December 2010 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 41 No. 11

December 2010 Monitor cover

COVER:
A reason to believe

  • A reason to believe

    Religion may fill the human need for finding meaning, sparing us from existential angst while also supporting social organization, researchers say.

Romance numbs pain

IN BRIEF

Congressman Brian Baird

QUESTIONNAIRE

No more House calls

As a representative from Washington state for 12 years, psychologist Brian Baird brought scientific training and clinical experience to Congress.

Patient decisions

TIME CAPSULE

‘I tormented the doctors to operate again’

A look at patient decisions and the history of sexual surgeries.

Unhappy workplace

FEATURES

Boosting morale

An unhappy workplace can increase depression and heart disease rates. Here are ways psychologists are working to promote employee health.

Virtual violence

Researchers disagree about whether violent video games increase aggression.

Placing the patient front and center

The patient-centered ‘health home’ promises to revitalize primary care and provide integrated, cost-effective treatment. How can psychologists get in the door?

Better parenting

An APA-sponsored violence prevention program improves parents’ skills and decreases their use of harsh discipline, an independent study finds.

Pioneer woman

Tami Jo De Coteau is bringing more psychologists to Indian country.

An evolution of comparative psychology

Josep Call wants the Journal of Comparative Psychology to be in the vanguard as the field advances.

It’s more than substance abuse

The new editor of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology wants to broaden the journal’s scope.

Culture is key

The study of stress requires an understanding of cultural context, says the new editor of APA’s International Journal of Stress Management.

Johnson is APA’s next president-elect

She takes the helm on Jan. 1, 2012.

APA at congressional events

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS UPDATE

Minority caucuses welcome APA’s expertise

APA plays an important role at two congressional events: conferences of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Road trip fan

RANDOM SAMPLE

Learning for life

EDUCATION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Promoting lifelong learning in psychology

External forces are pushing all the health professions to devote more attention to lifelong learning.

Better CE options

Emerging models could make continuing education for psychologists more effective — and more engaging.

Science shows us the best ways to learn

Tap into the evidence-based resources that can help students learn.

There's more than Facebook and Twitter

A wealth of new technologies is improving the learning experience.

Serving the underserved

More psychologists are needed to help address the growing problems of veterans, their families and unemployed Americans.