October 2008 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 39 No. 9

October 2008 Monitor cover

APA's Convention '08: A special report

Computer information


Too much information?

With so many Web sites listing personal information, our privacy is evaporating.

Populist psychology

A senator, an author and a psychologist are honored for bringing psychology to the masses.

The debate continues

Psychologists continue to discuss the field's involvement in interrogations.

A surprising link to obesity

Childhood ear infections may pave the way for weight gain in adulthood.

An insidious enemy

New research pinpoints the ways stress undermines our immune systems at the cellular level.

A big, fat problem

Sugary drinks, low-calorie sweeteners and pervasive marketing all contribute to the obesity epidemic. How can scientists turn the tide?

A fresh look at race & ethnicity

Identity researcher Hazel Rose Markus shares a new theory that may bring clarity to a perplexing national topic.

The power of the relaxation response

A behavioral medicine pioneer reports on a time-tested technique that reverses aging and improves health.

PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES: The smallest survivors

Psychologists help children cope with lingering fears after sexual abuse, terrorism, medical treatment and other traumas.


Speakers urge service providers and researchers to join together to end violence against women.


As the population ages, psychologists are redesigning many aspects of society.


Refugees face discrimination in their native countries and abroad.

PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVES: The costs of crackdowns

Raids that target undocumented workers increasingly traumatize families left behind.

Partnering for life

Psychologists and public health experts should collaborate to boost the nation's well-being.

Language and play

Children's interaction with objects affects how they see and name them.

Bring back old-fashioned play

Psychologists urged to help parents reverse the commercialization of childhood.

'In Treatment' gets the treatment

Psychologists look at how accurately the TV series portrays the profession.

Putting patients first

To be viable players in the evolving health-care system, psychologists must act quickly to help set the direction for pay-for-performance programs, said convention speakers.

The goods on guidelines

They can enhance your work—and protect you from malpractice claims.

Setting priorities

Workforce issues and suicide prevention highlight education advocacy breakfast.

Aid to aging America

An APA committee celebrates a decade of advocacy on behalf of older adults.

Psychology's best

These psychologists earned top honors at APA's 2008 Annual Convention.

Congratulations award winners

Here's to the outstanding psychologists and students recognized for their achievements and contributions to the field.

Early Career Psychology


New psychologists voice their needs

At a town hall meeting, APA leaders welcomed suggestions on ways the association can better support early career psychologists.