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Elizabeth Capaldi Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Elizabeth Capaldi

  • Specializing in Psychological Science as a Whole

    As my term as President ends, I have been reflecting on why I participate in APS and believe it is such an important organization for our field. APS is the main organization committed to the science of psychology in all its aspects. There are other organizations devoted to specialty areas More

  • Reshaping Behavioral Science at NIMH

    Every Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports basic science research with the well-founded belief that it will ultimately payoff in improvements to the public health. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is no exception, and is proud of its long-standing investment in basic behavioral science, one More

  • Teaching With a Nobel-Prize Winner

    I’ve had my share of rewarding classroom experiences, but the one I’ve enjoyed most has been the privilege of team-teaching a course with Nobel prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever. The course focuses on inventions and how they can be turned into actual products. My role is to¬† cover the cognitive bases More

  • Universe of the Master’s

    The growth area in graduate education is in master’s degrees. The number of master’s degrees awarded in the United States has increased 41 percent over the last 25 years, while PhD degrees have increased only 19 percent. Psychology awards master’s degrees but only in a limited number of areas. The More

  • What’s Fair to Compare?

    Who is Number 1? We are fascinated with this question. What is the best pizza, the best movie, the best TV show? In sports, winning and losing is part of the game and in most sports, a Number 1 team is usually unmistakable. In universities or psychology departments, the answer More

  • Banking on Psychological Principles

    Universities are businesses, although we academics do not like to think of them as such. However, we are not in business to make a profit, but rather to produce teaching and research. Thus, our bottom line needs to be measured in quality and productivity of our teaching and our research. More