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Volume 25, Issue7September, 2012
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Volume 25, Issue7September, 2012

Piecing Together Performance

Of all the familiar characters who reemerge at the start of every school year, from jock to geek to teacher’s pet, perhaps the most intriguing is the overachiever. We all know one when we see one: the student whose effort, either in the classroom or on the field, compensates for More

Psychology Departments in Context

I remember standing in the mailroom of the psychology department at Indiana University about 25 years ago, opening an envelope and then reading a letter that described a new organization  to promote the science of psychology. An application for membership was included in the letter, which I dutifully filled out More

Introducing the 2012-13 APS Board

Your APS leaders for 2012-13: Joseph E. Steinmetz, of The Ohio State University, takes the helm as APS President. Douglas L. Medin, Northwestern University, becomes Immediate Past President and Elizabeth A. Phelps, New York University, joins the Board as President-Elect. Wendy Berry Mendes, University of California, San Francisco, and Suparna More

Learning Through Testing

Testing memory not only assesses what we know but changes it,” said Henry L. Roediger, III, as he summed up his most recent years of research in his William James Fellow Award Address at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago. Roediger’s discovery is a new concept for teachers, researchers More

Clinical Science Training and Beyond

Two sessions in the Clinical Science Forum at the 24th APS Annual Convention explored critical issues facing clinical psychologists. One session focused on education and the efforts that training programs are making to equip future clinicians with the skills they need to evaluate  and implement evidence-based interventions. During the second More

Employee Interests Predict How They Will Perform on the Job

When evaluating job applicants, employers want to be sure that they choose the right person for the job. Many employers, from consulting firms to federal agencies, will ask prospective employees to complete extensive tests and questionnaires to get a better sense of what those employees might be like in an More

Knowing Others and Being Known

My mom thinks she can read me like a book. And, as moms are apt to be, she’s right. When we’re on the phone, she knows what mood I’m in before I finish my first sentence. She knows if I like someone (or don’t) before I know it myself. It’s More

When Profs Get Graded

As the popularity of teaching evaluation websites is growing, so is concern over whether ratings on such sites provide an accurate representation of instructors’ performance. Because many students rely on such websites such as (RMP) when making course decisions, it is important that we examine how these ratings compare More

APS Journal Named ‘Rising Star’

The APS journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, edited by APS Fellow Barbara A. Spellman, was recently named a Rising Star in psychiatry and psychology based on data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge’s Essential Science Indicators. Between its founding in 2006 and February 29, 2012, Perspectives has received over 2,000 More

Much Ado About Francis Galton

Galton Dissed? I was mystified by Douglas Medin’s aversion to Sir Francis Galton in his April Presidential Column (Medin, 2012). Medin said that Galton’s method of superimposing multiple headshots to study facial beauty “is not one of psychology’s success stories.” On the contrary, Galton’s method has inspired over 300 papers More

Ten Tips for Applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships ( are a fabulous external funding source for graduate students in psychology. These fellowships provide generous funding for three years, are prestigious early career honors that can bolster future grant applications, and provide an escape from teaching obligations (if desired). But these fellowships More

Remembering Edward E. Smith

On behalf of the APS Board, we have the sad duty to report that recent Board member and APS William James Fellow Edward E. Smith died on August 17, 2012, at the age of 72. Smith was the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and the Ransford More

Bjork, Nosofsky Recognized with Awards

In an award ceremony at Rice University, two notable APS members accepted the most prestigious awards given by the Society of Experimental Psychologists. APS Past President Robert A. Bjork received the Norman Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award, and APS Fellow Robert M. Nosofsky was awarded the Howard Crosby Warren Medal. Bjork More