May 2009 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 40 No. 5

May 2009 Monitor cover

COVER:
APA's 2009 Convention in Toronto

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SCIENCE WATCH

Move to the music

New research is uncovering links between beat perception and the motor areas of the brain— and may help explain why music therapy works so well.

In brief

IN BRIEF

  • In brief
  • Television

    PRACTICE PROFILE

    Mental health on the small screen

    As a consultant for primetime TV, Dan Shapiro uses his experiences from both sides of the hospital bed to put psychology on center stage.

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    QUESTIONNAIRE

    The evolution of human goodness

    Social psychologist Dacher Keltner studies how fleeting facial and body expressions provide insight into the genetic underpinnings of positive emotions.

    Where?

    TIME CAPSULE

    Where's psychology's museum?

    The first national museum of psychology failed, but with the discipline's popularity growing, a new museum is in the planning stages.

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    FEATURES

    Coming to your local Y

    APA and YMCA partner to bring healthy ideas to communities nationwide.

    Set your data free

    Efforts to share research materials gain ground within psychology.

    Drawing students in

    Psychology educators are teaching with Second Life and other cyber-games, but whether these technologies boost learning remains up for debate.

    Testing virtual reality in the classroom

    A Stanford University psychology professor is finding that technology can help students perform better.

    Early Career Psychology

    EARLY-CAREER PSYCHOLOGY

    A head start for early career psychologists

    APA offers a variety of resources to help new researchers and practitioners launch their careers in today's challenging marketplace.

    On Your Behalf

    ON YOUR BEHALF

    On Your Behalf

    A wrap-up of APA's latest advocacy.

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    STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

    Taking a larger role in health care

    Psychologists have the skills to help people live healthier lives and are essential to reforming the ailing U.S. health-care system.

    Enhancing clinical effectiveness and patient outcomes

    Psychologist-developed tools help practitioners spot distress and improve patient care.

    What's your story?

    Sharing anecdotes about your toddler's latest antic may help people recognize how psychology fits into their everyday lives.

    Caring for workers, even in hard times

    APA honors 14 employers that value staff well-being.