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Council Report to the Executive Committee of Division 3 (Experimental Psychology) of APA
Thomas Zentall and Lewis P. Lipsitt
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.