Volume 9, Number 1

March, 2005

Submissions Welcome!

The Editors encourage submission of any announcements, and/or letters to the editors, regarding psychological science. 

Comments on the content and presentation of the newsletter are also appreciated.

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Editors, The Experimental Psychology Bulletin

Kristi S. Multhaup

Davidson College

(704) 894-2008


Mark E. Faust

Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte

(704) 687-3564


 Humor Needed…

Why waste your time subjecting your family and friends to your humor when you can elicit guffaws from your colleagues?  Send us your science related humor: krmulthaup@davidson.edu 

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Division Representatives



Alice Healy

University of Colorado

(303) 492-5032



Thomas R. Zentall

University of Kentucky

(859) 257-4076


Past President

Randall W. Engle

Georgia Institute of Technology

(404) 894-8036



David S. Gorfein

University of Texas at Arlington

(817) 272-3200



Charles L. Brewer

Furman University

(803) 2943216


Members-At-Large of the Executive Committee

Ralph R. Miller (8/04-07)

Binghamton Univ., SUNY

(607) 777-2291


Nelson Cowan (8/04-07)

University of Missouri

(573) 882-7710


Veronica J. Dark (8/03-06)

Iowa State University

(515) 294-1688


Thomas R. Zentall (8/03-06)

University of Kentucky

(859) 257-4076


Earl B. Hunt (8/02-05)

University of Washington

(206) 543-8995


Judith F. Kroll (8/02-05)

Pennsylvania State University

(814) 863-0126


Representative to APA Council

Lewis P. Lipsitt (8/04-07)

Brown University

(401) 863-2332


Emanuel E. Donchin (8/03-06)

University of South Florida

(813) 974-0466


Board of Directors

J. Bruce Overmier

University of Minnesota

(612) 625-1835


Committee Chairs

James H. Neely (Awards)

SUNY at Alabany

(518) 442-5013


Mark H. Ashcraft (Fellows)

Cleveland State University

(216) 687-2545


Randall W. Engle (Membership)

Georgia Institute of Technology

(404) 894-8036


Sharon L. Armstrong (Program)

LaSalle University

(215) 951-1297


Deborah Clawson (Program)

Catholic University of America

(202) 319-6263






President's Message

It's an Honor to Serve

Alice F. Healy, Division 3 President


My daughter Charlotte was initiated this fall into the high school National Honor Society.  What a nice honor that was!  However, I was shocked to learn that in order to continue to be in the society, Charlotte has to contribute 15 hours of community service a semester.  For a busy student that is a non-trivial requirement, and as her mother I was not pleased to find out that she now has more responsibilities in her hectic junior year of high school.  Yet the more I thought about this requirement, the more sense it made to me and the more I could relate it to my own experiences as an experimental psychologist.

Last year I went to a meeting sponsored by the APA Science Directorate aimed to discuss ways to encourage “a culture of service” to the discipline of psychology.  Psychologists are happy to devote as much time

How would our discipline fare if no one was willing to serve as a manuscript or grant reviewer or on professional society committees?


(Humor from members and the internet)

An MIT student spent an entire summer going to the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped shirt, walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing birdseed all over the field, blowing a whistle and then walking off the field. At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home football game, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle, and the game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off of the field. Legend has it that the guy wrote his thesis on this, and graduated.


Send humor to: krmulthaup@davidson.edu

as possible to research activities and at least as much as needed to teaching activities.  They also do the required department and university service.  Those activities often take so much time that there is little left available for service to the discipline, and such service activities are usually not rewarded to the same extent as are the research, teaching, and university service activities.  How would our discipline fare if no one was willing to serve as a manuscript or grant reviewer or on professional society committees?  All of these activities require a tremendous amount of time and effort, and those are our most precious commodities.  How can we encourage participation in them?  Perhaps the best way to encourage a culture of service in our discipline is to turn such service activities into honors, following the high school example.

Wait a minute.  Isn’t that exactly what we already do?  Being on an editorial board or grant review panel or being a journal editor or officer of a professional society is a big honor.  However, that honor also brings with it a huge amount of work.  Is it worth it?  Do the costs in terms of time and effort make up for the benefits in terms of the honor?  I have found that they usually do.  Let me give you just one personal example.  It has undoubtedly been worthwhile for me to serve as President of Division 3.  Not only has it been an honor, but also there have been many perks associated with this job.  Here are just a few of them:  First, I had the opportunity to write an autobiography (which was published in The Experimental Psychology Bulletin last year).  I really had fun writing it, and it is something I could share with my own mother, friends, and students.  Second, I had the opportunity to attend the APA Division Leadership Conference in Washington.  Apart from the poor weather (all schools in DC were closed due to a blizzard during my first few days of that trip!), I had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  I even had a fabulous dinner one night with a small group of psychologists including Bob Sternberg (the APA Past President) and Gerry Koocher (the recently named APA President Elect).  Third, I had the opportunity to attend the APA convention in Hawaii last summer.  Ever since I read James A. Michner’s book Hawaii when I was in high school, I wanted to visit that island, but this was my first chance to do so.  Hawaii certainly lived up to my expectations and to its reputation as “paradise.”  Fourth, I had the opportunity to write an extra article for the last issue of The Experimental Psychology Bulletin, allowing me to pay tribute to my three senior colleagues at Colorado—Professors Bourne, Kintsch, and Landauer—and to advertise a Triple Festschrift volume I edited for them.  Fifth, I will have the opportunity to deliver a presidential address at the upcoming APA convention in Washington. It is rare for me to have the chance to present my research in an hour-long talk to a large group of psychologists.  I’m looking forward to that occasion very much. 

Maybe this example doesn’t convince you to serve the profession.  You might think that you just don’t want to spend the time needed to devote to such activities, despite any possible perks.  Perhaps you’d rather spend some extra money in dues to our professional societies to get paid staff members to do what’s required instead.  That is the option I chose when all parents of performers were asked to serve the Boulder Youth Symphony, where my daughter Charlotte plays the clarinet.  They told us that we could waive our service requirement if we would be willing to pay an extra fee.  I didn’t hesitate to send them a check.  Would that be a wise decision when it comes to service to the profession?  I don’t think so.  The APA does employ numerous staff members, and most of them are top notch.  Nevertheless, such workers, who are typically not psychologists themselves, cannot replace psychologists in activities requiring our expertise.  If we want our journals to publish the best articles, if we want the most deserving grants to be funded, and if we want our societies to represent us persuasively in Congress, we all need to bite the bullet and serve the profession ourselves.  I think that serving in this way can really be viewed as an honor and privilege.  I hope you agree.