July/August 2011 | Monitor on Psychology

Vol. 42 No. 7
July August 2011 Monitor cover

On the Cover:
Noise and mental health

  • Silence, please

    Psychologists are increasing awareness of the harmful effects noise has on cognition and health.

Golden rule


Golden rule redux

Research suggests that for emotional well-being, you should treat yourself the way you’d want others to treat you.

Dr. Sanford Portnoy


Portnoy's complainants

Massachusetts psychologist Sanford Portnoy teams up with lawyers to ease the turmoil of divorce for clients and their children.

Dr. Robert Kaplan (credit: Lloyd Wolf)


Signs of progress

As new director of NIH’s top psychology funding arm, Robert Kaplan is seeing ongoing opportunity for psychologists to collaborate. APA CEO Norman B. Anderson — who held Kaplan’s job before he came to the association — talks with Kaplan about how times have changed.

Computer learning


Improving learning

Cognitive science has taught us a lot about how humans learn. Now computer-based learning programs are putting those principles into action and improving student gains.

Crawling child


The woman behind the visual cliff

Eleanor J. Gibson is best remembered for an iconic experiment, but her own story of flexibility in the face of gender discrimination may be an even more valuable psychology lesson.

Psychology Day at the United Nations


Psychology Day at the United Nations

With nearly 69 million children worldwide not in school, psychologists at the fourth annual event press for universal access to education.

ADHD among preschoolers

Identifying and treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in very young children requires a different approach.

Ethnically identified psychological associations

These four associations provide professional development, networking and a sense of solidarity for ethnic-minority psychologists, students and others.

Should you blow the whistle?

What to do when you suspect your adviser or research supervisor of ethical misconduct.

Just for students

Whether you’re a convention first-timer or a more seasoned graduate student, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students has a wealth of programming just for you at APA’s 2011 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4–7.

Don’t-miss programs

APA’s directorates cordially invite you to these cutting-edge programs at APA’s 2011 Annual Convention, Aug. 4–7 in Washington, D.C.

Forging bonds, overcoming stereotypes

An APA Div. 48 (Peace) convention session will highlight work bringing together Muslim-Americans and those of other faiths in projects that enhance relationships and communities.

Early Career Psychology


Programs for new psychologists

APA’s Annual Convention offers specialized programming developed and co-sponsored by the association’s Committee on Early Career Psychologists.

Government Relations


Protecting girls

APA continues to lead advocacy efforts against sexualization.

On Your Behalf


On Your Behalf

What APA is doing for you

Lillian T. Eby, PhD (credit: Beth Newman, UGA)