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Volume 17, Issue10October, 2004

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Non-Human Nature

By Duane M. Rumbaugh and David A. Washburn Yale University Press, 2003 Intelligence of Apes and Other Rational Beings By Duane M. Rumbaugh and David A. Washburn Yale University Press, 2003 Intelligence, creativity, and complex learning in non-human animals have concerned psychologists and others throughout the history of psychology and More

The Importance of Introductory Psychology Courses

When I started researching colleges during my last months of high school, I thought psychology was simply something that involved a notepad and a couch. But by March of my first year of college, I went into my advisor’s office and officially became a psychology major. The biggest motivation for More

News

Benbow Receives Mensa Lifetime Award Benbow APS Fellow Camilla Benbow, Vanderbilt University, is the recipient of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. MERF president Greg Timmers made a surprise visit to give Benbow – an unknowing recipient – the award. Benbow’s mentor, APS Fellow Julian Stanley More

Great Dissertations: Mark I

A year ago in the Observer, I wrote a column on “Dissertation Dilemmas” which focused on varying perspectives on the dissertation. In some scholars’ views, the dissertation should represent a grand intellectual achievement, whereas in other conceptions it is simply a modest hoop through which a student jumps to satisfy More

Fatal Attraction

In the Wake of 9/11 The Psychology of Terror By Tom Pyszczynski, Sheldon Solomon, and Jeff Greenberg “Republican leaders said yesterday that they would repeatedly remind the nation of the Sept. 11 attacks as their convention opens in New York City today … “ (The New York Times, August 30 More

Global Impact: How International Collaborations Strengthen Science

Peter Glick didn’t expect his unassuming Ambivalent Sexism Inventory to become an international sensation. But soon after he published the questionnaire in 1995 (with APS Past President Susan Fiske), researchers from Botswana to Taiwan were knocking on his door with ideas for joint projects. Glick started small, sketching out ideas More

Living and Learning: Splitting Time Between Studying and Making Memories

The Fulbright Program provides grants for students, scholars, professionals, and teachers to travel and study around the world. Sponsored by the US government, the program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Following are the first in a series More

Home Sweet Home?

The Fulbright Program provides grants for students, scholars, professionals, and teachers to travel and study around the world. Sponsored by the US government, the program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Following are the first in a series More

In Appreciation: Leo Joseph Postman

Organized by Ruth H. Maki Texas Tech University Postman Leo Joseph Postman, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, died on April 22, 2004, of heart failure at his home in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 85. Postman was a dominant figure in the study of human memory. More

Letters

Overreaching? The real question: Why are some kids more affected by media violence than others? IT WOULD HAVE BEEN helpful if the writer had provided some statistics for the conclusions presented in the Influence of Media Violence on Youth section of the story “In the Public Interest” [Observer, August 2004]. More

Peace in the Middle East May Be Impossible

16th Annual Convention William James Fellow Award Address Lee D. Ross presents his William James Fellow Award Address at the APS Annual Convention. “[Social scientists] haven’t gone as far as we should go in proving that our research is useful,” Ross said. Ever notice that when you’re driving you hate More

Patients and Impatience: A Call to the Best and the Brightest

The recent proposal by the National Institute of Mental Health, or NIMH, to redirect a portion of its extramural research investment away from basic behavioral and social science research into research that more directly addresses issues of direct relevance to mental health and illness has created shockwaves for psychological science. More

Brave New World … Wide Web

Have you ever thought students in your course were listening to what you say, yet barely communicate with you? Have you ever wanted to provide a large number of documents and information to your students without using the copy machine? Have you ever had the intention to guide students to More