June 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 6

June 2004 Monitor cover

COVER:
Consumerism

  • Consumerism and its discontents

    Materialistic values may stem from early insecurities and are linked to lower life satisfaction, psychologists find. Accruing more wealth may provide only a partial fix.

  • Too many choices?

    Today's abundance of consumer options can stall our decision-making and even wear away our well-being. But there are solutions.

  • Protecting children from advertising

    APA's Council of Representatives supports a task force's call for stricter regulations on ads geared to kids.

  • Advertising recomendations

    To counter the potential negative effects of ads aimed at children, the Task Force on Advertising and Children suggests things such as restricting television advertising directed to children and using advertising disclaimers.

  • Driving teen egos--and buying--through 'branding'

    A glut of marketing messages encourages teens to tie brand choices to their personal identity.

  • Maxed out: Why do some succumb and others steer clear?

    Psychologists are investigating what underlies Americans' ever more burdensome credit card debt, but answers remain elusive.

  • The value of money

    In her niche practice, psychologist Lynne Hornyak coaches people to pair their approach to money with their life values.

An elephant eating

SCIENCE WATCH

A trunk-to-mouth existence

New research on elephants' hemispheric specialization may begin to answer long-standing questions on side preferences' evolutionary advantages.

Packaged pills

FEATURES

Louisiana grants psychologists prescriptive authority

Louisiana psychologists' persistence pays off, and their state becomes the second to pass RxP legislation.

Gaining prescriptive knowledge

Psychopharmacology training programs meet a need for many practitioners-- and, indirectly, for consumers.

Ensuring that 'good-faith' evaluations are safe

A new West Virginia law provides safeguards for psychologists conducting child-custody evaluations, an often-avoided area.

Fostering personal service

Psychologist Page Walley, the new commissioner of Alabama's biggest state agency, finds creative ways to infuse individual care.

Considering organized crime

An APA-sponsored event drew together high school students and social scientists to discuss criminal groups.

Instruction versus exploration in science learning

Recent psychological research calls "discovery learning" into question.

Charting a course for improved public health

The NIH Roadmap may provide opportunities for scientists, including psychologists, to make major strides in public health research.

Post-9/11 pilot training taps psychologists' expertise

Psychologists are helping the government screen and train airline pilots to become federal flight deck officers.

Alternative health care gains steam

The public is hungry for mind-body alternative and complementary interventions. And more psychologists are studying what helps and what hurts.

Expanding medical training

A federal report pushes for increased integration of the behavioral and social sciences into medical school curricula.

Postdoc enhancement

A National Academies committee is studying the quality of postdoctoral experiences.

Teaming up to treat Alzheimer's

Jennie Ward Robinson says psychology can do more to improve the lives of families living with Alzheimer's disease--and she's helping to lead the effort.

Corrections

CORRECTIONS