March 2012 | Monitor on Psychology

Vol. 43 No. 3
Monitor on Psychology March 2012

On the Cover:
Virtual therapy

Online information


Tracking the scent of information

Cognitive psychologists have found that people search for information online in much the same way that animals hunt for food. Now those researchers are extending their theory to Twitter, Wikipedia and the rest of Web 2.0.



Mission: Afghanistan

Steven C. Norton is the first psychologist to work at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan — part of a State Department push to increase mental health services in war zones.



Revising your story

Social psychologist Timothy D. Wilson argues that behavior change may be easier than we think.

Gilded Age asylum


A home away from home

Luxurious accommodations were the staples of America’s Gilded Age asylums, which offered state-of-the-science treatment — for the rich only.

APA’s Dr. Norman B. Anderson, Dr. Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Dr. Katherine Nordal and YMCA’s Jonathan Lever discussed findings of the APA survey, “Stress in America: Our Health at Risk,” broadcast live on the Web on Jan. 11 from the Newseum in Washington, D.C.


'Our health at risk'

APA’s latest survey finds that many Americans don’t understand how stress can undermine their health.

APA endorses higher education guidelines

New standards for undergraduate learning aim to help universities serve students better.

Help for struggling veterans

Psychologists are involved in a new type of court that helps veterans on the wrong side of the law get the help they need to restart their lives.

Driving out cancer disparities

With a $1.7 million CDC grant, APA is rallying communities and psychologists to bring cancer prevention and care to underserved populations.

Bringing life into focus

A generation of adults who came of age too early to be diagnosed with childhood ADHD is finding that later-in-life treatment can bring great rewards.

Pay attention to me

Undiagnosed ADHD affects millions of adults — and their romantic relationships.

Matthew Davis, PhD


Taking psychology further

Early career psychologists who take an interdisciplinary approach are finding career satisfaction and more opportunities than ever.

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