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Volume 27, Issue7September, 2014

The Study of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

In recognition of the new school year beginning in many parts of the world, the Observer examines a host of psychological research on learning — not just in the classroom, but across the life-span… More

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Volume 27, Issue7September, 2014

The Study of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

In recognition of the new school year beginning in many parts of the world, the Observer examines a host of psychological research on learning — not just in the classroom, but across the life-span… More

Literary Character

Whether it’s Oliver Twist or Harry Potter, Hester Prynne or Katniss Everdeen, literary characters offer us a chance to vicariously… More

Getting It in Writing

Stringing together words on a page to communicate something meaningful, insightful, intriguing, or persuasive is an essential skill that serves… More

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Nervous About Numbers

Research shows how math anxiety impacts students and suggests interventions to buffer these negative effects… More

Decoding Words on a Page

When most of us read, we probably don’t think about the complex neurological processes that go on behind the scenes… More

Remembering Varda Shoham

With APS Board Member Varda Shoham’s unexpected death on March 18, 2014, we lost an influential advocate for psychological science… More

Fostering Budding Writers

“Easy reading is damn hard writing,” Nathaniel Hawthorne famously said. Indeed, writing text that is clear and engaging for the… More

Books to Check Out: September 2014

To submit a new book, email apsobserver@psychologicalscience.org. Train Your Mind for Peak Performance: A Science-Based Approach for Achieving Your Goals… More

Research as Free Speech?

Elizabeth A. Yeater and Geoffrey F. Miller’s May/June 2014 Observer article on sensitive-topics research describes their Sisyphean attempts to convince… More