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Volume 27, Issue9November, 2014
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The Long and the Short of It

Psychological scientists have uncovered an alarming link between chronic stress and cellular aging. The length of our telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes, may foretell health risks. More

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Volume 27, Issue9November, 2014

Periodic Recertification: Vanquishing the Zombie Theory

The scientific record has been exploding for some time, and there is nothing that will stop that explosion. And why should there be? It is a great thing for smart people to expand the boundaries of knowledge. But smart people also make mistakes. To explain what I mean, I have More

Books to Check Out: November 2014

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. A Cognitive Psychology of Mass Communication by Richard Jackson Harris and Fred W. Sanborn; Taylor & Francis, 2014. Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg; Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 9, 2014. The Upside of Your Dark More

Neural Evidence for an Internal ‘Calorie Counter’

As you peruse the shelves in a supermarket, you may be thinking about each food’s taste and nutritional value, or you may be trying to decide what you’re in the mood for. A new neuroimaging study published in Psychological Science and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research suggests More

A picture of chromosomes with the telomeres highly visible.

The Long and the Short of It

Psychological scientists have uncovered an alarming link between chronic stress and cellular aging. The length of our telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes, may foretell health risks. More

Ten Tips for Developing a Programmatic Line of Research

“My research is about…” Many graduate students finish this sentence with a long, awkward pause and a deep sigh, followed by the admission that they have done a number of unrelated studies in order to fulfill their program requirements. However, as APS Past President Henry L. Roediger, III, wrote in More

Academic Leadership

Over the years, I have been surprised by the number of my friends or acquaintances in psychology who have become deans, provosts, and even university presidents. One of those individuals is Peter Salovey, whom I have known since I was a young faculty member and he was an undergraduate student More

Stepping Into the Mix

I was introduced to interdisciplinary research during my very first lab meeting in graduate school in 1991. Judith Rodin, my first advisor, was leading a MacArthur Foundation network on Health-Promoting and Health-Damaging Behaviors, including the role of stress. The network included diverse and broad thinkers such as neuroscientist Bruce McEwen More

Experiments in the Dilemma Zone

Yellow traffic lights pose one of the more dangerous obstacles that people encounter on the road. When a signal changes from green to yellow, drivers have to make quick decisions without much information. And statistics show that their decisions are often tragically poor: In 2012, for example, the National Highway More

A Multilevel Perspective on Child Maltreatment

For children, the effects of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, and of physical neglect, continue long after the maltreatment ends. Over the past 35 years, Dante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, has examined More

Developing and Piloting a Psychology of Social Media Course

In her 2012 TED talk Connected, but Alone?, psychological scientist Sherry Turkle said, “We’re smitten with technology. And we’re afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it’s time to talk.” How do we, as educators of psychological science, get this conversation started for our More

A Blueprint for Thoughtful Clinical Research

We found ourselves, like many other psychology research labs, intrigued and excited to talk about Kurt Gray and Daniel M. Wegner’s “Six Guidelines for Interesting Research,” published in the Fall 2013 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science. A simple summary could not do justice to the humor and insight this More

Psychological Science Submission Guidelines Updates and Additions

While many of us spent the summer catching rays on the beach or hanging out on the couch, the editors of Psychological Science were hard at work updating the journal’s submission guidelines. Some of the changes affect the reporting of statistics and fMRI data. The journal now requests that authors 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

McClelland Receives Heineken Prize

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) presented the $200,000 C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences to James L. (“Jay”) McClelland on October 2, 2014, in Amsterdam. McClelland is Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation at More

Seligman Named Recipient of Inaugural TANG Prize

Martin E. P. Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the recipient of the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. The prize, awarded by the TANG Foundation in Toronto, Canada, was created to honor a More