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Volume 30, Issue7September, 2017
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A Change of Face: New Approaches to Measuring Face Recognition and Identification

A change in hairstyle, lighting, or even facial expression may alter a person’s appearance so drastically that they look like someone else. Scientists are now developing face-recognition measures that account for these variations.. More

To put it bluntly, academic psychology’s public reputation seems to be in free fall. When the press coverage of the “replicability crisis” in psychological science first began a few years ago, reporters generally broached the topic in a respectful and delicate fashion, hinting at problems but not trumpeting them. That More

The William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund, which was created to honor the legacy of influential psychological scientist Bill Estes, has awarded three grants for programs focused on increasing awareness of how computational tools, models, and data collection can improve all areas of psychological science. Overseen jointly by APS More

Clinical psychological scientist and APS Fellow James Herbert of Drexel University has been named the next president of The University of New England, the largest private university in Maine. Herbert is replacing Danielle Ripich, who in 2016 announced her intention to step down this year. Herbert’s research focuses on cognitive More

Barnard College has named APS Fellow Sian L. Beilock as its new president. Beilock, an expert on how people learn and perform at their best, particularly under stress, leaves her post as the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and an Executive Vice Provost at the University of Chicago. Beilock More

Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds by Steve Casner; Penguin Random House, May 23, 2017. More

The 2017–2018 James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships have been awarded to APS Fellow Koraly Perez-Edgar, Melissa Glenn, Paula Niedenthal, and Kiran Soma. Presented in partnership with APS, the fellowships allow recipients to extend their sabbatical periods from one semester to a full year. Here, in their own words, are the More

The Observer talked with APS Fellow John C. Cavanaugh about his insights into bridging academic and industry careers in psychological science. The magazine also profiled three alumni of the Consortium Research Fellows Program. APS: Your career has featured an impressive trajectory from research to academic administration to education policy. What More

Elizabeth Salmon is a postdoctoral Consortium Research Fellow working in the Personnel Assessment Research Unit (PARU) within the US Army Research Institute at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. PARU researchers focus on developing and evaluating assignment measures and performance assessments for soldiers in the US Army. In a team with other psychological More

What if students in psychological science could access a specialized, high-level federal research facility where they would be employed and could conduct thesis/dissertation research and other research projects, as well as have opportunities to start their careers in the same or a related setting? What if they could do this More

A special issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science brings together innovative research and theory in psychological science, computer science, neuroscience, and related fields, illuminating the myriad ways in which face perception infuses how we think and behave. In this issue, “researchers from diverse areas within the psychological sciences illustrate More

Aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom, Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science offers advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular area of research or topic in psychological science that has been the focus of an article in the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. Current More

It’s a little hard to tell what’s a failure and what’s just something that is shifting your life in a whole new direction. -Pema Chodron “I can’t do this.” Almost every graduate student experiences that moment — or hour or week or month or year — when she questions her More

The same experimental standards that apply to scientific research could also be applied to police lineups to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications, says APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Gary L. Wells. More