July/August 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 7

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Psychological sleuths

  • Criminal profiling: the reality behind the myth

    Forensic psychologists are working with law enforcement officials to integrate psychological science into criminal profiling.

  • Does profiling really work?

    Researchers provided detailed case materials from two solved crimes and asked participants to write profiles of the type of people likely to commit such crimes, then compared the profiles with the actual, convicted offenders.

  • Detecting deception

    Some research links lying with such facial and bodily cues as increased pupil size and lip pressing but not with blinking or posture.

  • The polygraph in doubt

    Because of the nature of deception, there is no good way to validate the test for making judgments about criminal behavior.

  • How to be a successful fraud

    What are the most effective methods for deceiving? What are the key personal and environmental variables for success or failure?

  • Accuracy and the accused

    Psychologists work with law enforcement on research-based improvements to crime-suspect identification.

  • Recommendations for police lineups

    Police can create fairer lineups by selecting fillers that fit a witness's description of the perpetrator and instructing witnesses that the person who committed the crime may not be in the lineup.

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Gateways to memory

The hippocampus may not be the only association creating part of the brain, new research suggests.

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Caffeine got your tongue?

Research suggests caffeine, prized for its alertness effects, might cause people tip-of-the-tongue moments when they recall unrelated words.

Mental preparation for Mars

Psychologists craft systems to lessen the mental strains astronauts might face 100 million miles away from earth.

Building a healthier country

Psychologists joined other experts to discuss ways to change our environment to reduce obesity.

Designing psychologists

Psychologists, designers and sisters Susan Painter and Constance Forrest draw on their unique background to create user-friendly living and working spaces.

Behavioral health--a primary concern

APA Practice Directorate-nominated HHS fellow Garret Evans is working to promote psychology's role in public health care.

Filling behavioral health-service gaps

APA member testifies to the Institute of Medicine on ways to improve behavioral health access and quality.

Army uncovers mental health-service gap

Combat mental health care leaves troops in need, finds a recent Army survey. The Army has made some adjustments based on the findings.

Stopping young fire-starters

Firefighters, psychologists and other community professionals work together to extinguish juvenile fire-setting.

A new society for OHP

After years of planning, researchers in psychology and occupational safety and health will launch a new society for the field.

Diversifying I/O

APA's I/O division is working to attract more ethnic-minority young scientists.

Leadership by example

Psychologist Lily Kelly-Radford is proof positive that a high-powered career and family life can co-exist.

Technology still finding its place in training

From videotapes to computer-simulated patients, new and old technologies are helping graduate psychology programs train the next generation of psychologists.

Beyond our borders

A meeting of North American psychologists highlights international changes in professional psychology.

Strengthen your brain by resting it

Recent research suggests sleep spindles--spikes of neural activity that emerge during REM sleep--might play a key role in helping people learn and remember how to perform physical tasks, such as swinging a golf club.

Accentuating the positive

A new classification of positive personality traits paves the way for further research and implementation of the subfield.

A Closer Look


Opening medical doors

This month, Div. 38 launches a series of professional development workshops to keep health psychologists on the cutting-edge.

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Policy in the making

Through APA's Congressional Fellowship Program, five psychologists are learning the ins and outs of Capitol Hill.