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Volume 29, Issue5May/June, 2016
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Finding a Home for Your Science

Learn the best places and practices for storing, managing, and sharing your data in this guide to online data repositories. More

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Books To Check Out: May/June 2016

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. Cognitive Unconscious and Human Rationality Edited by Laura Macchi, Maria Bagassi, and Riccardo Viale; MIT Press, March 2016. Circadian Physiology, Third Edition by Roberto Refinetti; CRC Press, April 14, 2016. Emotions and the Body by Beatrice de Gelder; Oxford University Press, February 16, 2016. More

What We Have and Haven’t Learned

In psychological science, as in other sciences, it is difficult to establish broadly consequential conclusions beyond reasonable dispute. It therefore sometimes seems that we make no progress at all; however, when I look back on what we have accomplished over the last half-century in the fields in which I have More

Lilienfeld Named Editor of Clinical Psychological Science

APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Scott O. Lilienfeld has been tapped as the new Editor of Clinical Psychological Science (CPS), succeeding Founding Editor and APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Alan E. Kazdin. Lilienfeld is a professor of psychology at Emory University and an advocate for evidence-based treatments and methods within More

Lindsay Named Editor in Chief of Psychological Science

APS Fellow D. Stephen Lindsay, who has been serving as Interim Editor of Psychological Science since July 2015, has been named Editor in Chief of the APS flagship journal. A professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria, Canada, Lindsay had served as the journal’s Associate Editor More

Sbarra Receives Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Award

Throughout her distinguished 30-year career, Past APS Board Member Varda Shoham was deeply involved in improving the training for the next generation of clinical scientists. When Shoham passed away in 2014 after a 4-year battle with cancer, clinical psychological science lost an outstanding investigator, teacher, and policy leader. In her More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current More

Mixed Methods Research

Traditionally, there are three branches of methodology: quantitative (numeric data), qualitative (observational or interview data), and mixed methods (using both types of data). Psychology relies heavily on quantitative-based data analyses but could benefit from incorporating the advantages of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies into one cohesive framework. Mixed Methods (MM) More

The Academic Time-Share

Employment practices at US colleges and universities continue to evolve as administrators step up efforts to recruit full-time, multidepartment faculty. These appointments are distinct from “joint research,” “joint teaching,” or “courtesy” appointments in that multidepartment faculty typically divide their time proportionately across a specific set of departments (or academic units) More

Ellen Langer to be Honored at Liberty Science Center Genius Gala

APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Ellen Langer is among four leading figures in science and technology being honored on May 20th at the Liberty Science Center Genius Gala, an annual celebration of science and creativity. The recipient of four distinguished scientist awards and a Guggenheim Fellowship joins world-renowned architect Frank More

Brain Reconciles Sight and Sound in Different Ways

A new study from psychology researchers at UCLA provides insights into how the brain combines sound and vision. The research suggests that there is not one sole mechanism in the brain that governs how much our senses work together to process information. Among the implications of the study: It might More

Statistics Organization Speaks Out on P-Values

As psychological scientists continue efforts to improve statistical and methodological practices, they can turn to a new resource for guidance. The American Statistical Association (ASA) has released a new statement on the use of p-values in science. The statement suggests researchers should be wary of statistical claims based on p-values More

Self-Driving Cars Need Social Skills

Eye contact is enormously important in human communication, particularly in driving. Psychological research shows what can happen when autonomous vehicle technology replaces that interaction. More