December 2011 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 42 No. 11

Monitor on Psychology December 2011

New research on the link between exercise and mental health

  • The exercise effect

    Evidence is mounting for the benefits of exercise, yet psychologists don’t often use exercise as part of their treatment arsenal. Here’s more research on why they should.

Dr. David Myers (credit: Julie Von Ins)


In the (hearing) loop

Bestselling psychology textbook author David Myers is teaching his largest audience yet, through a national campaign to provide cutting-edge technology to people with hearing loss.

happy older man


The real secrets to a longer life

Howard S. Friedman says that eating vegetables and going to the gym are not as important to our long-term health as having a rich, productive life.



Lessons from bird brains

Eckhard Hess’s research on imprinting helped to popularize an emerging field of research—one that that explored genetic and learned aspects of early behavior.

Treatment guidelines


Treatment guideline development now under way

APA's first treatment guidelines will focus on depression and obesity.

Psychologist named VA mental health chief

Antonette Zeiss is transforming mental health care for veterans and promoting more interdisciplinary mental health services.

The limits of eyewitness testimony

With a wealth of research suggesting that eyewitness identifications can be unreliable, courts and juries should be cautious when they evaluate eyewitness testimony, says APA in its latest amicus briefs.

Deconstructing suicide

MacArthur Fellow Matthew K. Nock studies why people harm themselves.

New labels, new attitudes?

Research shows that graphic cigarette warning labels lodge themselves in people’s minds. But do they really help smokers quit?

Unintended consequences

Many psychologists applauded the APA policy change that recommended eliminating the postdoc requirement for licensure. But that change has had unforeseen implications.

Better options for troubled teens

Psychologists are creating and implementing programs that curb problem behaviors among juvenile offenders.

Saving lives, one organ at a time

Psychologists are helping remove barriers to organ donation.

Expanding care

Ronald T. Brown is focused on publishing research that could increase access to mental health treatments.

Exploring the notion of 'lifespan'

The new Editor of Psychology and Aging will tackle a broader age range.

Guidelines for the conduct of president-elect nominations and elections

A posting of eligibility guidelines, restrictions, endorsements, mailings, compliance and more.

Leaving a legacy

Through her bequest to APF, Linda Forrest is honoring her parents and giving back to psychology.

Pearls of wisdom


13 pearls of wisdom for the early career set

Seasoned psychologists share the time-tested lessons that put them on the path to career success.

Government Relations


Focusing on service member suicides

At a Washington, DC, summit, APA teamed with the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies to identify best practices for suicide prevention among service members and veterans and to alert members of Congress to the pressing need to continue to support such initiatives.

Education Leadership Conference


Connecting with other disciplines

Psychology can take a leadership role in helping different disciplines come together to address society’s top priorities, including health care and environmental sustainability.