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Volume 22, Issue8October, 2009

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Observations

PSPI Article Wins Miller Award The Psychological Science in the Public Interest report “The Science of Sex Differences in Science and Mathematics” (Vol. 8, No. 1) has been awarded the 2009 George A. Miller Award for Outstanding Recent Article in General Psychology by The Society for General Psychology. Congratulations to More

Authorship Battles: An Outsider’s View

Ubel She had worked long and hard analyzing the data, drafting and re-drafting the manuscript, all the while receiving insightful help from her adviser. She did 90 percent of the work, but her mentor provided crucial guidance. It was a good partnership. Then, on the final draft of the paper More

Artificial Sweeteners: Outwitting the Wisdom of the Body?

Obesity, with its correlations to heart disease, diabetes and a multitude of other health problems, is one of our largest public health concerns. It also has a very large behavioral basis. As psychologists, how can we contribute to getting people to eat healthier and exercise more? Behavioral researchers are working More

Yale Convocation Celebrates 80 Years of Psi Chi

Attendees at the convocation celebrating 80 years since the Ninth International Congress of Psychology and the founding of Psi Chi in 1929. On September 4, 2009, over 50 faculty and students converged on the stately Presidents Room of Yale University for a convocation to mark “80 years of excellence” since More

The Cattell Fund: ‘An Amazing Gift to the Field of Psychology’

The James McKeen Cattell Fund has supported “the science and the application of psychology” since its establishment in 1942. APS shares these goals and for the last several years has partnered with the Fund in support of the Supplemental Sabbatical Awards, a program that provides financial support for academic psychologists More

On the Newsstand

Why Do Some People Ignore Evacuation Orders? Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2009 The recent wildfires and ensuing evacuation orders raise the touchy question of why some people refuse to leave their homes and risk their lives. Do they have a death wish? Long for a little excitement? Were they More

‘An Unconscionable Embarrassment’

A century ago, American medicine was an unregulated and unscientific craft, with little research to support its practice. In 1910, The Flexner Report, published by early 20th century educator Abraham Flexner, under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, exposed the sorry state of medical practice More

Giving Darwin His Due

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin was published in 1872, a year after The Descent of Man. It is, without a doubt, a brilliant book, forecasting many of the fundamentals of not just facial expression but emotion itself. It is the first, pioneering study More

Federal Perspectives on Research and Human Subjects Protection

Menikoff Jerry Menikoff is Director of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP leads the department’s efforts to ensure the protection of the rights, welfare, and well-being of subjects involving in research conducted or supported by HHS. Menikoff previously More

Universal Social Cognition

Susan Fiske delivers her William James Fellow Award Address. “Psychologists have an insatiable tendency to look for commonalities in the human condition” said Princeton University’s Susan T. Fiske in her 2009 APS William James Fellow Award Address. As Fiske, who is a Past President of APS, noted, many of psychology’s More

But I Really Tried!

“But I really tried!” is a refrain teachers often hear from students who do not get the grades they feel they deserve. Growing up, our students heard that hard work leads to positive outcomes and that they can be anything they want to be. As such, our students often see More

Navigating the Potential Pitfalls of Online Visibility

“What am I going to do with these gold lamé booty shorts?” When this  booty-related status message popped up under a student’s name in my Gmail* chat window, I felt unintentionally voyeuristic. Gmail is a program that likes to automate processes. Anyone you email frequently (e.g., your advisor, that student More