Have you been craving more science at APA's Annual Convention? Then this is your year. APA's revamped convention features top scientists, with new data on a variety of topics.
Leading the pack are this year's Master lecturers:
Lyn Abramson, PhD, University of Wisconsin, and Lauren Alloy, PhD, Temple University, in a joint presentation on "Cognitive vulnerability to depression."
Peter Bentler, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, on "Structural equation modeling: accomplishments, challenges and EQS 6."
John Kruschke, PhD, Indiana University, on "Attention in learning: rash, rational, real."
Anne Peplau, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, on "Scientific research on gender and sexuality."
Stephen Porges, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago, on "The polyvagal theory: a new approach to autism spectrum disorders."
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award Addresses
Each year, APA honors psychologists who have made outstanding scientific contributions. This year's senior winners and their presentations are:
John Cacioppo, PhD, University of Chicago, on "The anatomy of loneliness." (This will also be a plenary address.)
David Meyer, PhD, University of Michigan, on "New prospects for computational unified theories of cognition and action."
William Newsome, PhD, Stanford University, on "Seeing motion: from neural circuits to perceptual decisions."
Robert Rosenthal, PhD, University of California, Riverside, on "Covert communication in classrooms, clinics, courtrooms and cubicles."
Several top behavioral scientists will be presenting new data during APA's plenary sessions. They include:
Paula Tallal, PhD, Rutgers University, on "Language learning disabilities: integrating research, remediation and technology."
Teresa Amabile, PhD, Harvard University, on "Stalking creativity from the laboratory to the workplace."
Martha McClintock, PhD, University of Chicago, on "Scents and sensibility: pheromones, social dynamics and the control of fertility and disease." (This is also a G. Stanley Hall Lecture)
A debate on empirically supported treatment, with David Barlow, PhD, Boston University, Diane Chambliss, Larry Beutler, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Bruce Wampold, PhD, University of Wisconsin.
John Darley, PhD, Princeton University, who will be interviewing his mentor Eliot Aronson, PhD.
Elizabeth Gould, PhD, Princeton University, on "Neurogenesis in the adult mammalian brain." (This is also the Neal Miller Lecture.)
Jamie Pennebaker, PhD, University of Texas, on "Expressively easing trauma."
Steve Pinker, PhD, MIT, on "The blank state: the modern denial of human nature."
In addition to these APA-wide programs, the cross-division cluster group programming will feature more in-depth, thematic presentations on such topics as consciousness and unconsciousness; stability, change and early experience; and psychotechnology. Among the speakers are John Bargh, PhD, Walter Mischel, PhD, Roy Baumeister, PhD, Wendi Gardner, PhD, Robert Siegler, PhD, Dare Baldwin, PhD, Sally Boysen, PhD, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, Carol Dweck, PhD, Martha Farah, PhD, Gilbert Gottlieb, PhD, Jim Flynn, PhD, David Woods, PhD, Doug Griffith, PhD, Allen Parchem, PhD, Alan Nicewander, PhD, and Bill Macey.
Among the timely sessions selected by APA's divisions for the convention are:
"Contributions of Ernest Hilgard," with Gordon Bower, PhD, Standford University, Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, Stanford University, Helen Crawford, PhD, Virginia Tech, and David Leary, PhD, University of Richmond.
Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, Dartmouth University, "Automatic brains--interpretive minds."
Jenny Saffran, PhD, University of Wisconsin, "Infant statistical learning and language acquisition."
Peter Salovey, PhD, Yale University, "Framing messages to motivate health protective behavior."
Susan Goldin-Meadow, PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University,"Hearing gestures: how our hands help us think."
Mark Appelbaum, PhD, University of California, San Diego, "Imagine that: quantitative psychology in the age of neuroimaging."
"Comparative psychology across the globe--The United States, Japan and Scotland," with Gary Greenberg, PhD, Wichita State University; Duane M. Rumbaugh, PhD, Georgia State University; Tetsuro Matsuzawa, PhD, Kyoto University; and L. Bryan Jones, PhD, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Paul Bloom, PhD, Yale University, "How children learn the meanings of words."
Janellen Huttenlocher, PhD, University of Chicago, "Measurement and estimation in young children."
"Resilience and stressful life events," with George Bonanno, PhD, Columbia University; Camille B. Wortman, PhD, State University of New York-Stony Brook; Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, University of Michigan; Andreas M.D. Maercker, PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Lisa Aspinwall, PhD, University of Utah; and Stephen Lepore, PhD, City University of New York.
Seymour Epstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts, "Revelations about Hitler's antisemitism from an associative analysis of 'Mein Kampf.'"
Claude Steele, PhD, Stanford University, "Social identity threat in a diverse society."
Richard Nisbett, PhD, University of Michigan, "Culture and point of view."
Ariel Merari, PhD, Tel Aviv University, "Explaining suicidal terrorism: theories versus empirical evidence."
"Emerging directions in work and family research," with Wendy Casper, PhD, Evelina Ascalon, PhD, Angie L. Lockwood, PhD, Jennifer E. Swanberg, PhD, Debra Major, PhD, Terri McKinstrey, PhD, and Julian Barling, PhD.
Gisela Labouvie-Vief, PhD, Wayne State University, "Dynamic integration: affect, cognition and the self in adulthood."
Eduardo Salas, PhD, University of Central Florida; Shatha Samman, PhD, University of Central Florida; Sean Reilley, PhD, University of Cincinnati; Yoel Donchin, PhD, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, "Stress and error in the workplace."
M. Christopher Newland, PhD, Auburn University, "Silent damage: behavioral challenges and aging unmask early toxicant exposure."
Roland Griffiths, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, "Experimental analysis of drug dependence: from caffeine to cocaine."
Richard Surwitt, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, and Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD, University of Florida Health Science Center, "Diabetes and behavior for the 21st century."
All dates, times and places for programs will be listed online at the APA Convention Web site in June and in the Convention Program, which will be available in mid-July.