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Archives for weekly "Did You Know..."

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December 7, 2008
... ChangingMinds.org is the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change what others think, believe, feel and do. The site contains information and research into the techniques and principles behind persuasion.
November 30, 2008
... there is an overlap between Psychology and Philosophy called "Experimental Philosophy. Learn more about Experimental Philosophy at the Experimental Philosophy Page, including press coverage of the topic, explanations of the field, and listings of people who conduct Experimental Philosophy research.
November 23, 2008
... when was the term "debriefing" first used? The term debriefing, borrowed from British military jargon, was first used in its psychological context in an article by Stanley Milgram published in the American Psychologist. Milgram used the term to describe the postexperimental measures taken in his studies of obedience. Learn more fun historical facts about psychology from "Today in the History of Psychology" from APA Historical Database Online.
November 16, 2008
... the color red makes men amorous? According to a recently published study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, two University of Rochester psychologists conducted a series of experiments that showed that red makes men feel more amorous toward women, even though males aren't aware of the impact red has on their feelings.
November 9, 2008
... that TeachPsych.Org develops and distributes a variety of peer-reviewed teaching and advising materials through the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology, including providing services to teachers of psychology at all levels on behalf of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
November 2, 2008
... does your personality influence who you vote for? With tomorrows upcoming Presidential Election in the US, a recent article from Science Daily describes research on the personality characteristics of liberals and conservatives. How do you match up?
October 26, 2008
... there is a new website called Psychologists for Social Responsibility which is an independent, non-profit organization started over 25 years ago that applies psychological knowledge and skills to build cultures of peace with justice. The new site includes a variety of features aimed at building community, including a "What’s New" section, "PsySR Member Perspectives," the "PsySR Blog," and other opportunities to contribute your knowledge to our collective effort.
October 19, 2008
... the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) has a Self-Scoring Exercise on APA Style and Research Language that gives students the opportunity to act as editors by correcting errors in a mock discussion section. In checking the errors they have located against the corrected version of the discussion section, students learn how to use APA style and obtain resource information for their future writing projects.
October 12, 2008
... there is a new website for those interested in the study of power, status or influence, called the PSI Network. The website aims to help scholars publicize and share recent and ongoing research through several tools: a searchable database of research articles; a list of current works in preparation or under review; and a compendium of teaching syllabi.
October 5, 2008
... AllPsych Online - The Virtual Psychology Classroom provides a psychology reference section, including a 500+ word psychology dictionary, biographies of famous psychologists, an extended timeline of psychology history, recommended books, and more.
September 21, 2008
... a generous gift by Robert Cialdini to the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology has endowed an annual award for a published paper that employs primarily field research methods and contexts. Eligible papers are those published as papers in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during calendar year 2007. The deadline for nominations is October 6, 2008. For more information, see this page.
September 14, 2008
... each year Beloit College conducts the MindSet survey to identify the experiences that have shaped the lives, and formed the mindset, of students starting their post-secondary education this fall. The Mindset List was initially a witty way of saying "watch your references" to teachers would wanted a list of real-world examples that entering college students would understand and respond to. Over time the list has turned into a globally reported and utilized guide to the intelligent but unprepared adolescent consciousness.
September 7, 2008
... the Wisdom Research Network from the University of Chicago has launched a new web site in its effort to cultivate interdisciplinary research on the nature and benefits of wisdom. This international networking utility enables scholars and scientists from all academic disciplines to exchange ideas through online discussion forums. Wisdom-related news and recent publications are posted regularly, along with updates on the progress of the current Defining Wisdom grant competition.
August 31, 2008
... a new psychology organization was recently founded -- The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). The purpose of this organization is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioners around the world who are interested in this new field. See here for benefits of membership and the upcoming First World Congress of Positive Psychology.
August 24, 2008
... the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP) has a new resource: "Enhancing the Physiological Psychology Course through the Development of Neuroanatomy Laboratory Experiences and Integrative Exercises" by Steven A. Lloyd (North Georgia College & State University). The guide includes 10 assignments, answer keys, and references that reinforce and expand upon students' learning and stimulate interesting class discussions.
August 17, 2008
... with the advent of open source programming there are many more statistical programs other than SPSS and SAS which are equally robust and technologically proficient. Wikipedia has good pages about listing of all statistical programs and descriptive comparison of each.
August 10, 2008
... two long-time instructors of research methodology have developed a new blog called Correlation & Causality Blog which aims to be a one-stop webpage of record on correlation and causality, including information, discussion, and weblinks. Correlation and causality are issues that pervade not only the sciences, but other fields such as philosophy, law, and public policy.
August 3, 2008
... EAESP/SPSSI International Small Conferences provides funding to organize a small conference with a theme related to social issues and international relevance, with the purpose to help strengthen links between the two organizations. Proposals are invited by August 1 for small group conferences to be held in 2009.
July 20, 2008
... Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) publishes Teaching of Psychology, a quarterly journal devoted to the improvement of teaching and learning. Teaching of Psychology is a source book for teaching methods and as a forum for new ideas.
July 13, 2008
... SPSSI provides funding for International Travel Awards to facilitate the participation of international students to participate in SPSSI’s biennial conventions. Up to 5 grants, in the amount of $500 each are typically awarded to international scholars for travel to the SPSSI convention. Must be a dues-current SPSSI member, and be enrolled in a program outside of North America to be eligible.
July 6, 2008
... a recent MSNBC article discusses an interesting new study published in the May issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology showing that breakups actually tend to be less heartbreaking than we initially fear. And not only is the initial breakup not as crushing as we expect, but the recovery time is also much quicker than we might imagine.
June 29, 2008
... APF offers the Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award which recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology. The awardee receives a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expense paid round trip to the APA annual convention, where the award is presented. See the APF website for details.
June, 22, 2008
... there is a wiki of resources for the teaching of personality psychology called Personality Pedagogy that is sponsored by a grant from APS to establish an online community of teacher-scholars that provides support and resources for the teaching of personality psychology. The resources include links, examples, audio-visual material, slides, discussions, and documents.
June 15, 2008
... there is a podcast series by Christopher Green from York University in Toronto Canada about "This Week in the History of Psychology." Each episode is about 25 minutes in length and is freely available to anyone who is interested in the topic. The focus of each episode is an interview with an expert on a featured event that occurred during that particular week in psychology's past. In addition, each episode begins with brief descriptions of several events from that week and ends with a celebration of the week's birthdays (and other anniversaries).
June 8, 2008
... the American Psychological Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2009 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology in four categories: Application, Science, Public Interest, and Practice. Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America.
June 1, 2008
... a recent Newsweek article entitled "A Culture Rethinks Psychology" describes how for the first time in its history the Chinese government ordered a large-scale mobilization of mental-health workers alongside disaster-relief personnel to help assist after the recent devastating earthquakes in Sichuan.
May 25, 2008
... the Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists (ASPP), a caucus of the Representatives of APA, is providing an expense paid trip to the February 2009 Council meeting in Washington DC for a doctoral student in psychology to become familiar with the governance structure of the APA Council and the caucuses and how they work. At the Council meeting the student who receives the award will be mentored by the Chair of the ASPP. Learn more here.
May 18, 2008
... there is a website that provides resources for teaching social psychology, called CROW -- Course Resources on the Web sponsored by the Associated Colleges of Illinois. The site contains course assignments, activities, lectures, online studies, student resources, and other web-based activities.
May 11, 2008
... the Graduate Student Section of APA, called APAGS, is offering Travel Awards for first-time attendees to the national convention. A total of five $1,000 travel awards will be offered this year. To apply, see the Travel Awards website for information about writing the application essay and submitting it along with your CV by May 22.
May 4, 2008
... there is a website called Statistics.com that offers online courses, tutoring, consultations, discussion boards, and glossary of statistical terms. See the list of courses here and see the list of faculty here.
April 27, 2008
... AllPsych Online - The Virtual Psychology Classroom provides psychology related material such as free e- textbooks for Psychology 101, Statistics, Research Methods, Personality. Each of these texts covers the related theories, research, and psychological phenomena on the topic.
April 20, 2008
... Lawrence Fellows Postdoctoral program accepts 8 Fellows per year to develop a record of excellence in teaching and research in a liberal arts college setting. The program is a two-year appointment during which they teach courses, offer individualized instruction opportunities to students, and continue their professional activities as scholars and/or performers. These full-time fellowships carry a stipend of $35,000 per year, plus benefits, and a $2500 annual fund to support research, travel, and other initiatives. Applicants must have received the PhD within the past five years.
April 13, 2008
... the Graduate Student section of APA has created the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award to celebrate APAGS 20th anniversary. Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduate students who best represent future pioneering leaders of psychology. Candidates from diverse science and clinical training programs, as well as from diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. See the APAGS website for more information.
April 6, 2006
... eHarmony Labs is a research group conducting applied research on relationships. The site is designed for the public as well as psychology students, professors, and anyone with an interest in relationship research. The site contains empirical research on the initiation, growth, and maintenance of close relationships, and on-going studies about relationships. They recently launched the eHarmony Labs blog, which includes overviews and commentary about peer reviewed articles and other psychological research.
March 30, 2008
... there is a newly developed international organization for researchers who study motivation, called the Society for the Study of Motivation. The society is an interdisciplinary organization that provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information, fosters discussion of new ideas and findings on motivation among researchers, and encourages exchange and collaboration in research. It will do this through a list serve, online information exchange, annual conferences, and a journal dedicated exclusively to motivation research.
March 23, 2008
... "the best marriages are those where women marry men who are less attractive than themselves". An article in the Journal of Family Psychology found that married men who were better looking than their spouse was more unhappy with the marriage; and married woman better looking than their husbands were content. Why? See this news article for more info.
March 16, 2008
... the Southern Poverty Law Center has resources for teaching the psychology bias and tolerance. The SPLC is a civil rights organization associated with Tolerance.org that provides classroom activities, handbooks, websites, and tolerance educational programs, as well as a Grants Program for teachers and classrooms.
March 9, 2008
... APA has a summer training program for undergraduates called the Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology (ASTP) program which is a 9-day hands-on seminar in which students learn about psychological statistics and research methods. The program also includes instruction in maximizing one's chances of being admitted to graduate school and maximizing one's chances of being happy and successful once admitted. This year's program is held at the University of Maryland, July 12-20. The deadline for applications is March 17th. Financial assistance is available.
March 2, 2008
... the biennial SPSSI Convention provides Diversity Travel Awards and Diversity Poster Awards to promote and recognize outstanding research by graduate students and junior scholars that relates to diversity issues and policy. This year's convention is June 27-29th in Chicago, Illinois. The poster deadline has been extended to March 31. For information and requirements, see the SPSSI Convention website.
February 24, 2008
... the APA Science Directorate has a new program for 2008 -- the Undergraduate Summer Science Fellowships (SSF) which is an expenses-paid summer training program that allows 12 undergraduate students to work with researchers in the Washington, DC area for up to 6 weeks. By experiencing cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities, SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills essential to success in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty. Students will be provided with travel funds, stipend for living expenses, and a summer salary. Applications are due Monday, March 3, 2008.
February 17, 2008
... the James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship from SPSSI supports a scholar who represents SPSSI in approved policy and advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. The Scholar splits time between SPSSI Central Office and the Government Relations Office of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C. The current stipend is $55,000 per year plus health and vacation benefits. The deadline is March 1st.
February 10, 2008
... APA Science Directorate sponsors Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) each summer. These intensive training programs are hosted each summer at prominent research institutions across the country. ATIs expose advanced graduate students, new and established faculty, post-docs, and other researchers to state-of-the-art research methods and emerging technologies. There are five ATIs in Summer '08. See the criteria page for application instructions.
February 3, 2008
... there is an online course from the University of New Hampshire about "Preparing to Teach a Psychology Course" from June 1 to July 25 that teaches graduate students and faculty how to design a psychology course, craft a syllabus, complete a statement of teaching philosophy, and complete teaching modules for the course. The online course has been attended by over 200 people from across the globe for the last seven years, and serves an excellent introduction to the skills necessary to teach a psychology course.
January 27, 2008
... new research suggests that being too happy can be a problem. Researchers from the University of Virginia, the University of Illinois and Michigan State University, examined data from the large-scale "World Values Survey" regarding happiness and related constructs. Although happiness is related to many positive outcomes in terms of money, employment, and relationships, the researchers found that those individuals who ranked themselves at the top of the 10-point happiness scale were actually less successful, had less educational achievements, and less political engagement as compared to the more moderately happy people who scored 8s and 9s on the 10-point scale. The theorizing is that being overly happy is counterproductive because there is less motivation to change your behavior to improve your life.
January 20, 2008
... to address the rapidly growing intersection of neuroscience and law, the Law and Neuroscience Project at UCSB received a three-year $10 million MacArthur Foundation grant to bring together social scientists and legal scholars to examine neuroscience applications to the practice of law. The initial focus is on three major research topics in criminal responsibility: Diminished Brains, Addiction, and Decision-making. There is also a Education and Outreach Program designed to inform the public through the media, and to provide training in relevant neuroscience for legal officials. In the next three years, the goals of the Project are to arrange conferences, produce scholarship, create course materials, and aid those doing interdisciplinary research on neuroscience and the law.
January 13, 2008
... there is a website devoted to LGBT issues called AFFIRM: Psychologists Affirming their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family that contains information and resources about LGBT issues such as a listserv and sets of bibliographies about various areas in the LGB clinical and research literature.
January 6, 2008
... EAESP / SPSSI provides funding to you to create your own International Small Conferences with a theme related to social issues and international relevance, with the purpose to help strengthen links between the two organizations so that members of each have opportunities to discuss research questions of mutual interest. Conference organizers also have the opportunity to facilitate publication of material on the conference topic through the Journal of Social Issues or SPSSI's edited book series. Both SPSSI and EAESP will provide $3500, for a total grant of $7000 to support the selected meeting.
December 16, 2007
... the Grant Institute hosts grant writing workshops for academic researchers, program planners, nonprofit professionals, and public sector administration employees. The workshops are intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. The website provides the listings of upcoming workshops, including the "Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop" to be held at University of San Diego, January 9-11, 2008. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing.
December 9, 2007
... European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP) hosts a Summer School every two years, and this year the 2008 Summer School is in Cardiff, Wales, UK. The main goal is to familiarize students with the latest theoretical, methodological, and empirical developments in specific subfields of social psychology. An equally important function is to facilitate contact among young scholars from different countries, encouraging collaborative relationships and research. To learn about the Summer School and how to apply by the January 15th deadline, see the Summer School website. To learn how SPSP will help defray the cost of travel, board, lodging, and registration, see the SPSP website.
December 2, 2007
... that there is a new website on reducing stereotype threat that includes a review of research on its causes, consequences, and means for reducing its impact. Stereotype Threat refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one's group. Stereotype threat produces numerous negative consequences including self-handicapping and reduced performance, and the website describes research into the underlying mechanisms and how to reduce stereotype threat. The site is targeted to multiple communities including research scholars, college faculty, teachers, and the general public.
November 25, 2007
... that APA has an Online Psychology Laboratory that provides interactive resources for the teaching of psychological science. OPL offers new and classic studies in psychology that students can participate in, and then analyze data from the experiences. The peer-reviewed materials include online studies and correlational studies, large data sets, demonstrations, and teaching aids. If you are a teacher, links to related pedagogical tools are located in the resources section of this site. All resources contained in OPL have been reviewed by an Advisory Board comprised of faculty from high schools, community colleges, and university campuses. There is also a Teacher Tour section to help teachers learn how to use OPL to teach psychology.
November 18, 2007
... the Student Section at APS is seeking nominations for "Champions of Psychology" for the APS Observer. If there is anyone whom you admire -- a teacher, researcher, mentor, or advisor -- or has had a positive influence on you, nominate them to be profiled in the Observer as a Champion of Psychology. International nominations are encouraged. For more information, contact the Student Notebook Editor found on this page.
November 11, 2007
... what happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions posed in the simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University. The official website of the Stanford Prison Experiment has a slide show of the experiment and materials used in the study. The website also provides selected lectures and presentations to help teachers more effectively explain what the experiment tells us about the nature of human nature.
November 4, 2007
... this week marks the 50th week of posting "Did You Know"s, so we have created an archive page of all the past week's entries for "Did You Know...".
October 28, 2007
... there is a blog from Harvard Law School called The Situationist that examines social science research applied to legal thought using a "situationist" perspective founded in social psychology. The blog is part of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences and is a forum scholars, students, lawyers, policymakers, and interested citizens to examine, discuss, and debate the effect of situational forces – that is, non-salient factors around and within us – on law, policy, politics, policy theory, and our social, political, and economic institutions.
October 21, 2007
... there is a psychology podcast at The PsychFiles.com designed for students and teachers of psychology. Episodes are typically 20-25 minutes and each maps onto a specific topic, chapter, or current event in the field of psychology. In addition to the podcast, the website contains references to articles, downloadable concept maps, and interactive quizzes. The podcast is free and can be easily subscribed to in iTunes. New episodes are released about every 2 weeks. See this week's podcast here.
October 14, 2007
... when was the first psychology experiment conducted? Was it B.C. or A.D.? Find out the answer to that question and more information about the history of psychology at the Psychology Museum and Resource Center at Oklahoma State University.
October 7, 2007
... there are macros for SPSS and SAS that simultaneously perform the different types of mediational analysis for the (1) Baron & Kenny method, (2) sobel method, and (3) bootstrapping method. Preacher and Hayes provide macros for simple mediation and multiple mediation as well as provide papers describing the basics behind mediation and how to use the macros to conduct simple and multiple mediational analysis.
September 30, 2007
... the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) has established a fund devoted to increasing diversity within personality and social psychology, and creating a climate supportive of a diverse membership. As part of this initiative, the Diversity and Climate Committee offers Undergraduate Registration Awards and Graduate Travel Awards for the 2008 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For eligibility and application information, see the Awards section of the SPSP 2008 Conference web site.
Septmeber 23, 2007
... the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is accepting nominations for the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize honoring the memory of the late Dr. Gordon W. Allport, a founder and past president of SPSSI. An award of $1000 is given to "the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations". The research area of intergroup relations includes such dimensions as socioeconomic status, age, gender, and ethnicity. Entries can be either papers published during the current year or unpublished manuscripts. Applications must be received by October 5, 2007. The winners will be announced by December 5, 2007. Learn more on the SPSSI page.
September 16, 2007
... the 2008 American National Election Study (ANES) national survey, called the "2008 Time Series" survey, is now accepting proposals for questions to be added to the survey. The 2008 ANES will continue a 50+ year tradition of interviewing a large, nationally representative sample of American adults face-to-face in their homes for over an hour twice, once just before the 2008 election and again just afterward. The ANES is a data center that produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national elections. See the official website for more information.
September 9, 2007
... there is a SPSS listserv where experts can answer your questions. While there are many useful books about SPSS, the great benefit of the internet is instant (and free) access to people who know the answers to your questions about using SPSS. There is also a SPSS Group in "GoogleGroups" which may answer your questions, and Raynald's SPSS Tools website says he can also answer questions directed to him about SPSS. You can also learn more about online SPSS tutorial on Psychwiki's SPSS page.
September 2, 2007
... the Student Section at APS is looking for motivated individuals to serve as reviewers for the Student Grant Competition and/or the Student Research Award competition. Reviewing is not a huge time commitment and looks great on your vita by providing experience with the review process. Undergraduate and graduate Student Affiliates are eligible to be reviewers for an APSSC competition. For more information about reviewing for either or both competitions, and to learn how to become a reviewer, see the APS Student Section website (APSSC).
August 26, 2007
... there is a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to international research in social psychology as well as a forum for scientific discussion and debate called Social Psychology. The first issue of Social Psychology will appear in January 2008, and there will be four issues per year. The journal welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions to basic research in social psychology, to methodology and philosophy of science related to social psychology, as well as contributions covering research in any of the applied fields of social psychology, such as economics, marketing, politics, law, sports, the environment, or health. Learn more at the journal website.
August 19, 2007
... APS Student Section (APSSC) has a Mentorship Program designed to help undergraduate students navigate their current research plans and future career goals in the field of psychology. Are you an undergraduate student looking for the inside scoop about all things related to graduate school and research? Join the APSSC Mentorship Program, a program which aims to set you up with a graduate student who has been through the whole process and can help you begin your own. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
Or, do you have just a few questions you would like to ask, but do not feel like you need a peer mentor? Send any graduate school or professional development questions to the Undergraduate Advocate listed on this page, and she will contact graduate students and faculty as needed to find solid answers to your concerns.
August 12, 2007
... there is a daily blog about news items relevant to the history of psychology drawn from journals, conferences, other internet sites, general news, and etc. The website, Advances in the History of Psychology also includes commentaries and reviews of issues and ideas relevant to the history of psychology. Readers can submit opinions and comments as well about each article.
August 5, 2007
... the APS Student Section (APSSC) is seeking articles from graduate and undergraduate student affiliates for the Observer, the monthly newsletter of APS. This is an excellent opportunity to publish your ideas and build your resume at the same time. For more information, see the "Student Notebook Editor" on the APSSC webpage.
July 29, 2007
... there is a Yahoo Group devoted to sharing information and resources about Psychometric Social and Organizational Assessment Tools for psychologists, researchers, managers, students, social workers, social/ behavioral scientists and HRD specialists. PsychoMetry-Tests shares information/resources on using, administering, and analyzing scales for purposes of academic research, social development, personality development and management practice. Resources include case studies, articles, answers to other member's queries, public-domain scales/tests, announcements regarding conferences/workshops/jobs etc. The group also intends to develop an online repository/handbook of psychometric social/organizational assessment instruments through member inputs.
July 22, 2007
... there is software called Interaction! created by a graduate student in the Information Systems department at Arizona State University which tests interactions between dichotomous, categorical, or continuous variables. Given that statistical programs like SPSS do not provide "point-and-click" commands for analyzing interactions, this software is very helpful, especially since it also plots interaction graphs.
July 15, 2007
... that the deadline for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) 9th Annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is this Friday July 20, 2007. Submissions may be in the form of symposia or poster presentations and must be submitted electronically via the conference web site. The conference is held on February 7-9, 2008.
July 8, 2007
... the Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within Society for Personality and Social Psychology presents an annual award to a relatively new investigator who has made an original and important contributions to relationship research. The recipient of this award will be invited to give an award address at the 2008 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference. The primary selection criterion is an outstanding record of original research in the general area of close relationships. Because this award recognizes a new investigator, nominees will typically have received their PhD within the past 8 years, and will most often be Assistant Professors. Nominations can be sent electronically to Nancy Collins, co-chair of the 2008 RRIG Awards Committee. The deadline is July 15, 2007.
June 31, 2007
... the SPSP Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is starting a new "Monthly Discussion Question" feature on the graduate student listserv. We hope that through monthly discussions, graduate students will be able to gain valuable information from each other and share their experiences and knowledge on the topics. Please feel free to send any feedback you have about the monthly discussions. Learn more about the GSC and the listserve here.
June 24, 2007
... Psychology Without Borders offers Mission Awards for research and action oriented projects that help further knowledge and resources that facilitates intervention, research, education, policy development and community building in areas impacted by terror or disaster, with the overarching goals of alleviating psychological suffering and enhancing knowledge that can benefit future survivors of terror or disaster. Projects of $5,000 - $10,000 (USD) will be funded with an expected project duration of one year. Application are due by Friday, September 14th. Learn more at PsychWiki's Grant Funding page, or visit the PWOB website.
June 17, 2007
... there is a new website by psychology researchers called YourMorals.Org where you can learn about your own morality while contributing to scientific research on moral psychology. You can explore your own morals by taking online surveys which generate feedback about your answers. To learn more about moral psychology, you can also see the webpages of the researchers here.
June 10, 2007
... the deadline for the Theoretical Innovation Prize from SPSP is June 29, 2007. The Theoretical Innovation Prize recognizes an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year. Any kind of innovative theoretical contribution can be considered for the prize, including presentations of new theories, new theory-based integrations of disparate areas of inquiry, and significant extensions of existing theories to new areas of inquiry. Eligible articles are those published as papers in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during calendar year 2006. Books and unpublished manuscripts are not eligible. To nominate an article or chapter for consideration, see this webpage.
June 3, 2007
... the Publications Committee and the Executive Committee of the Society for Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP) have opened nominations for editorship of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (PSPB). The editor's term will be for four years. Receipt of manuscripts will begin October 1, 2008 or earlier. The editor's stature in the field should be commensurate with PSPB's high quality and impact; the editor typically holds the rank of professor. Nominations, which may include self-nominations, should be in the form of a statement of one page or less. Submission of a CV is helpful but not required. All inquiries or nominations should be submitted to Richard Petty via email or regular mail which can be found here.
May 27, 2007
... that APA's Committee on International Relations is developing a psychology speaker's bureau for the United Nations by compiling a list of APA members living in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut area who would be willing to speak without charge at the UN and who are considered experts in their field and effective speakers. There are several categories or topic areas that often come up at the UN, such as children's mental health, disarmament, women's mental health, Indigenous People, racism and related intolerances, physical health (especially HIV/AIDS), disaster relief, aging, human rights, refugees, peace and security, humanitarian affairs, poverty, family, and etc. If you are interested in becoming a speaker, contact the President of your APA division.
May 20, 2007
... deadlines are fast approaching for APA Awards. June 1st is the deadline for submitting nominations for the APA Scientific Awards Program and then June 15th is the deadline for the APA Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology. See PsychWiki’s Grant Funding page for funding opportunities.
May 13, 2007
... the placebo effect can cause you to become healthier! A recent article in Newsweek by Wray Herbert* reports on a research study in the February issue of Psychological Science in which two Harvard psychologists researched the placebo effect by visiting hotels in the Boston area and informing half of the cleaning staff that the tasks they performed every day (making beds, cleaning bathrooms, etc) was enough daily exercise to meet U.S. Surgeon General's health recommendations. The other half of the participants were not told the same information. At the end of one month, the now exercise-savvy maids not only perceived themselves as being healthier and more active than before, but they actually had lost weight, while improving BMI, fat distribution & systolic blood pressure.
* Wray Herbert is the Director of Public Affairs for Association for Psychological Science who writes a column for Newsweek.com called "Mind Matters", and who has a weblog of recent newsworthy research findings called "We’re Only Human...".
April 29, 2007
... that there is a new social perception website - www.youjustgetme.com - started by psychology researchers where you can judge others and get judged by others on a range of personality traits; the website will then generate feedback on how you are seen and how accurately you see others. Guess random people's personality. Invite your friends to guess yours. In about a tenth of a second, people make up their minds whether others are likable and competent. But are they accurate? See for yourself.
April 22, 2007
... the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) invites abstracts for symposia, oral presentations, and posters on any topic related to judgment and decision making for the 2007 conference to be held in Long Beach, CA on November 17-19, 2007. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2007. Three awards are available: the Best Student Poster Award is given for the best poster presentation whose first author is a student member of SJDM, the Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award is intended to encourage outstanding work by new researchers, and the Jane Beattie Memorial Fund subsidizes travel to North America for a foreign scholar in pursuits related to judgment and decision research, including the SJDM conference.
April 15, 2007
... the SPSSI Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service (Alexander Award) award was established in 2005 to recognize early career excellence in scholarship as well as in service. For this award, scholarship is defined in terms of substantive academic (theoretical, empirical, or applied) contributions to the psychological study of social issues, while service is defined as professional and/or community service. To be eligible for the award, the nominee should be a member of SPSSI and have received her/his Ph.D. within the last 5 years. Applications must be received by May 1.
April 9, 2007
... that the first-ever joint meeting of the International Colloquium on Conflict and Aggression (CICA) and the International Society for Terrorism Research (STR) will be meeting on September 27-30, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. The submission deadline of May 1st is fast approaching. See the conference website for more details about the conference.
April 1, 2007
... there are many different short-term statistics and methodology workshops being offered this summer in psychology departments around the United States. Dr. Alan Reifman has collected together a compendium of such programs on his statistics blog. Many deadlines are fast approaching! Also, many workshops offer travel funds and fellowships to qualified applicants so be sure to look carefully through the requirements for each workshop before applying.
March 25, 2007
... the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) is launching a new journal-- Emotion Review. Emotion Review will publish articles presenting new theories, offering conceptual analyses, reviewing the literature, and debating and critiquing conceptual issues about emotion, with emotion broadly defined. It will publish reports of empirical studies when they make a substantial theoretical contribution.The first issues will appear in January, April, July and October of 2009.
March 18, 2007
... that SPSP and Social Psychology Network have collaborated on a Mentorship Program to facilitate the career development of students who come from underrepresented groups. In this program, students can email a faculty mentor of their choice with career-related questions or requests for assistance. More than 300 volunteer mentors are available through a mentor database searchable by keyword, research interests, school, or geographic region. See the Mentorship Program website for more information, including how to become a faculty mentor.
March 11, 2007
... the 10th annual Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology will be held at the Coogee Bay Hotel, March 13-15. The aim of the Sydney Symposia is to provide new, integrative insights into key areas of contemporary research in the field. Each Symposium deals with an important current theme in social psychology. This year’s theme is "Social Relationships: Cognitive, Affective and Motivational Processes". The tentative program can be found here.
March 4, 2007
... the APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for a relatively new award that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through service as members of federal or non-federal research funding, regulatory or other agencies. This Meritorious Research Service Commendation honors contributions to the field that directly or indirectly advances opportunities and resources for psychological science.
February 18, 2007
... new research in the upcoming March issue of Psychological Science suggests that efforts to increase improved statistical practices in psychological research may be paying off... See the following article to learn more about how psychology journals are increasingly changing emphasis away from null hypothesis testing to estimation of effect sizes.
February 11, 2007
... the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP-Psychology) at the University of Utah offers a 8-10 week internship from June 2 through August 3 for both undergraduate and pre-masters level graduate students from underrepresented groups in psychology. During the summer semester, students conduct original research with a faculty mentor and attend weekly seminars on preparation for a research career in psychology. See the application for more information including the March 5th deadline and the stipend amount which covers travel, room & board, and tuition for all students selected into the program.
February 4, 2007
... some University websites provide free access to online articles such as the University of California's eScholarship Repository with over 15,640 papers, and the University of Connecticut's Digital Commons Repository.
January 28, 2007
... the University of Pittsburgh has a global repository of lectures called Supercourse where 38,000 scientists in 151 countries share for FREE a library of over 2,800 lectures on various health related topics, many of which are relevant to conducting psychology research, such a section on Basic Concepts, Principles, and Methods.
January 21, 2007
... NIH has developed a new web-based tool that allows you to determine the dollars awarded by NIH to any organization or department. The tool will allow you to download aggregate data, on a per fiscal year basis, so that you can conduct your own analysis. Look up any psychology department, including your own, to see total dollars awarded to the department and the number of grants awarded by NIH.
January 14, 2007
... that there is a list serve dedicated to positive psychology. You can browse the archives and subscribe/unsubscribe at the APA Listserv Homepage for positive psychology.
January 7, 2007
... Researchers at Binghamton University have measured holiday spirit! A field study throughout the Binghamton community during a five-day period from December 16-20 used a scoring system to identify the houses and businesses with the most holiday decorations. The data was then converted into a topographical map of the city to show clusters of high and low density of holiday spirit. See the full story to learn why researchers believe that community spirit is a type of “social capital” that can influence neighborhood-related concerns like crime and healthy child development.
December 17, 2006
... the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) holds a biannual Summer School for predoctoral students to learn the latest theoretical, methodological, and empirical developments in personality and social psychology. The NSF funded summer school is a two-week intensive program for 100 graduate students held this year at the University of Texas in Austin. The fee for each student is $200, and a limited number of scholarships are available. The application deadline is January 31, 2007.
December 10, 2006
... a recent survey by William Buskist & Jessica Irons published in the APS Observer found teaching experience and skills matter in today’s academic job market for new Ph.Ds. See the following article which details why its important to obtain teaching experience as a graduate student and why many PhD programs don’t encourage or provide these critical teaching skills - Teaching Matters.
December 3, 2006
... eBay buyers and real-estate brokers are using the power of social psychology in action by applying the insights from a recent JPSP article by Ku, Galinsky, and Murnighan that used online auctions to show that lower starting prices result in higher final prices. See the following recent newstories about how "eBay sellers go back to school" and about how a real estate broker uses the science of social psychology to list a three bedroom home for $1.
November 26, 2006
... the American Council of Learned Societies created a project called the Social Science Translation Project (SSTP) with financial support from the Ford Foundation to bring together a group of translators, editors, and social scientists to discuss problems arising from the translation of a variety of texts that employ social-scientific concepts.
November 19, 2006
... there is an entire website devoted to the "Jigsaw Classroom" learning technique at http://www.jigsaw.org/ created by Elliot Aronson himself.
November 12, 2006
... the Gallup Organization is undertaking a 100 year survey where they ask people in over 130 countries around the world the same base of questions concerning topics like progress toward development goals, and satisfaction in various life domains.
November 5, 2006
... Association for Psychological Science (APS) has a weblog of recent newsworthy research findings in psychological science called "We’re Only Human..." by the Director of Public Affairs Wray Herbert who is also a columnist for Newsweek.com for the "Mind Matters" column.
October 29, 2006
... there is an online effect size calculator on the Lyons & Morris website that allows you to calculate r, d, and z from different test statistics like t-test, ANOVA, chi-square, p-values, etc.
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