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Volume 22, Issue5May/June, 2009

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Recalling Psychology’s Past: The Memory Drum

In 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) published Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology. The work has stood the test of time and earned Ebbinghaus a place of distinction in the study of memory. In order to study memory free from the effects of prior learning, Ebbinghaus constructed his now famous “nonsense More

The National Cancer Institute: A Hub for Psychological and Behavioral Sciences

Psychology and other behavioral sciences have long helped address important social issues. Health — specifically cancer — is no exception. Psychological research elucidates the way in which people make health decisions, the effects of stress and other psychosocial factors on the development of disease, and the role that communication plays More

Crossing Boundaries: The Growing Enterprise of Interdisciplinary Research

Anyone who followed this past election season — and, considering the voter turnout records, that’s pretty much everyone — no doubt grew familiar with, and likely a bit tired of, each candidate’s avowed mission of “reaching across the aisle.” Almost immediately upon winning the presidency, Barack Obama set out to More

Playing God

The annals of academic hubris have recently been enriched by a renowned Harvard psychiatrist, who, upon being asked to identify the next rank above his full professorship, replied: “God.” An arrogant wisecrack? Yes. But this pecking-order assertion merits notice for the explanatory light it sheds on an old and stubborn More

Cattell Sabbatical Awardee Announced

James McKeen Cattell was one of the foremost pioneers of psychological science, striving throughout his career to establish psychology as an experimental science through the use of statistical methods and quantification of data. In 1921, Cattell was instrumental in the establishment of the Psychological Corporation, and, in 1942, he donated More

Hey, You’re Wearing Me Out!

I used to jog a fair bit, and when I did I loved having a regular running partner. It’s not that I’m undisciplined, but his company nudged me to run just a bit farther or faster than I might on my own. And some days it worked the other way. More

Observations

What I Was Doing Versus What I Did If you want to perform at your peak, you should carefully consider how you discuss your past actions. In a new study in Psychological Science, William Hart of the University of Florida and Dolores Albarraca­n from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign More

On the Future of APS Journals

In these Presidential Columns, from September 2008 to January 2009, I discussed the implicit understandings and misunderstandings — the urban legends of our field — about our roles in the publication process as researchers, contributors, reviewers, and editors. I looked at how these legends may influence what we do, sometimes More

2009 Student Research Award Winners

Please join APSSC in congratulating the winners of this year’s research award competition, who will be speaking at the upcoming APS 21st Annual Convention in San Francisco. We would like to thank all of the students who submitted entries, and those who volunteered their time as reviewers. Erin Maloney Erin More

Rising Stars

In case there was any doubt, the future of psychological science is in good hands. We present another installment of “Rising Stars,” the series profiling exemplars of today’s young psychological researchers. Here we profile international scholars who, although they may not be advanced in years, have already made great advancements More

Ethics in the Introduction to Psychology Course

The introductory psychology course is usually the students’ first formal introduction to the field, and for some it is the only formal academic view of psychology they will ever have. As students start to structure their lives and prepare for a career, faculty should begin to instill into their minds More