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121999Volume 12, Issue3March 1999

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The Observer is the online magazine of the Association for Psychological Science and covers matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology. The magazine reports on issues of interest to psychologist scientists worldwide and disseminates information about the activities, policies, and scientific values of APS.

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    My fellow coffee drinkers at Tully 's, the morning establishment that I frequent, can attest to the profound irritation I felt upon hearing the news that the American Medical Association dismissed the longtime editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The editor had just published a study on the attitudes of U.S. college students towards sex. In this survey of 599 students, 60 percent said that oral sex did not constitute "having sex." It was probably natural for people to associate this finding with the controversy surrounding President Clinton, although the authors of the study, both PhDs with a connection to APS, made only minimal reference to that controversy.


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