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.

Submit to:


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 

Division 3 E-mail Listserve Access

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Questions:  Send e-mail to Neal Johnson, Ohio State University, johnson64@osu.edu

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








  Candidate Division 3 Officers

The candidates for Div 3 officers as submitted to APA are:

President: Veronica Dark, Howard Egeth, David Gorfein

Executive Committee (2 to be elected to a 3 year term and 1 to replace Tom Zentall for 1 year when he becomes President this summer): Mark Ashcraft, Steve Goldinger, Mark McDaniel, Valerie Reyna, and Jonathan Vaughan

Each candidate will be invited to submit a 250 word statement to appear on APAs website. See below:

  New APA Election Policy

APA has adopted a new policy this year in which each candidate for Division office is permitted to file a 250 word statement on a website that will be called to the attention of voters at the time of election. The website is www.apa.org/governance. Once there, click on candidate statement to proceed. You will need to know your membership number (username) and user ID (generally your last name) to access the site. A drop-down will ask division name and office (to be check-marked). Statements may be typed or pasted in the box. There is an April 15th deadline for submission. Though voters will be told of the website there is of course no guarantee that they will be read.

  Call for 2006 APA Scientific Award


The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) invites nominations for its 2006 scientific awards program.  The Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.  The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for the Applications of Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination; the nominee's current vita with list of publications; the names and addresses of several scientists who are familiar with the nominee's work; and a list of ten most significant and representative publications, and at least five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution (reprints, preferably in electronic form).

The Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists.  For the 2006 program, nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 1996 are being sought in the areas of:

·        animal learning and behavior, comparative

·        psychopathology

·        health

·        developmental

·        cognition/human learning

To submit a nomination for the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, you should provide a letter of nomination, the nominee's current vita with list of publications, and up to five representative reprints.

To obtain nomination forms and more information, you can go to the Science Directorate web page (www.apa.org/science/sciaward.html) or you can contact Suzanne Wandersman, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; by phone, (202) 336-6000; by fax, (202) 336-5953; or by E-mail, swandersman@apa.org.

The deadline for all award nominations is June 1, 2005.

  Women in Cognitive Science

  Awards Competition 2005

 Women in Cognitive Science (WICS), an organization associated with the Psychonomic Society and supported by a grant from NSF’s Advance Leadership Program, is pleased to announce two award competitions in 2005:

 The WICS Mentorship Award 2005

 The WICS Mentorship Awards are designed to encourage established scientists, both male and female, to develop the research and publication skills of female graduate and undergraduate students in cognitive science. Three awards of up to $2,000 will be made each year to scientists who have demonstrated sustained, effective mentorship of female students and who have also served as a research advisor or supervisor to one or more female students during the academic year immediately preceding the nomination.

 Nomination deadline: July 31, 2005

The WICS Travel Award 2005

Although many young women scientists attend professional conferences, it is often difficult in this context for them to meet and discuss their work with more senior scientists. Networking experiences are an important way in which individuals become known in the professional community, develop collaborative relationships, and arrange informal visits outside of professional meetings. Given the relatively short time frame of the tenure period, it is essential that individuals learn to make these connections to others in the field early in their careers. Therefore, the purpose of this award is to provide incentives for planned networking and resources for these experiences. Four awards of up to $2000 will be made in 2005.

 Nomination deadline: May 1, 2005

 Additional information and instructions on submitting applications can be found on the WICS website: http://psych.rice.edu/wics/awards.html

  Post-Doctoral Position Announcement

Post Doctoral position(s) in Applied Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Psychology (with an emphasis on Expert Performance)

Key words: Expert performance, human performance, simulation, training, verbal reports, protocol analysis, eye-movements, cognition, memory, deliberate practice, skill acquisition, situation awareness, decision making, stress

Post doctoral positions are available in the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), at Florida State University’s Learning Systems Institute (LSI) in Applied Experimental / Cognitive Psychology. This position is primarily concerned with examining issues related to the structure and acquisition of expert performance in real-world domains (e.g., law enforcement, emergency medicine, aviation, sport) and extending current theory on expert performance and how to enhance its acquisition by training and deliberate practice. Existing projects within our lab are funded by the Office of Naval Research and examine how skilled performers use long term working memory skills to maintain situation awareness under stress. The successful candidate will primarily contribute to this project and extend this work to other professional domains. Key faculty on this project include K. Anders Ericsson (Psychology), David Eccles, and Paul Ward (HPL-LSI).

The successful candidate will have experience of one or more of the following:

1.      Theories of expert performance, skill acquisition, automaticity, comprehension, cognition, and memory.

2.      Process tracing methodologies such as the use of verbal reports (i.e., think aloud and retrospective), protocol analysis (see Ericsson & Simon, 1980, 1993), and eye-movement recording. Knowledge of ASL eye-movement systems is desirable.

3.      Collecting experimental data within the laboratory and assessing representative performance of a real-world domain.

4.      Performance measurement and training using low and/or high fidelity simulation technologies (e.g., video-based simulation, PC-based aviation training devices, medical simulators such as the Human Patient Simulator and minimal invasive surgical trainers).

5.      Collecting practice data via the use of retrospective interviews, diaries, questionnaires and other methods.

Ideally, the successful candidate will also have experience of one or more of the following:

1.      Assessment of performance under stress and measurement of psychophsysiological indices of stress, for example, heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, galvanic skin response. Experience of using Biopac’s MP150 system would be useful.

2.      Cognitive modeling using architectures relevant to the study of expert performance and skill acquisition.

3.      Hands on experience of creating an experimental set-up conducive to synchronous measurement of real-world performance using multiple systems (e.g., ASL, Biopac, Simulator). Experience of LabVIEW would be a very advantageous.

4.      Familiarity with human factors literature on cognitive task analysis, critical decision method, situation awareness, simulation and training, and cognitive engineering.

5.      Experience with collection of think-aloud protocols and retrospective reports and methods for automatic speech recognition and speech analysis.

An attractive salary for this position will be offered in the range of $45-50K p.a. The position will be for an initial period of 12 months with a view to extending the length of the contract.  Florida State University also has an International Center that will provide immigration support for successful applicants from overseas. 

Tallahassee is the state capitol of Florida and has a population of approximately 250,000 people. It offers a low cost of living, and a wealth of intellectual, cultural, and social activities, as well as sporting attractions that are typically associated with a Division I university. The city also offers nearby access to the white sand coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and is within easy driving distance of a number of popular coastal towns and major cities.

For more details contact:

Paul Ward, Human, Performance Laboratory, Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University, Suite 254, 2010 Levy Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Tel: 850-644-5649, Fax: 850-645-2795, Email: pward@lsi.fsu.edu

  Taiwan Psychology Network (TPN)

Taiwan Psychology Network (TPN) was established in 2001.  Members include professors, students, and practitioners in Psychology who are currently living in the United States or Taiwan.  TPN’s mission is to promote collaboration and networking among members and to assist their professional development in training, education, research, and practice.

Currently TPN has 88 members and is still growing.  The discussion group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Taiwan_Psychology_Network/ has become a place where members exchange information, experience, opportunities, etc.  Membership is free!  We warmly welcome all professionals and students who are interested in Taiwanese/Taiwanese American psychology to join us.  For membership application, please contact our Membership Officer, Ms. Hsin-Ya Liao at hsin_99@yahoo.com


Wei-min G. Wang,

Publicity Officer

Taiwan Psychology Network

  Job Announcements

Austin Peay State University.  The department of psychology at Austin Peay State University seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Military Psychology beginning July 2005.  Specific academic preparation in one of the following areas is required - experimental psychology (e.g. cognitive, sensory/ human factors), social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, educational psychology (e.g., applied behavior analysis/behavior modification), or clinical/counseling psychology. Ph.D. preferred. ABD considered.  Regardless of specific preparation, the successful applicant must demonstrate a commitment to teaching and research regarding the application of psychology in a military context. Creating and teaching one or two courses in the area of military psychology (e.g., introduction to military psychology) would be expected. The successful applicant would also be expected to teach general psychology. Other possibilities include teaching statistics, research methods, or other courses offered by the department appropriate to the candidate's academic preparation.

Austin Peay State University is located within 10 miles of the Ft. Campbell army base. The base represents an untapped source of research opportunities. In addition, the University enrolls approximately 2,000 students at the Ft. Campbell Center Educational Center. The successful applicant would teach classes on post where office space would be provided. Occasional teaching opportunities on the main campus may also be available. The University has recently received positive signs regarding grant funding to start an interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Domestic and Global Security. The successful applicant would have the chance to be involved in the creation of this Center.

Please submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, at least three letters of recommendation, and e-mail address (if available) to: Office of Human Resources, Austin Peay State University, Attn: HR Faculty Applications, Military Psychologist, Box 4698, Clarksville, TN 37044. E-mail: wirtsm@apsu.edu Fax: (931) 221-7105. APSU is an equal opportunity employer.


Penn State Capital College, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Penn State Capital College seeks applications for a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2005. Primary areas of expertise include research methodology, statistics, physiological and cognitive psychology. An earned Ph.D. in experimental psychology by the time of employment and an ongoing research agenda, preferably in an applied area, is required. Preference will be given to individuals with expertise in cognitive and/or physiological psychology. Teaching responsibilities may include graduate and undergraduate courses in statistics, research methods, and cognition and/or physiological psychology. Penn State Capital College is a multi-campus college of Penn State University, with a campus in suburban Harrisburg and one 60 miles northeast in Schuylkill Haven, PA. The locations provide easy access to major cities in the Northeast, including New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore. The College has approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. There are twelve full-time psychologists and approximately 180 undergraduate and 60 graduate students in the Psychology Program. The program offers a B.S. in Psychology at the Schuylkill and Harrisburg campuses, and M.A. degrees in Psychology at the Harrisburg campus. Additional information about the College and the School can be found at www.hbg.psu.edu and at www.hbg.psu.edu/bsed/.  While the primary assignment will be at Penn State Harrisburg, faculty may occasionally be assigned courses at other College locations. The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of three courses a semester, maintain an active research and publication program, advise students, and provide service. Submit letter of application specifically addressing the position responsibilities and qualifications, including statements of teaching and research interests; current curriculum vitae; copies of graduate transcripts; and a list of five professional references, including names, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. Applications received by January 18, 2005 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be received until the position is filled. Send all materials to Chair, BSED Psychology Search, c/o Ms. Dorothy J. Guy, Office of Human Resources, Box (APA3), Penn State Capital College, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

  Continuing Education in Women's Health

The Second Annual Clinical Health Psychology Institute will focus on women’s health. This continuing education event will be held April 1-2, 2005 - at the APA Building, Washington, DC. The CHI Institute on Women's Health is co-sponsored by the APA Division of Health Psychology and the APA Education Directorate, with additional support from the Society for the Psychological Study of Women (Division 35) and the APA Women's Programs Office.

An interdisciplinary faculty from medicine and psychology has been chosen for their expertise in women's health, health psychology, and the psychology of women. Overview lectures and applied workshops are designed to translate state-of-art research in women's health to clinical practice. Presenters and topics include:

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D. Update on Women's Health: Recent Advances and Controversies

Vicki S. Helgeson, Ph.D. Stress and Coping in Women Across the Life Span

Mary F. Morrison, M.D., MS Preventing Misdiagnosis in Women's Health and Mental Health

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D. Genetic Testing in Women's Health

Helen L. Coons, Ph.D. Preparing Women for Medical Procedures

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D. Collaborative Care in in Women's Primary Care, Ob/Gyn and Subspecialty Settings

Julia H. Rowland, Ph.D., Improving the Quality of Life Among Women with Cancer:

Dahlia M. Sataloff, M.D., Effective Strategies During and After Treatment
and Helen L. Coons, Ph.D.

Gail E. Wyatt, Ph.D. Women's Sexuality and Sexual Functioning: Biological, Cultural, Relationship and Life Span Issues in Assessment and Treatment

For more information and details about registering for this cutting edge CE event, go to www.apa.org/ce/ or call 1-800-374-2721 ext 5989 to talk to a CE Representative.

  APA Summer Training Courses

APA is offering four training courses this summer on the following topics:

Large-scale databases: the NICHD's Study of Early Child Care (June 7-10, Chapel Hill, NC)

Structural Equation Modeling (June 13-17, Charlottesville, VA)

fMRI (June 19-24, Charlestown, MA)

Performing Web-Based Experiments (July 19-23, Fullerton, CA)

Application deadlines to the first three have been extended to March 30, and the application deadline to the ATI on Web-Based Experiments is April 15.

APA's Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) expose psychological scientists to emerging technologies and the most current research methodologies. ATIs provide training and hands-on experience in a variety of areas, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and longitudinal methods, modeling, and measurement. ATIs are hosted each summer at prominent research institutions across the country, such as the NMR Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Psychological scientists - advanced graduate students, post-docs, new and established faculty - are invited to apply. APA membership is not required for acceptance, but members do receive discounted tuition.

For more information please visit: http://www.apa.org/science/ati.html

Or send an email to: ati@apa.org

  The Passing of Howard E. Gruber

Howard E. Gruber, a long time member/fellow of Division 3, died on January 25th following a long illness. I am writing at the request of his widow, Doris B. Wallace (also an APA member/fellow).

Margery B. Franklin, Ph.D.

Director, Child Development Institute

Sarah Lawrence College

  Changes in NIH Grant Evaluation

  & Publication Procedures

    Sent by Neal Johnson

To read NIH's updated criteria for evaluating research grant applications, please click here:


To view a comparison of the revised and former review criteria, please click here:


OPEN SEASON ON NIH'S "OPEN ACESS" POLICY.   SPIN readers have no doubt been following the story of NIH's release of a draft "open access" policy in September. That proposed policy would require scientific publishers to make available to NIH's PubMed Central database, without charge, any article that was based in whole or in part on NIH-funded research. Prompted by patient organizations who would like a free, one-stop shop to review all publications on NIH-funded research, and by NIH itself, to demonstrate accountability to Congress and the taxpayers, the new policy has prompted a deluge of criticism among publishers of scientific journals, including APA.

To read the full article, please click here:


To read APA's comments [PDF 60K], please click here: