John Darley

John Darley Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President John Darley

  • Gaining Traction for Psychology in the Public Arena

    Darley In previous columns, I expressed concerns about the relative lack of psychology’s presence in the public policy arena, and examined some of the reasons for that absence. Here, I want to begin to sketch a plan for increasing our presence in the worlds of public policy. One thing is More

  • A New Age of Exploration

    Advances in science and engineering have the potential to increase our security and economic prosperity, and improve the quality of our lives. But they also dismay many of us. In part, we are unnerved because we know far too little about the role we ourselves play in bringing about these More

  • Psychology Should Be in Dialogue with Bioethics

    The argument of many of these columns to date is that psychological science needs to figure more in worlds of public policy formulation. But I have found myself, a psychologist whose career has been concerned with experiment and theory, strikingly confused about things to say that would help shape public More

  • On Civility in Reviewing

    Guest Columnist Many of us have put in our best-faith efforts in writing journal articles or grant proposals, only to receive savage reviews. I recently received a savage review of an article I co-wrote and submitted to a journal that referred to the submitted article as sounding like it was More

  • Do We Fear the Right Things?

      DAVID G. MYERS “Freedom and fear are at war,” President Bush has told us. The terrorists’ goal, he says, is “not only to kill and maim and destroy” but to frighten us into inaction. Alas, the terrorists have made progress in their fear war, by diverting our anxieties from More