fund Fellowships have allowed researchers to extend sabbaticals from their home institutions in order to pursue More

As a psychology researcher, imagine being able to get a group of people together in a social environment where they are able to relax and be themselves, but where one can still collect data. Sounds like an elusive fantasy, but the possibility is becoming a reality through Internet research in More

APS Fellow and Charter Member Sam Komorita, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Illinois, died of emphysema on December 11, 2006. Sam was best known for his contributions to conflict resolution, particularly the dynamics of bargaining and coalition formation, and the induction of cooperation in social dilemmas. Samuel More

On December 26, 2004, one of history’s deadliest and most destructive tsunamis struck 12 countries bordering the Indian Ocean, the result of a massive 9.1 magnitude underwater earthquake off the coast of Indonesia. The ensuing waves traveled across the ocean at over 550 miles per hour — as fast as More