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Volume 21, Issue6June/July, 2008

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Adherence to Exercise and the Older Adult

I always knew I wanted to work in the health field. The medical field was fascinating, but I wanted a closer relationship with patients than most doctors have. The fitness industry was also appealing to me, but I couldn’t face working out 6 hours a day for the rest of More

On the Newsstand

Sadness Spurs Spending, Experiment Shows NPR April 21, 2008 “If you’re feeling blue, you might want to think twice before you head out for a little shopping. That’s because research shows sad people are willing to pay significantly more money for everyday items such as a water bottle. Cynthia Cryder More

The History Corner: The 70th Anniversary of a Masterpiece

In May of 1938, an advertisement appeared in Psychological Abstracts announcing the publication of a new book by the Appleton-Century Company. Slated to appear in June, The Behavior of Organisms: An Experimental Analysis would be the next installment in the famed Century Psychology Series edited by Richard Elliott of the More

APS Delegation Visits China

The APS delegation would like to extend its gratitude to the many hosts in China. Special thanks go to: Kan Zhang The Institute of Psychology Ye Liu The Institute of Psychology Shizhuan Zhang Chinese Academy of Science Xiaolan Fu The Institute of Psychology Xianghong Sun The Institute of Psychology Zhengkui More

Psychology on the Road

Psychology on the Road By Ann Conkle and Catherine West With gas prices rising dramatically, many people are turning to mass transit. But for the vast majority, cars are still the main mode of transportation. When you break it down, driving is pure behavior. It involves perception, cognition, emotion, and More

A Missed Opportunity for Psychology: The Story of Solomon Carter Fuller

The 1909 Clark University Conference. Solomon Carter Fuller is on the extreme right, last row (or, the third person back). In the front row are E.B. Titchener (second from left), William James (third), G. Stanley Hall (sixth), Sigmund Freud (seventh), and Carl Jung (eighth).1 Psychology generally acknowledges Francis Cecil Sumner More

Publication Statistics Show Collaboration, Not Competition

Changing the name from American Psychological Society to Association for Psychological Science triggered a substantive gestalt switch in my perception of our organization. I welcomed the change as a commitment to the development of an international orientation in psychology. Having received my PhD degree in the US in 1982 and More

An SEP Hat Trick: Three from APS Win Annual Awards

The prestigious Society for Experimental Psychologists (SEP) gave its 2008 recent research and lifetime achievement awards to two APS Past Presidents and its Early Career award to a rising star in the field who is also an APS Member.  Coincidence?  We think not. SEP awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal More

Primed For Ripeness

There was a time when the world was full of women named Daisy and Iris and Lily and Rose. Naming daughters after nature’s blooms was considered a high compliment, a celebration of feminine beauty. Flowery names aren’t in fashion so much these days, but the tradition of linking blossoms and More

Having Less Power Impairs the Mind and Ability to Get Ahead

Being put in a low-power role may impair a person’s basic cognitive functioning and thus, their ability to get ahead, according to new research in Psychological Science. In their article, Pamela Smith of Radboud University Nijmegen, and colleagues Nils B. Jostmann of VU University Amsterdam, Adam Galinsky of the Kellogg More

Endowment “Hoarding” Draws Congressional Ire

Among universities, too, the very rich are different from the rest. They have bigger endowments. This has inspired Congress to wonder why tuition keeps rising above the rate of inflation while endowments rise to record levels. The reality of academic finance is that only a small slice of America’s vast More

Behavioral Science and National Security

In a rare joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee and the Science and Technology Committee, behavioral and social science got top billing. On April 28, 2008, the chair of the Research and Science Education Subcommittee,  Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), and the chair of the Armed Forces Subcommittee, Adam More

Using Office Hours Effectively

Ah, office hours. Some faculty actually enjoy holding them while others practically have to be forced to. Where you fall in this spectrum can be noted by your own reaction to the title of this article (insert dramatic pause here for a moment of self-reflection . . .). Using office More