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Volume 25, Issue8October, 2012
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Volume 25, Issue8October, 2012

Give and Take

At the core of many governing failures is an inability to compromise. This general intransigence was best captured by US Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) during a late 2010 interview on “60 Minutes” with Lesley Stahl. Boehner had recently been elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and he was More

America’s Public Universities

  These are indeed challenging financial times for our institutions of higher education — a kind of “perfect storm.” The sustained downturn in our economy has resulted in the erosion of state support for our public institutions, significant decreases in university endowments, great pressures to keep the cost of college More

Remembering George A. Miller

The human mind works a lot like a computer: It collects, saves, modifies, and retrieves information. George A. Miller, one of the founders of cognitive psychology, was a pioneer who recognized that the human mind can be understood using an information-processing model. His insights helped move psychological research beyond behaviorist More

Personality Dynamics Through the Lens of Cognitive Science

With the goal of advancing a cognitive neuroscience of personality dynamics, leading researchers from the United States and Europe gathered in Trieste, Italy, on July 10, 2012, to present cutting-edge findings on the neural and evolutionary bases of intra-personal processes and structures. The event, sponsored by APS, featured Anna Abraham More

Recent Developments in Ideology Research

“All people are born alike—except Republicans and Democrats.” – Groucho Marx In a 2006 American Psychologist article “The end of the end of ideology,” John T. Jost argued that, “although ordinary people by no means pass the strictest tests imaginable for ideological sophistication, most of them do think, feel, and More

The Emotional Citizen

Emotion trumps partisanship and ideology when people evaluate political candidates, Linda Isbell’s research shows. More

Bandura Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary psychological scientist Albert Bandura of Stanford University was honored with the International Union of Psychological Science Lifetime Career Award on July 20, 2012. Bandura, an APS William James and James McKeen Cattell Fellow, accepted the award at the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, where More

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Political fervor in the United States is at its peak as the end of the 2012 Presidential Election approaches, and APS Fellow Jonathan Haidt, from New York University’s Stern School of Business, has been patiently observing the fray. Haidt investigates the psychological bases of morality across different cultures and political More

Conquer Fear With Words

Many people spend Halloween celebrating, and even embracing, fear. But a psychology study suggests a new way to keep fear in check. More

Studying Sex

Developing research with a specific focus is an important step as an early career psychologist, but choosing to specialize so soon also has its difficulties. When a researcher has an unconventional primary interest, such as human sexuality, sometimes a carefully plotted course must be navigated between mainstream and niche research. More

OppNet Social and Behavioral Research Grant: Culture, Health, and Wellbeing

OppNet, NIH’s Opportunity Network for basic behavioral and social science research grants, announces its second FY2013 RFA: Basic social and behavioral research on culture, health, and wellbeing (R24). Application Due Date: December 17, 2012 Purpose: This RFA encourages grant applications for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches More

Messy Misinformation

Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. This political season may be a good time to ponder the question, “Why does misinformation stick?” According to an upcoming report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest More