Volume 11, Number 2

October, 2007

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

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Division Representatives



Ed Wasserman

University of Iowa

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Nelson Cowan

University of Missouri

(573) 882-7710


Past President

Howard Egeth

Johns Hopkins University

(410) 516-5324



Angelo Santi

Wilfrid Laurier University

(519) 884-0710


Members-At-Large of the

Executive Committee

Mark Bouton (8/07-10)

University of Vermont

(802) 656-4164


Nora S. Newcombe (8/07-10)

Temple University

(215) 204-6944


Gil Einstein (8/06-09)

Furman University

(864) 294-3214


Karen Hollis (8/06-09)

Mount Holyoke College

(413) 538-2296


Mark A. McDaniel (8/05-08)

Washington University, St. Louis

(314) 935-8030


Valerie F. Reyna (8/05-08)

Cornell University

(607) 254-1247


Graduate Student Representative

Daniel Brooks

University of Iowa

(319) 353-2031


Representative to APA Council

Emanuel Donchin (1/08-10)

University of South Florida

(813) 974-0466


Thomas R. Zentall (1/07-09)

University of Kentucky

(859) 257-4076


Committee Chairs

Mahzarin Banaji (Awards)

Harvard University

(617) 384-9203


Mike Young (Fellows, 08-09)

Southern Illinois University

(618) 453-3567


Cathleen Moore (Fellows, 07-08)

University of Iowa

(319) 335-2427


Jeremy Wolfe (Program)

Harvard University

(617) 768-8818



Charles L. Brewer

Furman University

(803) 294-3216


Early Career Psychologist

Network Representative

Jessie Peissig

California State U. at Fullerton

(714) 278-8278



Council Report to the Executive Committee of Division 3 (Experimental Psychology) of APA


Thomas Zentall and Lewis P. Lipsitt

Council Representatives


1.      Most important to Division 3, a task force has been assembled to recommend ways of making the annual meeting more attractive for science oriented psychologists to attend and present their research. The Task Force will meet in September and will make recommendations for next year’s meeting in Boston. The task force was established by the Council of Representative and it is being sponsored by the Science Directorate. Nancy Dess, President Elect of Div 6 and Sharon Armstrong, Past-Program Chair of Div 3 both serve of this Committee.  


2.      The most important general issue addressed by Council was the resolution for a moratorium on the involvement of psychologists in the interrogation of prisoners detained as enemy combatants at detention facilities like that at Guantanamo, Cuba. Although all who spoke argued against the use of torture and other unethical behavior in those interrogations Council discussed whether that goal would be better served by removing psychologists from the process or remaining present to try to influence interrogations.  On Sunday, after both the Division 3 Executive Committee and business meetings, Council adopted a compromise identifying a list of interrogation activities that APA considered to be unethical.  The resolution stopped short of requiring psychologists to cease and desist any involvement in military interrogation procedures, after the issue was hotly debated.  Much media coverage has ensued since the San Francisco meetings, where eight symposia were held on the interrogation issue, with those “for” psychologist involvement and those unequivocally “against” participating.  Amy Goodman provided one of the more striking coverages on CNN, and part of that program was devoted to interviewing the author of a widely publicized Salon magazine article.  Goodman’s Democracy Now show can be viewed at http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/20/1628230

and rebuttals may be found in various APA-generated documents, including a long refutation by the chair of an APA committee which was attacked in the Goodman show. 

3.      Council approved of the use of $7.6 million to redesign the APA website to make it more user friendly and accessible to the wide range of clients who use it, including the general public, students, members, and research scientists.  The expenditure was roundly defended by Jack McKay, the retiring CFO, for whom a great tribute was organized to celebrate the exceptional financial condition of the APA, largely due to McKay’s administration of the fiscal welfare of the organization.