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Volume 22, Issue7September, 2009

I was once asked to explain why I love being a psychologist. First, I don’t think there is a better way to be trained in science. The difficulties of studying behavior have made us sophisticated about experimental design and statistical analysis. The results of our work impact the lives of More

Rawson APS Member Katherine A. Rawson, Kent State University, has been given the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which recognizes promising scientists at the beginning of their careers. The award includes a five-year grant to support additional research. Rawson is being recognized for her work in cognitive More

Your Brain Thinks Money Is a Drug NPR, August 7, 2009 If you’ve ever thought of money as a drug, you may be more right than you know. New research shows that counting money — just handling the bills — can make things less painful. “It is surprising,” says Kathleen More

Recently established by the APS Board of Directors, the Janet Taylor Spence Early Career Award will recognize transformative contributions to psychological science by rising stars in the field. APS Past President John Cacioppo, who developed the award along with current President Linda Bartoshuk and Immediate Past President Walter Mischel, said More

Robert Wilson speaking as Arthur Kramer looks on at the joint APS and National Institute of Aging press conference. Do you remember where you put your keys? How about what you had for breakfast or where you parked your car? If you have a hard time remembering these things now More

There’s the familiar story of the guy of modest means who wins a lottery jackpot — and goes downhill from there. The same could be happening to the National Institutes of Health, and not for the first time. NIH had been suffering flat budgets for six straight years when Congress More

Linda Bartoshuk University of Florida President, 2009-2010 Linda Bartoshuk, an APS Fellow and Charter Member, has dedicated time and energy to APS since its inception. She is a familiar face on the APS Board, having served as a Member-at-Large from 2000 to 2003 and as Secretary from 2006 to 2008. More

What does the economic turbulence of the last year mean for psychological scientists? As global markets shift and sway, colleges and universities across the globe are experiencing unprecedented economic uncertainty. Most are facing a harsh reality of cutting back costs while trying to keep the quality of their research and More

Lauren B. Alloy delivers her James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address. It was standing room only as Lauren B. Alloy of Temple University delivered her James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address (unfortunately, award co-recipient Lyn Abramson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison was not able to be there). Her talk began More

I have been developing a concept that I cannot find in the literature on the sociology or psychology of science. However, when I describe the concept to any active researcher over (say) 45, it is immediately recognized and sometimes seems to arouse a powerful, if nostalgic, emotional experience. Let me More

Representative Brian Baird (D-WA), a long time champion of behavioral science, has introduced a bill (H.R. 3247) in Congress to establish a social and behavioral research program at the Department of Energy aimed at understanding, among other things, the patterns of energy consumption by individuals, households, and businesses, and the More

Figure 1. Florence Nightingale’s Polar Area (often referred to as the cox comb) graph depicted “The Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East” in the years 1854-55. The twelve sections represent the months in a year. The size of the section representing each month indicates the number of More

Jeremy Ashton Houska President Jeremy Ashton Houska is a fifth-year doctoral student in experimental psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He conducts both basic and applied research in the areas of memory and cognition. In particular, Jeremy is interested in situation models, narrative-based persuasion, and the teaching of More

As an undergraduate, I typically spent one week or less on writing assignments, regardless of how much time my instructor gave me. It was my natural ability — or so I thought at the time — that made me adept at writing so well in such a short time. When More

Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Cornell University, Science, May 29, 2009: Under the Influence of Hormones. Jamie Arndt, University of Missouri, Columbia, The New York Times, Jul 6, 2009: Why the Imp in Your Brain Gets Out. Chris I. Baker, National Institute of Mental Health, NPR (Marketplace), Jul 1, 2009: False Signals Cause More

European and U.S. scholars are engaged in a unique new effort to advance psychological science across geographical as well as disciplinary boundaries. This initiative was launched when representatives from nine organizations met in Paris this past summer to discuss the international promotion of research and education in psychology. The meeting More