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Volume 16, Issue10October, 2003

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Psychologists in Non-Traditional Academic Departments

Psychology in a Community-Based Medical School By Glen Aylward A community based medical school uses private hospitals for its clinical work and teaching, while a normal medical school would have a university-owned facility. As a result, community schools are more practice-oriented and less research-driven. I would like to address the More

Writing Grant Proposals

As a follow up to “Applying for Research Grants” [Observer, September 2003], this article describes general elements of each section of a grant proposal. Keep in mind the content and organization of proposals will vary by granting agencies. Abstract The abstract is one of the most important parts of your More

King’s College London – Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

The Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, one of the world’s top psychological research institutions, is trying to bridge the gap between ‘nature’ (genetics) and ‘nurture’ (environment) as they interact in the development of behavioral dimensions and disorders. The Centre is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together experts from diverse disciplines, such More

New Psychological Science Associate Editor Peter C. Gordon

Peter C. Gordon, director of the graduate program in cognitive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named Associate Editor of Psychological Science. Gordon plans to continue the PS tradition of publishing commendable, timely research on a diverse array of topics. “PS is a great More

Jones Named IPAT President

APS Charter Member John “Jack” Jones has accepted the position of President at the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, an assessment and interpretive report company known for revolutionizing questionnaire format. “Jack brings extensive professional experience to IPAT, in both management and service delivery,” said Robert McHenry, controlling shareholder of More

Remembering Meehl; ‘Overkill’ by IRBs

Remembering Meehl Tom Nelson Adrian College I was saddened to read about the death of Professor Paul Meehl [Observer, July 2003]. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota in the mid 1960s, I took his clinical psychology class. Even though it has been almost 40 years, I still remember More

The Origin of One

It is an ability we take for granted every day. We see one apple, we think one apple. We see a dozen roses, we think 12 roses. We dream of an ice cream cone piled high with each of the 31 flavors. It is easy to assume that our ability More

Preserving the Spirit and Respect of Academia Through Traditions

Through degree ceremonies, academics reach each other and the public. I was fortunate to receive an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland along with 11 other people from various countries and disciplines (10 other academics and a musical composer). The degree conferment ceremony, which took place More

NINDS Researches Social Decision-Making

Imagine politicians using functional magnetic resonance imaging in focus groups to plot their campaigns and craft their messages. Or the marketers of everything from candy to Cadillacs using it to package and promote their goods. That’s not exactly what Jordan Grafman is striving for as chief of the Cognitive Neuroscience More

Scientists in the Service

Psychological Science Onboard a Submarine By Jeff Dyche I didn’t join the Navy to become a psychologist. I don’t know anyone who has. Most people join the armed services to learn a skill or trade, or to obtain a higher academic degree, knowing the military will cover the costs to More

Senators Support Behavioral Research at NIGMS

When NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences was created in 1962, Congress specifically mandated the institute to support basic behavioral science. Forty years later, the Institute commits no funds to such research. For the past several years, in a recurring scenario reminiscent of the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which More

APS Leaders Are On Board with CAPS

Current and past officers of APS are talking the talk and walking the walk when it comes to APS’s Campaign for Advancing Psychological Science (CAPS). As citizens of psychological science they already give their time, overseeing the Society; now they are also leading by example in APS’s new fund raising More

Prentice Hall to Publish APS Readers

The American Psychological Society is pleased to announce a partnership with Prentice Hall to publish a series of Readers using articles from the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. The Readers will accompany Prentice Hall’s psychology textbooks. Consistently ranked among the top psychology journals for impact on the field More

Understanding Emotion in Abused Children

Under the iron-fisted rule of Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanian families in the 1980s were pressured by the dictator’s social engineering policies to have more children than they could afford. As a result, thousands wound up in “orphanages” – more like child warehouses or prisons – confined to cribs with minimal speech More

Dissertation Dilemmas

Everyone with a PhD must have thought long and hard about how to conduct dissertation research. Everyone currently in graduate school must contemplate the same topic. Those two groups include virtually everyone reading the Observer. In my own case, conceiving, proposing, conducting, presenting, writing, defending, and publishing my dissertation consumed More

The Final Exam

“Hey Pops, you want to help me study for my Algebra final?” asked my son. I replied, “Sure thing, we’ve been working together all semester, so why stop now? Did your teacher hand out a review sheet?” “Yeah, take a look at this practice test we got today.” “So what’s More