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Volume 21, Issue8September, 2008
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Volume 21, Issue8September, 2008

APS = GPS: Global Psychological Science, That Is

Twenty years ago, APS was established by a small group of intrepid researchers to advance scientific psychology and its representation in Washington and the public arena. Over the last two decades, their vision has been realized. Our journals are among the top publications in the field, our convention is a More

On Becoming a Theorist in Psychology

Theory construction is essential to any field of science. Within psychology, theory is at the center of the scientific method. Research is conducted on the basis of theory, and it is the results of that research that advance theory. As a theory develops, the understanding of the world that is More

2008-2009 APS Student Caucus Executive Board

President Kelli Vaughn-Blount York University Kelli Vaughn-Blount completed her Master’s in experimental psychology in May, 2008, at the University of Central Oklahoma and is a first year doctoral student in history and theory of psychology at York University in Toronto. Her primary research areas include the history of women in More

This is Your Brain on Politics

With over a year of campaigning before the general election, voters should be able to tap into lots of information when they make their decisions in the voting booth. But it turns out there’s a lot more going on when we step behind the curtain to cast our ballot. More

Measuring Well-Being in the United States

Americans are stuck in a cycle of chronic disease.  In October 2007, the Milken Institute reported that the economic impact of the most common chronic diseases in this country is more than $1 trillion and threatens to reach $6 trillion by mid-century (DeVol & Bedroussian, 2007). Our recent survey of More

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Finding Our Minds: An APS Award Address by David Meyer

In his seminal 1890 masterwork, Principles of Psychology, William James wrote: “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. … An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.” It is fitting More

Psychology’s Unique Approaches to Social Justice

Steven A. Meyers’ Teaching Tips column about integrating social justice themes into teaching psychology provides several useful suggestions and methods (Meyers, 2007). However, I think that psychologists should pay attention to the issue of social justice, not only because it permeates much of psychological research (e.g., prejudice, intergroup relations, and More

Hup Holland! Tales from My Joint Appointment in the Netherlands

I have a unique academic appointment. I spend nine months each year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the other three months at the VU (Vrije Universiteit)in Amsterdam. What started as a semester on leave developed into a more permanent position: I just finished my first three-year More

Richard Bootzin Wins Outstanding Educator Award

Past APS Board Member Richard Bootzin was recently awarded the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award by the Sleep Research Society for his work as a professor at the University of Arizona. “Coincidentally, given the title of the award,” Bootzin says, “I got interested in sleep research through my role More

Plous Wins Brewer Award

APS Fellow and Charter Member Scott Plous has been awarded the APA Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, recognizing a career of significant contributions to teaching psychology. Plous has influenced the teaching of psychology around the world through his Social Psychology Network (SPN), a set of pioneering websites More

APS Welcomes New Board Members

The new APS Board of Directors is set for 2008-2009. Walter Mischel takes the helm as APS President, succeeding John T. Cacioppo who, after guiding APS through its 20th anniversary celebrations, begins a term as Immediate Past President. Linda M. Bartoshuk joins the Presidential triumvirate as APS President-Elect. Anne Treisman More

NIH Grants: Trust But Don’t Verify

Senator Charles E. Grassley wants universities to enforce the rules regarding conflicts of interests by scientists holding grants from the National Institutes of Health. And he wants NIH to crack down on scientists who go astray. Good luck, Senator. Certainly, no one will excuse the suspicious academic-industrial dealings that have More

Our Urban Legends: Publishing

The realization that writing these columns is expected from an APS President triggered fears I trace to a conversation with my fondly remembered Stanford colleague, Amos Tversky. About 30 years ago, Amos commented over a drink that for every 10 years of scholarly labors, one might possibly earn up to More

Helping Students Improve Their Writing

When a student paper states that performance anxiety can lead to sexual impudence, we might laugh. When a dissertation uses the expression It is argued more times than we can count, we might cry. High-quality written communication is important at all levels of psychology education and in most fields of More