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Volume 23, Issue3March, 2010

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Researching the Extremes of Visual Perception

Staring at bag after bag on an x-ray monitor at an airport check-in line, a security officer can get used to the routine of not seeing anything suspicious. Nail file, book light, knitting needles, machete — all clear. Whoops. APS Fellow Jeremy Wolfe of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard More

Psychophysiology: Daunting or Doable?

Physiological responses are an integral part of our emotions and experiences, and we all exhibit physically detectable signs of our emotional and experiential state.  For example, at your thesis or dissertation defense, you will most likely feel anxious and nervous; these feelings are accompanied by an increase in your heart More

Champions of Psychology: Cynthia García Coll

Cynthia García Coll is the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Education, Psychology and Pediatrics at Brown University. Her research focuses on  sociocultural and biological influences on child development, with particular emphasis on at-risk and minority populations. García Coll has served on the editorial boards of leading More

Distance Learning The Old Fashioned Way: Taking Class Outside the Classroom

Psychology classes have little trouble attracting the attention of students as evidenced by the fact that general psychology courses are typically the largest classes in the curriculum. General psychology has strong appeal because the course has direct relevance to students’ lives, and it is probably the single best recruiting tool More

Where Are Nearly Half of Undergraduates Initially Exposed to Psychology?

Researchers estimate that approximately 500,000 community college students enroll in various psychology courses each year in the United States (Johnson & Rudmann, 2004). “Most students at four year schools — most people for that matter — do not understand the amount of learning that goes on in community colleges,” says More

How Technology is Changing How We Teach Psychology

Just as psychology is an evolving science, the conditions under which we teach our discipline are also continually changing. Effective introductory psychology teachers must not only keep  abreast of changes in their subject matter, they also must be  attuned  to changes in community, regional, national, cultural, technological, and global environments More

Major Developments in Undergraduate Psychology

It’s a field that is misunderstood by a lot of people. Practitioners are thought to be mind-readers and researchers are thought to be practitioners. But for a subject that is so misunderstood, psychology certainly is a popular major in the United States. According to the most recent data from the More

Making the Grade: Psychological Science at the Institute of Education Sciences

Before I came to Washington, DC, to head the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) nine months ago, I spent my entire career analyzing data, researching reform and school improvement efforts, and working with members of Chicago’s education community to make those findings useful. My experiences convinced More

In Appreciation: Norman Garmezy

  Sir Michael Rutter Institute of Psychiatry, London I first met Norm in the early 19 70s at a conference at Lake Blodin Yugoslavia, when we got talking at some length while going in a small boat to some island. We quickly got on very well as individuals, but also More

APS/Psi Chi Summer Research Grant Winners

In partnership with APS, Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology, offers grants for undergraduates to conduct a summer research project under the direction of an APS member. Winning students receive a $3,500 stipend and a complimentary annual membership to APS. Faculty sponsors receive a $1,500 stipend. Following are More

Monetary Gain and High-Risk Tactics Stimulate Activity in the Brain

Monetary gain stimulates activity in the brain — even the mere possibility of receiving a reward is known to activate an area of the brain called the striatum. A team of Japanese researchers measured striatum activation in volunteers performing a monetary task and found that high-risk/high-gain options  caused higher levels More

Penalties for Student Research Participants Failing to Show Up for Studies?

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees participant protections in all HHS-supported research, announced this past January that federal regulations do not allow the penalization of students who sign up for a research study as part More

A Potential Evolutionary Role for Same-Sex Attraction

What evolutionary value could male homosexuality have, without any discernible reproductive advantage? One possible explanation is the “kin selection hypothesis.” By acting altruistically toward nieces and nephews, homosexual men would perpetuate the family genes, including some of their own. Paul Vasey and Doug VanderLaan of the University of Lethbridge, Canada More

Bilingual Babies: The Roots of Bilingualism in Newborns

According to new findings in Psychological Science, infants born to bilingual mothers exhibit different language preferences than infants born to mothers who speak only one language. Krista Byers-Heinlein and Janet F. Werker from the University of British Columbia along with Tracey Burns of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development More

Learning to Like Foods

In previous columns, we have distinguished between the hard-wired affect associated with taste (especially our love of sweet and salty tastes and dislike of bitter tastes) and the learned affect associated with flavor (i.e., retronasal olfaction). APS Fellow Anthony Sclafani has played a major role in our understanding of the More

APS Members Win Troland Award

APS Members Frank Tong of Vanderbilt University and Michael Kahana of the University of Pennsylvania have each been awarded the 2010 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Science (NAS). This $50,000 prize is awarded annually to two young researchers (under age 40) in recognition of their exceptional achievements More