Volume 12, Number 1

March, 2008

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 

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Questions:  Send e-mail to Mark Faust, UNC at Charlotte, mefaust@uncc.edu

Division Representatives



Ed Wasserman

University of Iowa

(319) 335-2445



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








Editor Appointed for The American Journal of Psychology


The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce Robert W. Proctor of Purdue University as Editor of The American Journal of Psychology beginning in 2009.  Proctor, a noted scholar and researcher, brings to The American Journal of Psychology his 30+ years experience in the field.


About Robert W. Proctor


Robert Proctor is Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He has previously served as Editor of Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers and Associate Editor of Memory & Cognition and Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  He is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science, and Honorary Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Proctor has published over 150 articles and numerous books and book chapters on basic and applied aspects of human cognition and performance. 


About The American Journal of Psychology


The American Journal of Psychology (AJP) was founded in 1887 by G. Stanley Hall and was edited in its early years by Titchener, Boring, and Dallenbach. The Journal has published some of the most innovative and formative papers in psychology throughout its history. AJP explores the science of the mind and behavior, publishing reports of original research in experimental psychology, theoretical presentations, combined theoretical and experimental analyses, historical commentaries, and in-depth reviews of significant books.


The American Journal of Psychology is issued quarterly and is published by the University of Illinois Press.  Full details about the journal, including submission guidelines, advertising information, and subscription rates are available at http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals. AJP is available online to subscribers at http://ajp.press.uiuc.edu.


About the University of Illinois Press


The University of Illinois Press was established in 1918 as a not-for-profit scholarly publisher at the University and is one of the founding members of the Association of American University Presses in 1937. UIP is ranked as one of the country's larger and more distinguished university presses and publishes works of high quality for scholars, students, and the citizens of the state and beyond.



APA Seeks Nominations for 2009 Awards


Nominate your colleagues now for next year’s annual convention.

APA’s Practice, Science, Education, and Public Interest directorates, and the Office of International Affairs are seeking nominations for the Association’s 2009 Awards.

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2009 Annual Convention Toronto, Ontario, August 6–9; a waiver of 2009 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2009 convention.

The deadline for all award nominations is June 2, 2008.


APA SCIENCE AWARDS (for additional award types see http://www.apa.org/about/division/dialogue/jf08divnews.html )
The Committee on Scientific Awards invites nominations for its awards program. Nominations for all three award categories should be sent to the Science Directorate at the APA address. Questions about the awards program should be directed to Suzanne Wandersman at (+1/202) 336-6000, via Email or www.apa.org/science/sciaward.html. Members of the committee, former recipients of the awards, and the president and president-elect of APA are ineligible. For a list of previous award winners, see the November 2007 American Psychologist.


Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. The Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology is presented to candidates who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems.

For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions: Describe the important theoretical and empirical contributions and their impact on the field, usually attributed to the nominee; Compare the nominee with others in her/his field, including others who previously have received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; What influences has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study? Where possible, please identify the nominee’s students by name.

Nominations for these awards will not be considered without the following: a letter of nomination, a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography, the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee’s work; a list of ten most significant and representative publications; and three reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution (reprints, preferably in electronic form).


Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contributions to Psychology recognizes excellent young psychologists. For purposes of this award, psychology has been divided into 10 areas: cognition/human learning; psychopathology; health; developmental; animal learning and behavior, comparative; applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social; individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics); perception, motor performance; and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Five awards are given each year, with areas rotated in two-year cycles. The titles of the areas were chosen only for the convenience of approximate identification; nominators should view each area in its largest, most inclusive sense. Winners of this award will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in 2009 at the convention, but are not expected to present an award address.

Nominations of persons who received doctoral degrees during and since 1999 are being sought for 2009 awards in the following areas: applied research (e.g., treatment and prevention research, industrial/organizational research, educational research); social; individual differences (e.g., personality, psychometrics, mental ability, behavioral genetics); perception, motor performance; and behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Nominations for the Early Career Awards will not be considered without the following: a statement on the worthiness of the nominee (at least two pages in length), a current vitae, a recent complete bibliography and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee’s contribution.



What Can Your Department Do with a $5,000 Award?
by Suzanne Wandersman


Your department could be selected to receive a $5,000 award and be recognized for your commitment to service. That’s what happened to the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, the Department of Psychology at Davidson College, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) selected these departments in 2007 and 2006 to receive the Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences. This award recognizes departments that show a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including a demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion and that service is an integral part of training and mentoring.

University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology
The University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychology has used the $5,000 cash award to initiate a program of small grants for Psychology undergraduate majors. The goal is to assist the students in activities linking their psychology studies with outreach and public engagement. The inaugural winners of the APA Engagement Awards, for fall 2007 best articulated the link between their academic studies in psychology and their community projects and were selected for the $500 award.

Two awards will be made each semester, contingent on availability of funds.

University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions
The award prize will be used for travel awards to pre- and post-doctoral students (graduate students, interns, and fellows) attending scientific conferences in which they have some service responsibility to the sponsoring scientific organization. Examples include students who serve as student representatives on the Executive Committee of organizations (e.g., Society for Behavioral Medicine panels and APA Division Executive Committees), or students who have participated in the organization of a student science/practice symposium at a conference (e.g., students who have organized symposia on student research fellowships at INS, APA Division 40/ANST, etc.).

Davidson College, Department of Psychology
The department decided to put the money into the college endowment and use the interest from it to fund awards for service leadership that shows a particularly strong application of psychology. The decision hasn’t been made as to whether to restrict the award to current psychology students or reach back into the psychology majors alumni pool as well, but the faculty thought it fitting to continue the idea of a ‘culture of service in the psychological sciences’ by highlighting students who have embodied the same values. The individual award amounts will be $250 initially.

George Mason University, Department of Psychology
The department plans to use $2000 for two awards. One will be an award to an individual for doing service internal to the university (faculty or student) since this sort of service tends not to be rewarded. The second award will be aimed at a graduate student for professional or local community service. The department anticipates awarding $250 a year for each award.

The remaining $3000 will be given to the department’s Center for Psychological Services (CPS). The CPS provides psychological assessment and treatment services to the community and is a training facility for graduate psychology students and a setting for clinical research investigations. The center provides services on a sliding scale basis, but some people still cannot afford the services. The $3000 will go to help defray the costs for clients who could not otherwise afford the services.

For more information about the APA Culture of Service Awards, please contact Suzanne Wandersman at the APA Science Directorate or visit www.apa.org/science/dept_award.html.



Measuring Individuals’ Cognitive Structures in a Mediated Context

Call for papers

American Journal of Media Psychology


Special Issue:


Researchers with interests in such areas as cognitive processing, social cognition, social perception, schema research, and framing within the context of media, are invited to submit papers to the American Journal of Media Psychology for a special issue that focuses on methodological approaches that detail the procedures by which cognitive components and structures are identified and measured in such fields as advertising, marketing, political communications, and related areas. A manuscript submission is expected to detail a theoretically based methodological approach for the measurement of cognitive components and structures and provide empirical data that tests the approach used by the author(s).


The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2008


The American Journal of Media Psychology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes theoretical and empirical papers and essays and book reviews that advance an understanding of media effects and processes on individuals in society. Submissions should have a psychological focus, which means the level of analysis should focus on individuals and their interaction with or relationship to mass media content and institutions. All theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcomed.  For instructions on submitting a manuscript, please visit:



Researchers who intend on making a submission to this special issue are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael Elasmar, Editor, American Journal of Media Psychology at elasmar@bu.edu and discuss their anticipated approach to this topic.