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Volume 18, Issue9September, 2005

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Prentice Named Dean of Faculty at Princeton

Deborah A. Prentice, an APS Fellow, began her tenure as dean of the faculty at Princeton University on July 1. Previously, Prentice had served as chair of Princeton’s psychology department for 12 years. Under Prentice’s leadership as department chair, Princeton hired a more diverse psychology faculty, launched the Princeton Neuroscience More

When Graduate and Undergraduate Students Collaborate — Everybody Wins!

Many psychology training programs have a strong research emphasis. There are multiple demands on graduate students and they must conduct research while also managing coursework, teaching duties, and any applied responsibilities. Undergraduate students are often limited to class-based research and have minimal academic advising. Collaboration between graduate and undergraduate students More

Champions of Psychology: Stephen J. Ceci

In an ongoing series in which APS Student Caucus talks with leading professors, Stephen J. Ceci shares his advice for success amid the challenges facing graduate students. An APS Fellow, Ceci is among the most internationally influential and well-known developmental psychologists. He holds a lifetime endowed chair in child development More

Commentaries on Undergraduate Research Participation

Engaging Research Participants The nagging thought that ran through my head as I prepared to run my first study with undergraduate participants was “I sure hope they do a better job than I used to do when I was an undergrad!” As an apprehensive freshman participant, I just wanted to More

How Random is That?

Compared to the hard rock of empirical methods, 18- to 20-year-old college students are a wet marsh of spontaneous behavior and malleable minds. In 1971, notable personality researcher Rae Carlson called students “unfinished personalities” who may fundamentally differ from non-students in a number of psychological ways. Fifteen years later, APS More

In the Name of Science

The Board of Directors of the American Psychological Society has unanimously recommended that APS change its name to the Association for Psychological Science to underscore APS’s dedication to science as well as the international scope of its membership. This proposal will be decided by a vote of APS Members in More

Straat Science

I returned to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in September 2004, about 14 years after a first, much briefer stay there. Visa requirements involved a fairly rigorous background check. I had to be fingerprinted, for example, in order to get my FBI rap sheet, a mandatory part of the visa application. More

Psychology Has a New Old Home at Georgia Tech

Most people — and all sports fans — know the Georgia Institute of Technology as Georgia Tech. Historically, our students referred to Tech as the North Avenue Trade School since it resides on North Avenue in Atlanta across the street from the world headquarters of Coca-Cola, and until recently, the More

Observer Forum

‘Patients’ and ‘Clients’ In the wake of Roddy Roediger’s interesting discussion of the usage of “subjects” vs. “participants” in research reports, Christine Senn raised the question of referring to patients or “clients” [“Have ‘Patients,’” October 2004 Observer]. Because no one else has weighed in on this matter, I thought I More

Observations

Facing the Way We Elect Our Leaders Apparently CNN, the Gallup Poll, and the New York Times are working way too hard during election season. A study published by Princeton University researchers in the June 10 issue of Science shows that a photograph is more than enough for voters to More

Gazzaniga Is APS President

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Dartmouth College, is APS President for 2005-06. His term began at the end of the 2005 Convention and will continue through the 2006 Convention. Gazzaniga was elected in 2004 to a three-year presidential term, which includes one year each as President-elect, President, and Immediate Past President. APS More

Positive Psychology for Tsunami Survivors

Two days after the Southeast Asia tsunami hit, Bangkok-based psychologist Dominique Norz contacted Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, asking for help. Norz was then a participant in Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching teleconference course. She hoped that Thai mental health professionals could be trained to use More

The View From Within

APS Member Abrams is Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining OBSSR in April 2005, Abrams was professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of community health at Brown More