December 2006 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 37 No. 11

December 2006 Monitor cover

Why we give

  • Helping others, helping ourselves

    Psychologists are studying why people volunteer, and how organizations can hold on to volunteers in the long term.

  • Donating their time

    Learn about psychologists and a psychology student who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

  • Helping kids care

    Children may possess more inborn altruism than previously thought, and much can be done to nurture it.

  • Altruism: an accident of nature?

    Bees, bats, ravens and humans often help one another. But usually there's a hidden agenda.

People riding bikes around colorful statues


Seeing the forest and the trees

New research sheds light on how we begin to make sense of the world's confused jumble of colors and shapes.

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Beyond mere compliance: Three metaphors to teach the APA Ethics Code

Metaphors can help move us beyond a superficial understanding of the Ethics Code to a deeper, more interesting, and ultimately more satisfying way of conceptualizing the code and its role in our professional lives.

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Nix the tics

New research debunks Tourette's syndrome myths and lays the groundwork for a behavioral intervention.

Not going quietly

I. King Jordan, a psychologist and Gallaudet's first deaf president, fights one of his toughest battles as he steps down.

Breaking town/gown barriers

In a top educational post, a psychologist has pushed to make the nation's universities more accessible to and integrated with the communities they serve.

Education’s ‘ultimate diplomat’

APA's Paul Nelson retires this month after 24 years of shepherding psychology education and training.

Orion’s star

Minnesota psychologist Rebecca Thomley grew her mother's basement business into a large human services company serving people with disabilities.

Blanchard-Fields to lead Psychology and Aging

The new editor aims to court cognitive and social neuroscientists and boost reviewer ranks.

Rogers to lead Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Rao to lead Neuropsychology

The journal's incoming editor aims to increase the number of clinically oriented neuroimaging articles.

A Closer Look


‘Pick a problem and be part of the solution’

Div. 37 members develop a guidebook to teach psychologists how to effectively advocate for children, youth and families.

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Climb the funding ladder

Taking advantage of small grant opportunities can help you work your way up to larger grants, say early-career experts.

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Giving credit where credit is due

APA's Public Policy Office acknowledges psychologists who advocated on behalf of public interest, education and science in 2006.