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Volume 26, Issue3March, 2013
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Volume 26, Issue3March, 2013

Tips for the First-Time Graduate Student Instructor

Each year, thousands of psychology graduate students teach their first college course. Some are fortunate to receive preparation from their departments prior to being given the assignment (Mueller, Perlman, McCann, & McFadden, 1997; Myers & Prieto, 2000). Others are not so fortunate (Golde & Dore, 2001). When assigned to teach More

Anne Treisman Honored With National Medal of Science

APS William James Fellow and past APS Secretary Anne Treisman, professor of psychology at Princeton University, receives the National Medal of Science award from President Barack Obama at The White House on February 1. She was one of 12 researchers to be honored. The National Medal of Science, along with More

Small Investment, Big Returns

President’s Note: Members of APS certainly do not need to be educated on the value of behavioral and social science research — the research our psychological science colleagues have contributed have made this world a better place. In this month’s column, Steven F. Warren, a behavioral scientist who also happens More

Managing the Large(r) Classroom

For most of us who teach in higher education, we entered the field expecting that our jobs were simply to teach information to students who were motivated, cooperative, and able learners. However, recent research suggests that despite the older ages of our students (typically 18 years and older), higher education More

Reflecting on a Lifetime of Achievement

As part of APS’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors is honoring 25 distinguished  scientists who have had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter century. Eight individuals have been selected to receive the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, honoring a lifetime of More

Closing the Science-Practice Gap

This article is part of a series commemorating APS’s 25th anniversary in 2013. The Association for Psychological Science is an organization of which I am proud to be a member, in no small measure because it has played a vital role in narrowing the science-practice gap — the sharp divide More

Geraldine Dawson, Autism Sleuth

Twenty years ago, the average person was probably as acquainted with autism as they were with the Internet, but both have since seen a rapid, profile-raising proliferation. In fact, the exploding prevalence of autism — a greater than tenfold increase in the last 40 years, with current estimates of one More

The Military as Microcosm

The United States military may be a unique institution, but it is also a microcosm of society as a whole — especially when it comes to health care. The treatment of soldiers, their families, and veterans can illustrate how large-scale organizations are able to increase the use of treatments that More

Immigrants or Adolescents?

Adolescent immigrants not only confront normative age-related psychological, social, and biological changes. They also face acculturation-related challenges related to their immigrant status. Disentangling these two sources of intra- and inter-individual variation has become a growing field of research on immigrants (Fuligni, 2001; Michel, Titzmann, & Silbereisen, 2012; Titzmann & Silbereisen More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

C. Nathan DeWall, University of Kentucky, and renowned textbook author and APS Fellow David G. Myers, Hope College, have teamed up to create a new series of Observer columns aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom. Each column will offer advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular More

Learning, Memory, and Synesthesia

Thanks to toys containing magnetic colored letters, psychological scientists Nathan Witthoft and Jonathan Winawer of Stanford University have made some interesting discoveries about the role of learning and memory in synesthesia. People with color-grapheme synesthesia experience color when viewing letters or numerals. Usually, each grapheme evokes a particular color (e.g. More

New Evidence About the Building Blocks of Intelligence

Supplementing young children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to increase intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science by John Protzko, a doctoral student at New York University’s (NYU) More

Brownell Named Dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

APS Fellow Kelly Brownell has been appointed the next dean of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Brownell, a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, has advised the White House, Members of Congress, governors, and world health and nutrition organizations. Brownell is the James More

Measuring Performance of Individuals, Collectives

APS Fellow Randall W. Engle, editor of Current Directions in Psychological Science, is participating in an ongoing project sponsored by the National Academies to map out an agenda for research on measuring human capabilities and performance potential. By taking advantage of modern cognitive psychology and research on the role of More

Interdisciplinarity

For at least a couple of reasons, APS is to be commended for devoting attention, and Observer space, to various issues surrounding interdisciplinary inquiry (Elizabeth Phillips, “Beyond the Department: An Organizational Model for Interdisciplinarity”, Observer, Vol. 26, No. 2 February, 2013). First, such discussion is consistent with, and could be More

Get a Life

For many students, graduate school may be characterized as a highly stressful experience. Indeed, juggling multiple work demands coupled with a less structured work schedule may make the pursuit of professional and personal goals difficult to navigate at times. It is possible, however, for graduate students to be successful — More

Rising Stars

The future looks bright for the field of psychological science. The Observer presents the 2013 class of movers and shakers who are propelling science into new directions. This is the first of a multi-part series, so you can look forward to more stars. Dani Bassett Lisamarie Bensman Kasia M. Bieszczad More