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Volume 24, Issue9November, 2011

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Recovering The Moral Dimension

Barry Schwartz’s early research focused on trying to prove that B.F. Skinner’s models of human nature were wrong. But conversations with political scientists and philosophers at Swarthmore College made Schwartz, who is a professor in the psychology department at Swarthmore, realize that the behaviorist models he was studying shared many More

Rising Stars

Ehsan Arabzadeh Joshua Correll Lisa DeBruine Hal E. Hershfield Karen Gonsalkorale Yong He Aarti Iyer Wendy Johnson Jeffrey D. Karpicke Katherine Kinzler Joe Magee Betsy Levy Paluck Angelica Ronald Susanne Scheibe Ehsan Arabzadeh University of New South Wales, Australia http://www2.psy.unsw.edu.au/Users/earabzadeh/ What does your research focus on? A principal challenge of More

Remembering William K. Estes

Our friend, mentor, and colleague, Bill Estes, died quietly at the age of 92. His health had declined steadily in the last three months since his wife of almost 70 years, Kay, died in May. Since then he had spoken repeatedly of wanting to join her. As per his wishes More

The Value(s) of IRBs

Let me say at the onset that institutional review boards (IRBs) serve an important role and generally do a pretty good job at it. To be sure, everyone engaged in research has their IRB stories, such as being told that their recruitment poster must put the payment amount in smaller More

Neuroscience and the Law

A few minutes into his talk at the APS 23rd Annual Convention, APS Past President Michael Gazzaniga, now a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, clicked to a slide titled “Role of Neuroscience in the Law.” Then he revealed a bullet point that read: “It is More

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J. Frank Yates and a Decision-Making Theory for the Real World

Early in his teaching career, one of J. Frank Yates’ students approached him for help with applying decision theory to her own real-life conundrum: Should she have an Indian marriage or an American marriage? At the time, Yates was perplexed. Decision theory was all but silent on the topic of More

Twitter Q&A on Rebooting Psychotherapy

In the January 2011 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, Yale University psychological scientists Alan Kazdin and Stacey Blase have called for drastic changes to the approach for treating mental illness in the United States. Comments to this article were published in the September issue of Perspectives. APS asked our More

APS Fellow Selected to Deliver Prestigious Lectures

APS Fellow Bruce Hood has been selected to present the 2011 Royal Institution of Great Britain Christmas Lectures. Hood will deliver a series of lectures called “Meet Your Brain” in which he will explain how the external world is represented in different parts of the brain, the role of executive More

Elizabeth Hall’s 1974 Interview with Niko Tinbergen

This is an excellent interview. In a relatively short space, Elizabeth Hall succeeded in capturing much of Niko Tinbergen’s oeuvre and personality. It is notable that the interview occurred at a propitious time — shortly after the announcement of Tinbergen’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. More than 35 years More

In Appreciation: Bartley G. Hoebel (1935-2011)

APS Fellow and Charter Member Bartley Hoebel passed away due to cancer on June 11, 2011. Hoebel was best known for his research on food addiction, especially for his work showing that sugar can be an addictive substance. Bartley (Bart) Gore Hoebel was born on May 29, 1935 and spent More

Teaching in Graduate School: Another Avenue for Research

In a recent Student Notebook article, Simpson and Varga (2011) stated, “As graduate students, we are indoctrinated to value those three little words: research, teaching, and service”. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine two of those areas in a “two birds, one stone” kind of way? Actually, you More

Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring the Non-Traditional Graduate Student

Although university classrooms are traditionally populated by recent high school graduates and their peers, the number of non-traditional students entering college has increased in recent years. As changing technology and economic fluctuations affect the job market, many people are returning to school, both undergraduate and graduate, in pursuit of advanced More

Champions of Psychology: Dante Cicchetti

APS Fellow Dante Cicchetti is Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Cicchetti has received numerous awards for his work in developmental science as well as his work on policy and practice related to child maltreatment, depression, and mental retardation. In More

From the Lab to The Courtroom

The law deals fundamentally with human behavior. It deals with choices people make — to do right or wrong, to lie or tell the truth. It deals with perceptions and memories — what color shirt was the mugger wearing? It deals with decision making — should I vote guilty or More