January 2009 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 40 No. 1

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Hard times

  • How greed outstripped need

    American culture set us up for the economic fall, psychologists say.

  • Tools for tough times

    Psychologists' research on past economic crises offers clues to how American families will be affected by the recession - and what works to help them.

  • Rolling with the changes

    How the recession is affecting practitioners—and how they are preparing for possibly tougher times ahead.

  • Science on a shoestring

    In these challenging times, researchers are looking to trim their lab costs without compromising work quality. Here's how.

  • Universities prepare for leaner times

    Private and public universities face different challenges in today's financial climate.

  • The price of affluence

    New research shows that privileged teens may be more self-centered—and depressed—than ever before.

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You rub my fin, I'll rub yours

Animals—like people—may cooperate for the sheer joy of it.

In brief


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Keeping employees safe at home

A corporate outreach program makes domestic violence everyone's business.

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Mind over money

Neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak explains the behaviors that led to our economic crisis.



Ethics from a developmental perspective

A developmental perspective offers a richness to our understanding of how a psychologist's career evolves in the context of our field's ethics.

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The birth of American intelligence testing

This psychologist provided a valuable assessment tool, but also gave fodder to eugenics proponents, who led a dark chapter in American history.

James H. Bray, PhD


Psychology's advance man

By helping practitioners and scientists harness current trends, APA's 2009 president, James H. Bray, PhD, hopes to move the field boldly into the future.

The left brain knows what the right hand is doing

New research explores how brain lateralization influences our lives.

Chimp handedness

For certain tasks, chimps almost exclusively use their right hands.

Schools expand mental health care

Even as more school-based centers provide mental health services, the debate continues over whether these sites are the best way to serve students.

A more diverse Family

Nadine J. Kaslow aims to expand the range and practicality of the Journal of Family Psychology.

Looking for mentors

Cecil Reynolds wants veteran Psychological Asessment authors to guide new ones.

Better practice through technology

A psychologist who develops new methods for social competence training earns a new award for her innovative practice.

APf awards $20,000 grant

Grantee Eric Dubow is teaching teens to reverse prejudice.

Donor spotlight

Spotlight on Laura S. Brown, PhD

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Offer a financial break

Six ways psychologists can help patients who can no longer afford therapy.

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On Your Behalf

A wrap-up of APA's latest advocacy.

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