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Volume 16, Issue3March, 2003

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A Modern Classics Sampler

Writing classics in psychology did not come to an abrupt end in the early 20th century. It undoubtedly continues today, although time will tell which of today’s titles will emerge as tomorrow’s classics. The Observer asked a handful of APS Board members which modern era textbooks had most influenced their More

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Department of Psychology 455 W. Lindsey Norman, OK 73019 The department of psychology at the University of Oklahoma is one of a limited number of public graduate institutions in the United States with a strong focus on experimental psychology and advanced research methods. A distinctive characteristic of More


Kahneman: First ‘clear’ psychology Nobel The letters submitted to the Observer [January 2003] arguing that Daniel Kahneman was not the first psychologist awarded a Nobel Prize raises the question of who is a psychologist. Kahneman is the first clear psychologist. Daniel Kahneman received his PhD from a psychology department (University More

Classical Blunders

Don’t believe everything you read, not even in the classics, cautions Linda Bartoshuk of Yale. “The books aren’t always right,” says the APS Board Member. “I don’t think I learned that until graduate school.” At Brown University, when Harold Schlossberg, himself a co-author of a classic textbook, assigned her to More

Confessions of a Collector

Saying that Rob Wozniak collects books on psychology is akin to saying Tiger Woods hits golf balls. The Bryn Mawr professor has more than 10,000 such books. They fill shelves that reach floor-to-ceiling along every wall of seven rooms in his home. Some of those rooms even have stacks, just More

So, You Want to Write a Textbook?

Henry L. Roediger, III has two methodology textbooks in print, Experimental Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology, both in their seventh editions, so the APS president-elect knows a little about the do’s and don’ts of textbook writing. “Most of us have taught in classrooms,” says the Washington University at St. More

Waking Up: Using Mindfulness Meditation in Graduate School

For the last two years, I have been asleep. Not in the literal sense of sleeping, but in the sense of acting automatically, forever attending to the past or what would be happening in the future, but rarely paying attention to the present moment. My first “wake-up” call, or at More

‘Unforgettable’ Classics: Classic Psychology Texts Stand the Test of Time

What makes a text a classic? Members of the American Psychological Society Board of Directors were asked about their favorite psychology classics. APS Members are invited to share their psychology classic nominations as well (send nominations to the Observer). William James shares much more than his first name with the More

Congress Passes ’03 Budget as Bush’s ’04 Arrives

The White House released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2004 in early February. Problem was, Congress hadn’t quite finished the 2003 budget. The situation was ameliorated when Congress approved a 2003 fiscal year omnibus spending bill on Feburary 13, and sent it to the White House for approval. NATIONAL More

NIAAA Puts Science Into Real-World Treatments

America has a drinking problem and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is helping the scientific community do something about it. There is a great deal of knowledge gained in laboratories about the abnormal behaviors of alcohol abuse and how to treat and prevent them and the suffering More

Psychologists in Non-Traditional Academic Departments

No Starving Artist, Psychologist Collaborates in Advertising By Patrick Vargas Patrick Vargas earned a BA in philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a MA and PhD in social psychology from The Ohio State University. Vargas has appointments in the departments of advertising and psychology, and the Institute for More

The Two Social Psychologies

Continuing our series on boundary-crossing science, professor Douglas Massey, former president of the American Sociological Association and current chair of the sociology department at the University of Pennsylvania, writes about the challenges of combining micro and macro. His research on how segregation affects the lives of black and Hispanic Americans-best More