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Volume 17, Issue3March, 2004

Why did psychology’s leading researchers take that first course? Was it the compelling advice of a master? Perhaps a sudden epiphany? There’s a story behind every good psychologist. A cross-section of psychologists were asked to share their stories and illuminate the heart of this careerma king decision. This series showcases More

RECENTLY, PAUL EKMAN shared words of wisdom on pathways to success for graduate students. Ekman is a professor of psychology in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, and is renowned for his work on emotion and interpersonal deception. APSSC: Why did you choose More

APS Fellow and Charter Member Roxane Cohen Silver was recently named to a new nine-member national advisory panel on homeland security, the Academe and Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee. Silver, a University of California, Irvine psychology professor and the only psychologist on the committee, is a nationally recognized expert in More

IN PERHAPS THE SPIRIT of Frank Lloyd Wright, master architect, urging a client to accept the stylistic dialogue between his building and its surrounding environment, Barbara K. Rimer is urging the scientific community to identify dissemination as inextricable from the research process, and therefore a fundamental part of the landscape. More

In his classic 1872 book, The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, Darwin wrestled with the challenges associated with interpreting animal behavior. Can we use psychological attributes to refer to animals in the same way we use them to describe other humans? When Darwin argued that emotions exist in More

A FEW YEARS AGO, my husband Richard L. Rapson, an American historian, and I were having breakfast with the great Henry James biographer, Leon Edel, and his younger brother, Abe, a philosopher at the University of Pennsylvania. We’d invited them to meet Tim Naftali, who’d just finished a book called More

SHELLEY TAYLOR’S FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT research [Observer, January 2004] was very insightful, and I can draw an analogy of her work with that of Carol Gilligan, in teasing apart the subtleties of sex-based differences between females and males. It is clear that fear can trigger any number of flight responses, but we More

A flurry of correspondence came to me after my January 2004 presidential column, “Vita Voyeur.” It turns out that when I listed several types of vitae toward the end of the column, I missed one: The Secret Vita. Or, if one prefers a less sinister name, The Nonacademic Vita. Such More

Last April, scientists announced the completion, with greater than 99.99 percent accuracy, of the Human Genome Project, the culmination of a publicly funded, 13-year international effort to sequence the three billion DNA letters contained in the human genome. Now behavioral and social scientists are being tapped to address the issues More

The “Highly Cited” list of psychologists that the Institute for Scientific Information posted on the Internet has unleashed a squall of controversy about the list’s relevance and, more broadly, the use of citations as an indicator of influence in the field. Following the summer 2003 Internet publication of the list More

Most people want to feel good. What people actually do to feel good, however, varies considerably. For example, some people surf, while other people sunbathe. Differences in people’s behavioral choices may be in part due to differences in affect valuation [or the affective states that people value and would ideally More

The year 2004 marks the centenary of B. F. Skinner’s birth. I doubt that most members of the American Psychological Society (and even a smaller proportion of all psychologists) will pay much attention. After all, hasn’t behaviorism passed from the scene? Don’t we live in the age of the cognitive More

Some folks come to the college library fully expecting the experience be excruciatingly dull, and we are not necessarily referring to students. If truth be told, as a faculty member, I (first person throughout refers Sharon Hollander) probably would not have partnered with a librarian or even made my way More

APSSC President The dedication of this year’s APS Student Caucus Ex- ecutive Board, in combination with the enthusiasm of the wider population of APS Student Affiliates, exemplifies the power and importance of collaboration at the student level. During this Board’s first six months in office, the student feedback we have More