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Volume 23, Issue8October, 2010

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Heuristics Revealed

On February 12, 1995, a party of three seasoned backcountry skiers set out for a day on the pristine slopes of Utah’s Wasatch Mountain Range. Steve Carruthers, 37 years old, was the most experienced of the group, though they were all skilled skiers and mountaineers. Carruthers had skied these hills More

Why We Like What We Like

  Paul Bloom’s How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like provides a wonderful set of arguments for why we love what we love. In my own work I was struck that children seem to have automatic preferences toward social groups that mimic the adult More

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Mischel Honored by Hebrew University of Jerusalem

APS Past President Walter Mischel is the first psychological scientist in 70 years to receive an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The university noted that the degree was awarded “… to acknowledge [Mischel’s] outstanding scientific contributions in the fields of cognitive, social and personality psychology. [His] pioneering More

Phantom Limbs More Common Than Previously Thought

After the loss of a limb, most patients experience the feeling of a phantom limb — the vivid illusion that the amputated arm or leg is still present. Damage to the nervous system, such as stroke, may cause similar illusions in weakened limbs, whereby an arm or leg may feel More

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The Grand Challenge for Psychology

On the way home from the 14th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) held in Toronto this past summer, I wondered how it can be the case today that we continue to think inside rather than outside of the box. The ASSC meetings, just More

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Remembering Fredda Blanchard-Fields

Fredda Blanchard-Fields, APS Fellow and Charter Member and Chair of the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech, died August 3, 2010. She was 61. As director of the Adult Development Laboratory at Georgia Tech, Blanchard-Fields researched everyday social-cognitive processes, from adolescence to older adulthood. Recognizing that a great deal of More

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Psychological Science Takes Off In Brazil

According to dictionaries, optimism is a willingness to face things on their bright side. Even more, it is a tendency to expect a favorable ending, even in clearly unfavorable situations. Some friends say I’m optimistic. Those that are not so friendly call me naïve. Of course, I prefer to agree More

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Scott O. Lilienfeld

Emory University Scott Lilienfeld received his BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1986-1987. He was assistant professor in the Department More

What We Didn’t Learn in Graduate School

After an exhausting and protracted application and interview process, I (the Fergusson half of the author team) had been matched to an outstanding predoctoral internship with supportive faculty, outstanding clinical experience, and many opportunities for professional development. I could finally take a long sigh of relief. Yet despite my ever-growing More