Henry L. Roediger, III

Henry Roediger Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Henry L. Roediger, III

  • What Should They Be Called?

    “They” refers to the animals – human and infrahuman – in our experiments. It used to be simple: they were subjects, or in certain types of perceptual experiments, observers. In the older literature much was written about them in abbreviated form, S and S’s or O and O’s. However, those More

  • Writing Textbooks: Why Doesn’t It Count?

    In 1975 I was an assistant professor at Purdue University and in my third year on the faculty. One day my colleague Barry Kantowitz came to see me with a proposal: Would I be interested in joining him in writing a textbook on experimental psychology? He sketched his ideas for More

  • What Happened to Behaviorism

    The year 2004 marks the centenary of B. F. Skinner’s birth. I doubt that most members of the American Psychological Society (and even a smaller proportion of all psychologists) will pay much attention. After all, hasn’t behaviorism passed from the scene? Don’t we live in the age of the cognitive More

  • The Great Handbook Scam

    Not long ago, the editor of a publishing company approached me about editing a Handbook of Human Memory that would cover the field. I said that there was no need; Tulving and Craik had published The Oxford Handbook of Memory in 2000. Why did we need another one? Undeterred, the More

  • Vita Voyeur

    I like to look at other people’s vitas. There. My little secret is out in the open. Vitas are so delicious, so much fun to read. They tell so much about a person. Academics live for them. “You are your vita,” Charles Lord writes in the first chapter of The More