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Volume 24, Issue7September, 2011
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Volume 24, Issue7September, 2011

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Fields for Psychology

Before I begin, I want to make a confession: Our Psychology Department has a research participant pool that my lab takes full advantage of each term. There’s an aesthetic appeal from a well-designed, nicely controlled study that bears on some theoretical question, so I love, love, love experiments. I also More

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Using Fink’s Taxonomy in Course Design

Lifespan Development is an introductory psychology course at my university. I love teaching this course. However, in the past I found myself bogged down by the volume of content and the rush to cover each of the myriad developmental theories over the course of single semester. I want my students More

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All of Science Stands Behind Behavioral Science at NSF

In an APS-inspired effort, the science and engineering community has joined forces to oppose cuts in funding for basic behavioral and social science research at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Organized under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), nearly 150 organizations across the More

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Landau Appointed Johns Hopkins Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

APS Fellow Barbara Landau was named Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor and Chair of the Department of Cognitive Science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Landau researches the nature, acquisition, and development of human More

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Gardner and Rizzolatti Honored with Prince of Asturias Awards

APS Fellow Howard Gardner and 2011 APS Convention Keynote Speaker Giacomo Rizzolatti have been honored with 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards. Gardner of Harvard University is the 2011 recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences for his innovative work on multiple intelligences. This award is one of More

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Anatomy of a New Federal Program

Not long ago NIH invited 250 of the best scientific minds from universities across the country to advise on how to start a $120–150 million research project. It’s the kind of meeting NIH often convenes to get expert advice on many scientific issues deemed ready for such a boost: molecular More

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Transitions: Students in Psychological Science

The field of psychological science is constantly in a state of change. Many legendary psychological scientists have provided the scientific community with the basic concepts, theories, methods of inquiry, and major findings that have shaped our understanding of behavior. Research in psychological science has since exploded into many interdisciplinary collaborations More

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Wikipedia in the Classroom

At Trent University in Ontario, Canada, I teach The History of Psychology, a fourth year undergraduate course. I view this course as a capstone for students’ undergraduate education — one in which they can use their research and communication skills to contextualize what they have learned during their undergraduate degree. More

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Insight on Out-of-Body Experiences

When you hear “out-of-body experience,” you probably think of hallucinations caused by drugs or a mental instability, but a new study published in Elsevier’s Cortex suggests that out-of-body experiences (OBEs) occur in nonclinical populations as well. Jason Braithwaite of the University of Birmingham has been studying OBEs in healthy individuals More

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The Joy of … Theorizing

There’s the Joy of Cooking, the Joy of Sex, and now … the Joy of Theorizing. Daniel Wegner has created more than his share of influential theories in psychological science, and in his William James Fellow Award Address at this year’s APS Convention, the Harvard researcher reflected on what theories More

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In Appreciation: Hershel W. Leibowitz

APS Fellow and Charter Member Hershel W. Leibowitz died February 13, 2011 at the age of 85. Leibowitz was the Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University until his retirement in 1995. He made significant contributions to the study of visual perception and pioneered the integration of basic and More

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Identity Shift

In the late 1990s, the Department of Psychology at Dartmouth University became the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Howard Hughes, who served as chair at the time, recalls the change as the result of a “little plot” he hatched with colleague (and APS Fellow) Todd Heatherton while sitting on More

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Rising Stars

In case there was any doubt, the future of psychological science is in good hands. In its continuing series, the Observer presents more Rising Stars, exemplars of today’s young psychological scientists. Although they may not be advanced in years, they are already making great advancements in science. Donna Rose Addis More

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New APS Officers

APS welcomes our new officers for 2011–2012. Douglas L. Medin, Northwestern University, takes the helm as APS President, while Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University, becomes Immediate Past President and Joseph Steinmetz, The Ohio State University, joins the Board as President-Elect. Gün Semin, Utrecht University, has been appointed APS Secretary, succeeding Anne More