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Volume 26, Issue9November, 2013

C. Nathan DeWall, University of Kentucky, and renowned textbook author and APS Fellow David G. Myers, Hope College, have teamed up to create a series of Observer columns aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom. Each column will offer advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area More

Spending the summer months garnering external lab experience as an intern or research assistant can be a valuable undertaking for undergraduates in pursuit of graduate school admission. Especially for students from smaller colleges and universities, this can be an advantageous way to spend the summer — particularly because smaller schools More

APS Past President Kay Deaux, City University of New York Graduate Center (emeritus) and New York University (visiting scholar), and APS Fellow Hazel Rose Markus, Stanford University, will each receive the 2013 Award for Service on Behalf of Personality and Social Psychology in February 2014 at the annual meeting of More

Congratulations to 23 APS members who are 2013 Society for Personality and Social Psychology award recipients. The following scientists will be honored at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology to take place February 13–15, 2014, in Austin, Texas: APS Fellow Robert R. McCrae, National More

Countless professionals spend their workdays facing performance anxiety, low motivation, poor management, and burnout. Others utilize optimism, enthusiasm, and energy to reap success. Psychological scientists have amassed decades’ worth of research on these traits and behaviors, and on what factors foster an optimal work environment. Now, APS has launched Minds More

APS Fellow Richard Foxx has received the 2013 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research from the American Psychological Association. Foxx is a professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State Harrisburg and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is widely recognized for More

Throughout history, scientists have found themselves the subject of scorn, slander, ridicule and even violence when their discoveries have failed to mesh with authoritative doctrine or public sentiments. When an ancient Muslim cleric was offended by Persian doctor Rhazes’s book on medicine, he had the man beaten with his own More

My guest columnists this month are two early career scientists, Jay J. Van Bavel and David G. Rand, with interesting ideas about how to utilize new technology to advance psychological science. Their “call to action” suggests a way we can all get involved to enhance our research capabilities and the More

Funding Available for Labs in RRR Initiative In this era of tight research budgets and increasingly pricey data collection and analysis methods, cost may be a concern for researchers interested in participating in a replication. With this in mind, APS is excited to announce a fund dedicated to providing support More

Initiatives launching at Psychological Science in 2014 have the potential for far-reaching effects on authors, readers, and science as a whole. The Academic Observer sat down with Editor in Chief Eric Eich to talk about his experience with the journal so far and the exciting new changes ahead.   Henry More

As part of APS’s 25th anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors is honoring 25 distinguished scientists who have had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter-century. Eight individuals have been selected to receive the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, honoring a lifetime of significant More

Annual Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology The 18th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP) was held August 29–September 1 in Budapest. The meeting featured a joint APS/ESCoP preconference symposium, “Building a Better Psychological Science: Good Data Practices and Replicability.” Leading experts discussed the More

This article is part of a series commemorating APS’s 25th anniversary in 2013. Psychological science has experienced an unprecedented period of growth and advancement during the last 25 years. Since APS was formed in 1988, many disciplines within the field have flourished and expanded. And entire new sub-disciplines, areas of More

Eyewitness testimony, vehicle safety, economics, and aptitude testing are just a few of the domains that have been revolutionized by psychological research — but few lay people even know it. “I think we take those applications for granted because we know about them, but they’ve often receded into the woodwork More

Herbert L. Pick, Jr., professor at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, scholar of perceptual development and perception, and bicyclist, sailor, and snowshoer extraordinaire, passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2012, two weeks after a Festschrift was held in his honor in Minneapolis at the International Conference on More

There are many challenges that university faculty, especially junior faculty, face on the job that keep them from doing their very best creative scholarly work — the work that lured us into this career in the first place. I focus on four facets of academic life: inspiration, motivation, attitude, and More

Why do some people feel such hostility toward scientists? Psychological scientists have identified a key reason — lack of trust. People put faith in others with whom they find commonality, says APS Past President Susan T. Fiske of Princeton University, and that’s something that scientists have tended to neglect. Fiske More

Science denial kills. More than 300,000 South Africans died needlessly in the early 2000s because the government of President Mbeki preferred to treat AIDS with garlic and beetroot rather than antiretroviral drugs (Chigwedere, Seage, Gruskin, Lee, & Essex,2008). The premature death toll from tobacco is staggering and historians have shown More

Vascular risk factors are receiving increasing attention in research investigating the development of cognitive decline and dementia. As researcher Matthew Pase and colleagues note in a new article in Psychological Science, “the importance of vascular risk factors in the development of cognitive decline and dementia is becoming increasingly apparent, with More

Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) now holds bragging rights to the world’s largest anatomically correct sculpture of a human brain. The sculpture made its public debut during the festivities that celebrated another set of bragging rights held by IUB: The university’s psychology department celebrated its 125th anniversary this month, making it More

It’s well-known that people who are taller and attractive are more likely to garner managerial positions than people of shorter or average stature and appearance. But new research suggests that, at least in some societies, a surname could determine whether you have the proverbial corner office or a cubicle. A More

A talk by APS Past President Elizabeth Loftus, University of California, Irvine, has become an overnight sensation among TED viewers, garnering over 300,000 views in the first week it was available online. In this talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013, Loftus explores the “fiction of memory,” illustrating the malleability of what More

The numerals 2 and 5 are magic numbers for APS this year. Not only is the association marking its 25th birthday, and nearing a membership count of 25,000, but we’ve just surpassed 25,000 followers on Twitter. Our followers represent a mix of scientists, students, writers, businesspeople, teachers, and more, reflecting More

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named University of Pennsylvania scientist and APS member Angela Lee Duckworth a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She is among 24 MacArthur Fellows chosen this year for exceptional creativity as well as “a track record of achievement and the potential for even more More