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Volume 26, Issue7September, 2013

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Kahneman Honored With Presidential Medal of Freedom

Nobel Laureate and APS Fellow Daniel Kahneman, a pioneer in the field of behavioral economics, is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year from President Barack Obama, the White House announced August 8. The Medal of Freedom, awarded for meritorious contributions to More

US House Urges Recognition of Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

In a visible acknowledgement of clinical psychological science, the US House of Representatives has asked the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to facilitate the recognition of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). In 2012, PCSAS received recognition and accreditation authority from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to provide accreditation More

Looking Beyond the ‘Neuro’ Revolution in Psychological Science

There are generations of scientists in every discipline that share similar sensibilities. Much like there are Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, and Millennials who are shaped by the cultural trends and societal opportunities that helped define their likes, dislikes, and lifestyles, there are also eras within a scientific discipline that shape More

APS Welcomes President Phelps, President-Elect Eisenberg

APS welcomes the 2013-2014 APS Board. Elizabeth A. Phelps is President, Nancy Eisenberg is President-Elect, and Joseph E. Steinmetz is Immediate Past President. A heartfelt thank you to outgoing Immediate Past President Douglas L. Medin and outgoing Board Members Morris Moscovitch and Janet Polivy for their dedicated service to APS. More

Journal Impact Factors

Every summer my e-mail is enlivened by people and organizations writing about the latest journal impact factors (IF). Because I chair the APS Publications Committee, I have always done my best to feign deep interest about IFs. I know many people take them very seriously, but the truth is, I More

Citation-Based Indices of Scholarly Impact: Databases and Norms

Scholarly impact has long been an intriguing research topic (Nosek et al., 2010; Sternberg, 2003) as well as a crucial factor in making consequential decisions (e.g., hiring, tenure, promotion, research support, professional honors).  As decision makers ramp up their reliance on objective measures (Abbott, Cyranoski, Jones, Maher, Schiermeier, & Van More

Growing Up With APS

This article is part of a series commemorating APS’s 25th anniversary in 2013. Many student affiliates who were just embarking on their careers at the founding of APS in 1988 would, over the next 25 years, become luminaries in the field of psychological science; in this retrospective, some of APS’s More

Reflecting on a Lifetime of Achievement

As part of APS’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the Board of Directors is honoring 25 distinguished scientists who have had a profound impact on the field of psychological science over the past quarter-century. Eight individuals have been selected to receive the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, honoring a lifetime of significant More

Ageism: Alive and Kicking

When APS Fellow Becca Levy, associate professor of epidemiology and psychology at Yale School of Public Health, and her colleagues searched on Facebook for groups that concentrate on older people, the results gave some unsettling insight into younger people’s perception of older folks. They found 84 groups, with a total More

The Link Between Personality and Immunity

It’s easy to see how personality could influence a person’s health in general. An impulsive person might head to a party instead of getting a good night’s sleep. A careless person might not wash the hand that just held onto a subway pole during flu season. A responsible person might More

Stepping Into the Mentor Role

The mentorship relationship that graduate students are usually most concerned with is the relationship with their own advisor. However, there is another mentorship relationship available in graduate school that many may not have thought about — mentoring undergraduates. Many graduate students supervise undergraduates as research assistants, but taking on an More

Teaching Current Directions in Psychological Science

C. Nathan DeWall, University of Kentucky, and renowned textbook author and APS Fellow David G. Myers, Hope College, have teamed up to create a new series of Observer columns aimed at integrating cutting-edge psychological science into the classroom. Each column will offer advice and how-to guidance about teaching a particular More

Small Nudge, Big Impact

We start out determined. We vow to save more for retirement, eat less, and bike to work. But we eventually succumb to the allure of burgers and fries. We never get around to enrolling in that 401(k). And we hop in the car to get to the office on time. More

Remembering Alice M. Isen

Alice M. Isen was a true scientific path-breaker. In an era of scientific psychology that was just overcoming the blinders of radical behaviorism to discover cognition, she nearly single-handedly initiated the modern scientific study of positive affect, presaging the now thriving emphasis on positive psychology. Isen received her BA in More

How to Fix a Fractured Nation

2013 APS Award Address: Diane F. Halpern from Psych Science on Vimeo. If you’re a staunch conservative, make friends with an MSNBC fan. If you’re a liberal, watch Sean Hannity once in a while. These were among several solutions that psychological scientist Diane Halpern of Claremont McKenna College recommends as More

Four APS Fellows Elected to NAS

Five psychological scientists, including four APS Fellows, are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of their contributions and achievements in original research. Among the newly elected members, announced April 30, are Richard Aslin, professor of brain and cognitive More