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Volume 28, Issue9November, 2015
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Relief

Scientists Harness the Power of Perception to Control Chronic Pain More

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Grad School Off-Campus

As a nontraditional doctoral student, I have had an unusual graduate experience: I attend classes online while still working full-time and raising three teenagers. I also am older than most graduate students. Because of my situation, I have had to think creatively to tackle my research responsibilities. Below, I outline More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

Edited by C. Nathan DeWall and David G. Myers  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 More

Council of Psychological Science Advisers? It Could Happen…

Advising policymakers on the creation and potential impact of new legislation typically has been the purview of economists — for example, the Council of Economic Advisers provides research-based advice to the President of the United States on domestic and international economic policy. However, much of the theory and research that More

Open Practice Badges in Psychological Science: 18 Months On

In May 2014, an open research practices badge program was launched in Psychological Science. After about a year and a half, the results are promising: At least one out of about every three articles published in Psychological Science is conducted with specific attention to openness and transparency meriting a badge. More

Books to Check Out: November 2015

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both by Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer; Crown Business, September 29, 2015. Memory and Movies: What Films Can Teach Us About Memory by John Seamon; MIT Press, August 7, 2015. More

De Dreu Receives Hendrik Muller Prize

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will award the €25,000 Dr. Hendrik Muller Prize for Behavioral and Social Sciences to APS Fellow Carsten De Dreu during a December 14 ceremony. De Dreu is a professor of psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and affiliated with the More

Massive NIH Effort to Understand Substance Use in Adolescents

APS Fellow BJ Casey of Weill Medical College of Cornell University is among the researchers receiving funding from 13 grants announced by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in September. The grants, which are being distributed to research institutions around the United States, are part of the newly unveiled More

Colorful, abstract and filigree lotus in pink and green

Relief

Scientists Harness the Power of Perception to Control Chronic Pain More

Measuring Pain With a Flash

Psychological scientists have developed a technique called magnitude matching to measure the intensity of experiences, including pain, more accurately. More

Bayes for Beginners 3: The Prior in Probabilistic Inference

In this, the final column in a series on Bayes for Beginners, C. Randy Gallistel explains the role of prior distributions in deciding between competing conclusions that might be drawn from experimental data. For more information, read Bayes for Beginners 1 and Bayes for Beginners 2. As explained in the More

Much Ado About Titles

Throughout the 25-year history of APS’s flagship journal, its contributors have borrowed heavily from literature, film, theater, and popular music to develop compelling titles for their research articles. In this installment of a special series celebrating Psychological Science’s silver anniversary, the Observer presents a sampling of those titles: For Whom More

Rotten Reviews Redux

Thomas H. Carr Michigan State University Two truly great rejections come immediately to mind. The first was the reaction of the editor of a high-level journal to a response I made to two reviews, one of which said the current version of our paper should be rejected but proposed revisions More

Under New Management

From the libidinous characters that pervade cable TV to the sheer volume and variety of impulse-buy-ready goodies in the grocery store checkout aisle, today’s cultural landscape seems to suggest that people fundamentally lack self-control and constantly are giving in to temptation. In reality, though, most adults are fairly skilled at More

The Science of Behavior Change

This year marked the official launch of the next 5-year phase of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program called the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC). Many institutes and centers across the NIH participate in this program, funded by the NIH Common Fund, Office of the NIH Director. By developing More

Lessons Learned From a Life in Science

APS Past President Michael S. Gazzaniga’s illustrious career as a researcher, an intellectual, and an advocate for science has led to his elections to the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and appointment to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Gazzaniga’s groundbreaking investigations examining split-brain patients and More

Cattell Fund Supports Collaborative Research

The 2015–2016 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships have been awarded to Peter C. Gordon, Lori Holt, and Greg Hajcak Proudfit. Presented in partnership with APS, the Fellowships allow recipients to extend their sabbatical periods from one semester to a full year. Cattell, an important figure in American psychology, established the More

Using Psychological Science to Teach Psychological Science

“We are the science of education. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” -APS Fellow Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr., APS David Myers Distinguished Lecture on the Science and Craft of Teaching Psychological Science, 22nd APS Annual Convention In his APS–David Myers Distinguished Lecture at the 2010 APS More

NIDCR ‘Building Bridges’ APS Convention Travel Award

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites APS poster submitters to apply for a travel award to attend the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, USA. These awards are meant to build bridges between two research communities who have More

Cuthbert Named NIMH Acting Director

APS Fellow Bruce Cuthbert has been named acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) following the announcement that the agency’s longtime director, Thomas R. Insel, is stepping down. Among other things, Cuthbert has spearheaded the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project, an NIMH-led initiative to reframe the study More