Walter Mischel Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Walter Mischel

  • The Lives They Lived 2018

    Walter Mischel: A psychologist of great discipline who sometimes couldn’t wait before grabbing that second marshmallow. Picture a boy, 8 years old, assisting his parents in a strange and somber task. In their gracious home in Vienna, they are throwing family documents into the fireplace, trying to erase their Jewish More

  • Academic Career Values and Choices: Two Perspectives

    Two contributions that follow in this issue — speaking clearly but in very different voices and emerging from contrasting professional and life stages — provide distinctive but complementary perspectives on core issues raised in my presidential columns on academic life, values, and career choices faced on the road to tenure More

  • Beyond Nature vs. Nurture: Philosophical Insights From Molecular Biology

    The “new genetics” research in molecular biology, as this month’s invited Presidential Column by Frances Champagne illustrates, has important implications for psychological science (so important, in fact, that it will be the topic for the Presidential Symposium at our upcoming annual APS convention this May in San Francisco). Professor Champagne’s More

  • On the Future of APS Journals

    In these Presidential Columns, from September 2008 to January 2009, I discussed the implicit understandings and misunderstandings — the urban legends of our field — about our roles in the publication process as researchers, contributors, reviewers, and editors. I looked at how these legends may influence what we do, sometimes More

  • All Brains Are the Same Color

    After five columns on the urban legends in our science that may inadvertently undermine some of our efforts to build an integrative and cumulative psychological science, the next few columns will be cheerier. They illustrate innovative, integrative work at the vanguard of the field that crosses the boundaries of our More