October 2011 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 42 No. 9

October 2011 Monitor on Psychology

COVER:
How the Web is changing us

  • Is technology ruining our kids?

    Not according to public health researcher Michele Ybarra, who outlined why, in general, there is little cause for alarm.

  • Facebook: Friend or foe?

    Children and teens’ overuse of social media is linked to lower grades, poor health and symptoms of potential mental health problems, new research shows.

  • The promise of Web 3.0

    The behavioral scientist behind eHarmony said today’s Web technology offers rich possibilities for researchers.

  • NIMH invests in IT-enhanced interventions

    The institute seeks to fund interventions that are ‘pushing the envelope.’

Claude Steele (Credit: Lloyd Wolf)

FEATURES

Boosting minority achievement

New research points to ways to help minority students reach greater academic heights, said Claude Steele in his APA 2011 Annual Convention keynote address.

Where's the progress?

Despite decades of work, the educational achievement gap between whites and ethnic minorities continues, said speakers at an APA convention session.

And social justice for all

In her presidential address, Melba J.T. Vasquez outlined areas where psychological research has secured justice and called for continued work to safeguard health-care reform.

Helping new Americans find their way

An APA presidential task force has identified the complex issues facing immigrants—and ways psychologists can help them thrive.

Segregations's ongoing legacy

Your neighborhood can affect your health, to the detriment of many racial and ethnic-minority groups, according to psychologist Brian Smedley.

Subtle and stunning slights

They may be unintentional, but microaggressions leave lasting hurt, say psychologists.

A new way to combat prejudice

Stanford University researcher Carol S. Dweck has found a way to change people’s minds to reduce prejudice and bullying.

Retraining the biased brain

Is it possible to break people of unconscious prejudice? One researcher’s work suggests it is.

Suppressing the 'white bears'

Meditation, mindfulness and other tools can help us avoid unwanted thoughts, says social psychologist Daniel Wegner.

How to eat better—mindlessly

Psychologist Brian Wansink says that small changes in our environment can help us overcome our natural tendency to overeat.

Protecting your aging brain

There is plenty we can do now to reduce our risk for Alzheimer’s disease, new research shows.

Must babies always breed marital discontent?

After having a baby, most married couples become less satisfied with their relationships, and that can have negative mental health consequences for their children.

Outing addiction

A famous Eugene O’Neill play enacted with Debra Winger at APA’s convention spurred discussion of ways psychologists can combat the stigma surrounding substance abuse.

Flourish 2051

Martin E.P. Seligman’s new initiative calls for a global boost in well-being by 2051.

The danger of stimulants

Stimulant drugs damage the brain’s decision-making abilities, revving up the course of addiction and making it harder for people to quit, research suggests.

Keys to making integrated care work

Psychologists discuss how to improve access to care for underserved populations.

PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs

During APA’s convention, a force of psychologists went to Capitol Hill to advocate for two psychology workforce programs.

The psychology of spending cuts

Now more than ever, key federal programs need psychologists’ support on Capitol Hill.

APA's strategic plan goes live

At its meeting during APA's Annual Convention, the Council of Representatives approved funds for APA's top priorities, including an analysis of psychology's workforce and an expansion of the association's public education campaign.

Bravo!

APA honors psychology's best at its 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Vote on bylaws amendments

Next month, APA members will be asked to vote on changes to the association’s bylaws that would alter guidelines for dues exemption.