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Volume 24, Issue8October, 2011

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Online Exclusive: The Obedience Experiments at 50

This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of Stanley Milgram’s groundbreaking experiments on obedience to destructive orders — the most famous, controversial and, arguably, most important psychological research of our times. To commemorate this milestone, in this article I present the key elements comprising the legacy of those More

Research on Hearing Communication and Health Gets Center Stage at NIDCD

Behavioral Research at NIDCD by William Yost Examples of Funding for Behavioral Science Research at NIDCD Harnessing the Human Factor in Hearing Assistance by David G. Myers Addressing the ‘Cultural Inertia’ by Caroline M. Kobek Pezzarossi Behavioral Research at NIDCD NIDCD supports hearing, communication, and health research in multiple disciplines More

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Imagining Eating Can Reduce How Much We Eat

It’s Halloween and your kid has returned from trick-or-treating with a haul of epic proportions. You have a sweet tooth that is hard to deny. How can you fend off your inner candy glutton? Although we might believe that focusing on a food only will only make us crave it More

Remembrance: G. Alan Marlatt

APS Fellow and Charter Member G. Alan Marlatt died on March 14, 2011 at the age of 69. Marlatt was a professor of psychology at the University of Washington where he founded and directed the Addictive Behaviors Research Center. Marlatt earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of More

Fighting Germs With More Than White Blood Cells

The month of October brings many things: turning leaves, crisp autumn air, Halloween…and the beginning of the cold and flu season. While the human body has developed remarkable defenses against these insidious infections, it turns out our defenses are more than just physiological. APS Fellow Mark Schaller, a professor of More

Psychology (Yesterday and) Today: Evelyn Hooker

In the 1950s, when McCarthyism was at its height and suspected homosexuals were being purged from government employment, Evelyn Hooker had the insight and courage to scientifically test the then-prevalent assumption that homosexuality was indicative of pathology. As she explained in her 1975 Psychology Today interview with Paul Chance, she More

Nock Receives McArthur ‘Genius Award’ Fellowship

Matthew Nock of Harvard University was awarded the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship for his research on suicide and self-injury among adolescents and adults. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death and the third leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States. Nock, a leader in the More


Emotion-Related Self-Regulation

If you’re watching a horror movie and it gets too scary, there’s an easy way to deal with it: Cover your eyes. It’s an example of how to regulate your emotions. In her Award Address at the APS 23rd Annual Convention, Nancy Eisenberg, of Arizona State University, talked about how More

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Letter to the Editor: Identity Shift

I read the well-researched September 2011 Observer cover story “Identity Shift,” with decidedly mixed feelings. On the one hand, I appreciate the fact that some psychology departments are changing their names (e.g., to “Department of Psychological Science”) to underscore their commitment to a scientific approach to behavior. I have no More

What Keeps Adults Well?

The puzzle of human well-being has occupied scientists for centuries. How do we define well-being? What factors contribute to it? How does it change over the lifespan? And, most importantly, what can we do to maximize it? Today, large survey studies are allowing researchers to delve deep into these very More


Wikipedia Entries

In the spring of 2009, I first assigned students in my graduate research methods class to either write a new Wikipedia entry or revise an existing one. My rationale was, like it or not, many use Wikipedia for psychology information. In a search, it is often the entry that comes More

Eating To Fit Into Your Genes

When was the last time you thought about what you eat? Although we rarely stop to think about our food, our dietary choices significantly influence our health, which is a necessary component of proper function in graduate school. When classes are in session, stress levels are high, hours of sleep More

Rising Stars

In case there was any doubt, the future of psychological science is in good hands. In its continuing series, the Observer presents more Rising Stars, exemplars of today’s young psychological scientists. Although they may not be advanced in years, they are already making great advancements in science. Modupe Akinola Steve More

The Case of the Invisible Experimenter(s)

When our story left off last month, we had considered three cases of classic field studies: (1) the Festinger, Riecken, and Schachter (1956) “When Prophecy Fails” study of cognitive dissonance, where Festinger et al. joined a group that was expecting the world to end in a flood on December 21 More

The Complicated Psychology of Revenge

A few years ago a group of Swiss researchers scanned the brains of people who had been wronged during an economic exchange game. These people had trusted their partners to split a pot of money with them, only to find that the partners had chosen to keep the loot for More

In His Own Words

Interview with Eric Eich Psychological Science Editorial Policy Interview with Eric Eich Eric Eich (pronounced IKE) received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Toronto in 1979, under the research supervision of Endel Tulving, Fergus Craik, and Robert Lockhart. Later that year he became Director of the Behavioral More