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Volume 19, Issue9September, 2006
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Volume 19, Issue9September, 2006

Technology is not a Toy!

Star Wars’ producer, George Lucas, and former Illinois Governor and presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson would surely have had a lively conversation if able to discuss the place of technology in education! They would be at opposite ends of the love-hate relationship that teachers of all levels experience as they try More

Archival Publication: Another Brick in the Wall

Despite the profound changes in scientific publishing wrought by technology, many of us cling to the belief that the archival publication of primary journal articles remains the bedrock of our field. APS publications, and particularly Psychological Science with its 1200+ submissions per year, are outstanding journals and among the most More

Some Cautions About Jumping on the Brain-Scan Bandwagon

My interest in neuroscience and neuroimaging is primarily as a teacher and textbook author. Like any teacher, I want students to appreciate the astonishing progress being made by neuroscientists. But I also want students (and teachers) to think as critically about findings from brain-scan studies as about findings from any More

Do We Need To Study The Brain To Understand The Mind?

The brain is the most complex object in the known universe. Some 100 billion neurons release hundreds of neurotransmitters and peptides in a dynamic spanning timescales from the microsecond to the lifetime. Given this complexity, neurobiologists can spend productive careers studying a single receptor. Might psychologists more productively understand the More

Freedom, Flexibility, and Never Finished

DYNAMIC DUOS Step aside, Survivor. Time’s up, 24. Get lost, Lost. This season’s hottest reality series is right here in the Observer! Okay, now that we have your attention: the truth is, we invited a number of distinguished couples to co-author a memoir about their lives together – anything from More

Champions of Psychology: Paul E. Spector

This is an ongoing series in which highly regarded professors share advice on the successes and challenges facing graduate students. Paul E. Spector is a professor of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology and the I/O doctoral program director at the University of South Florida. His more than 100 journal articles have appeared More

Tips for Back to College: What I Wish I Knew

What I found when I went to graduate school, is that while it met my expectations, it definitely requires some life adjustments. Remember what it was like to go to college as a freshman, in a new place, with new people? Well you are doing it all over again, and More

Kids Are the Champs at Learning Language

It’s a given that some kids are better than others at throwing a baseball or memorizing a Shakespearean soliloquy.  Whether it’s due to inherent talent or education, or some combination of both, might be open to question.  But there is one thing that all children are amazingly good at, no More

Benbow Appointed to National Science Board

APS Fellow Camilla P. Benbow has been appointed by President Bush to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board (NSB). As a board member, Benbow will counsel the President on scientific issues, as well as oversee the National Science Foundation, a federal agency created in 1950 that promotes More

Hollander Wins IAAP Award

The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) recently honored APS Fellow Edwin P. Hollander with an Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions. Celebrating over fifty years of Hollander’s innovative research in the psychology of leadership, the IAAP awards committee was “enthusiastically unanimous in choosing [him] for this well-deserved honor.” Hollander was More

Style and Substance: Twelve Tips for a Better Job Talk

The one-day interview that is a rite of passage for all academic job candidates can feel more like an endurance test than anything else. The key event in this day is the dreaded “job talk” – one hour in which you must speak cogently about your research while showcasing your More

Thinking It Over: fMRI and Psychological Science

In 1880 an Italian peasant named Bertino survived a horrific accident that cracked open his skull and left sections of his brain exposed. Surprisingly Bertino felt fine, even though one could see blood pulsating through his frontal lobes. His physician, Angelo Mosso, noticed something else very strange. Every time church More

Presidential Column: Reaching for Relevance

Twenty-five years ago, when I was in graduate school, my advisor received a phone call from a newspaper reporter. My advisor had just received a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to support his basic research on language comprehension and the reporter, alerted by the university’s press More

APS Welcomes New Officers

The conclusion of the 18th Annual APS convention not only represented an achievement in the sharing of psychological science, but it also marked the induction of new APS officers. Morton Ann Gernsbacher began her term as President for 2006-2007 as Michael S. Gazzaniga becomes the Immediate Past President (replacing Robert More

No, I Can’t Fix Your Dysfunctional Family

It is a scene that has occurred repeatedly since I began studying for my PhD in cognitive psychology: I am talking to a friend of my parents or a high school friend I haven’t seen in years, and the person finds out that I am a graduate student. I involuntarily More

Teaching Matters: The Truth About the Job Market in Academic Psychology

Every year thousands of undergraduates apply to psychology doctoral programs. And every year, doctoral programs accept a select and relatively small subset of these students. A while later (sometimes a long while later) most of these students will enter the job market. A sizeable portion of these new PhDs will More