Robert Bjork

Robert Bjork Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Robert A. Bjork

  • Department-ism: More Than Just Space Wars

    The university is a great place to learn about prejudice — first­hand. The prejudice that I’m talking about is so deeply ingrained in the nature of universities and other large organizations that it is not recognized as a near kin of racism, sexism, ageism, or the other “isms” that can More

  • Good and Evil and Psychological Science

    To me, evil means great human destructiveness. Evil can come in an obvious form, such as a genocide. Or it can come in smaller acts of persistent harm doing, the effects of which accumulate, like parents being hostile and punitive, or a child being picked on by peers day after More

  • I was the PSPI Canary

    I had the singular privilege of being the team leader for the “juried analysis” published in the inaugural issue of APS’s Psychological Science in the Public Interest (PSPI). Robyn Dawes, John Monahan and I co-authored the report “Psychological Science Can Improve Diagnostic Decisions,” which was published in May 2000. In More

  • How to Succeed in College: Learn How to Learn

    Assume that you have a younger sibling who is going to be a college freshman next Fall. Assume further that this particular sibling actually believes that you may have learned something – that is, that you may be a source of good advice on how to succeed in college. Drawing More

  • On Writing About Psychological Science

    Recently a friend of mine described me to his colleagues as a “journalist.” My vague irritation at this designation, which even superseded my pleasure at being called a good one, got me to thinking about the kind of writing I do, in contrast to the kind that my academic colleagues More

  • An Evolutionary Perspective

    With apologies in advance to experts on the theory of evolution, I cannot resist adopting an evolutionary perspective on the growth of knowledge and professional structures in psychological science, the young discipline that is the domain of the American Psychological Society. In particular, I am concerned in this column with More