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Volume 29, Issue9November, 2016
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Science on the Wild Side

Hyenas and reptiles and seals, oh my! Psychological researchers increasingly are turning to creatures in the wild to better understand the evolution and mechanisms of human cognition and behavior. More

So you think you want to be a psychological scientist? Well, the first step is applying to graduate school — a long, but exciting, process! To be a competitive applicant, you’ll want to have been involved in research, which is the reason many people pursue graduate school in the first More

Throughout their lives, women’s risk for various mental health problems fluctuates along with reproductive changes. A special series in the September issue of Clinical Psychological Science addresses these intersecting issues directly, presenting a collection of research articles that takes a multilevel, integrative view of women’s mental health in the context More

Efforts to promote replication, preregistration, and new analytic approaches now represent just some of the advances psychological scientists have been making toward improving research practices in the field. With the recognition that long-accepted research practices have certain inherent problems comes the question: What now? As the field tries to answer More

Evidence-based behavioral strategies are being used to combat everything from tax delinquency to unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. Reports from the US Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team showcase the latest applications of behavioral science in public policymaking. More

Psychological scientists Eric-Jan Wagenmakers and Gilles Dutilh present an illustrated guide to the career benefits of submitting your research plans before beginning your data collection. More

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APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Phoebe C. Ellsworth discusses the challenges of conducting unbiased research while advocating for social change. More

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With the help of a grant from the APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, researchers in Argentina have developed an app that helps professors design experiments around the psychological theories they’re teaching to their students. More