June 2008 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 39 No. 6

June 2008 Monitor cover

COVER:
Why we vote

  • Why do we vote ?

    Voting is often inconvenient, time-consuming and may even seem pointless. Psychologists are exploring what drives us to the polls.

  • Presidential turnout: 1960-2004

    Turnout percentage of those eligible to vote by year.

  • Better election data are coming

    Psychologists will have much more information on why Americans vote, including how attitudes toward race and gender affect voting turnout and candidate preference.

  • Building a better ballot

    Psychologists' research seeks to make voting methods more fair and accessible.

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SCIENCE WATCH

An invertebrate with flair

By studying the octopus, cognitive psychologists are uncovering clues to how thinking evolved.

In brief

IN BRIEF

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QUESTIONNAIRE

Do psychologists have 'neuron envy'?

V.S. Ramachandran opines on psychology's and neuroscience's intertwined future.

Ethics Rounds

ETHICS ROUNDS

The unique challenges of campus counseling

Working in a campus counseling center today requires an exceptional measure of clinical skill, political acumen, organizational understanding and ethical reflection.

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TIME CAPSULE

Applying technology to phrenology

A psychologist's attempt to assess the mind's faculties made big money in the 1930s.

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FEATURES

Serving a new generation of veterans

The VA needs more psychologists in leadership positions, say experts at a Senate hearing.

Science vs. ideology

Psychologists fight back against the misuse of research.

Lost boys

Research shows that boys are losing interest in academics and attending college far less frequently than they used to. A psychologist is working to reverse that trend.

One bite at a time

A psychologist uses her industrial/organizational training to help people make peace with food.

How to prepare for the unexpected

Creating a professional will can help you protect your patients and put your affairs in order.

Innovate to educate

APA honors two training programs for their ingenuity in preparing tomorrow's psychologists.

Warding off secondary trauma

Robin Chang's research could improve outreach to first-responders in the aftermath of traumatic events.

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EARLY-CAREER PSYCHOLOGY

For kids' sake

Wendy Sun helps Los Angeles parents develop healthy attachments with their children.