Psychological Science Agenda
From the Executive DirectorSteven Breckler, PhD
Political interests have suppressed research on gun violence, depriving society of the tools needed to combat this pernicious problem.
- APA approves guidelines for research by elementary and secondary school students
Guidelines help promote public understanding of psychology as a STEM discipline.
- White House issues public access policy for publications and data
Policy will apply to research funded by major federal science agencies.
- Richard Atkinson funds major new prize for psychological and cognitive sciences
$200,000 prize will be sponsored by National Academy of Sciences.
Government Relations Update
- Congressional briefing highlights substance abuse research with military and veteran populations
APA and the Friends of NIDA coalition organize session on current scientific approaches to understanding and treating substance abuse among military personnel, veterans and families.
By Christine Jamieson
- APA Federal Budget Blog
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From the Science Student Council
- 2013 APA Academic Career Workshops
- Nominate your department or colleague for an APA Culture of Service Award
- APA award for psychology librarians: Call for nominations
- Call for nominations: 2014 APA Distinguished Scientific Awards Program
- Apply now for APA training in data mining techniques and non-linear methods
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Science highlights from the March Monitor
What draws us to Facebook
Psychologists and communication researchers are studying how Facebook so successfully lures us in.
'Like' it, or not
Psychology professors are making their courses a feature of their students' Facebook feeds in an effort to enliven class and enhance learning.
Smarter than ever?
Over the past century, the average IQ in industrialized countries has risen to keep pace with the complexity of modern life. IQ researcher James Flynn discusses why those gains have occurred and whether they are likely to continue.
The genetic dawn of mental illness
A genetic event 550 million years ago appears to have set the stage for our mental illnesses today.
I/O psychology goes to Mars
Research by industrial-organizational psychologists is guiding efforts to promote team cohesion among astronauts during the longest-ever manned space voyage: NASA's planned 2030 trip to Mars.
A champion of change
As a psychologist with a visual impairment, Maria Dolores Cimini advocates for access to STEM education for today's students with disabilities.
The pre-Alzheimer's brain
Neuropsychologists are among those identifying precursors to Alzheimer's — work that someday might lead to treatments to slow the disease's progression.
Psychologists are using distraction, exposure therapy and other strategies to ease anxiety among children who face medical scans, surgeries and other procedures.
Trash the ash
Curbing tobacco use — especially among vulnerable populations — requires targeting anti-smoking messages just as effectively as tobacco companies hawk cigarettes, said attendees at APA’s Tobacco Health Disparities meeting.
More PTSD among homeless vets
Homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are more likely to be haunted by PTSD than homeless vets of previous eras.
New study throws into doubt the universality of the ‘Big Five'
Research investigated members of hunter-gatherer tribe.
Snapshots of recently published findings.