November 2005 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 36 No. 10

November 2005 Monitor cover

COVER:
APA’s 113th Annual Convention

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ETHICS ROUNDS

Ethics at APA's Annual Convention

The many ethics programs at convention demonstrate that ethics is increasingly perceived as part of the fabric of psychologists' work, rather than as a set of external constraints on what we do.

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FEATURES

Linear or logarithmic?

Inaccurate mental number-line representations may hinder children's math-skills development.

Gestures give learning a hand

Hand movements prove a pathway to shifts in thinking.

Where did that idea come from?

Researchers are searching for the seat of creativity and problem-solving ability in the brain.

Why we can't remember when...

The hippocampus's role in memory may help explain why we cannot remember our early childhood, and why stress affects our memory later in life.

Probing the depression-rumination cycle

Why chewing on problems just makes them harder to swallow.

'I felt like a survivor, rather than a victim'

The Central Park jogger shared her story of recovering from trauma.

Cosmetic surgery's dark side

A cultural trend challenges the feminist ideals of the original 'Our Bodies, Ourselves,' symposium panelists said.

A community reborn

Former Penn President Judith Rodin used her psychology background to engage and transform the campus's surrounding community.

Empirical research and family policy

The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Children and Families says empirical research is improving family services.

Culture affects reasoning, categorization

A Northwestern University professor finds that people's culturally shaped perceptions have profound effects on cross-cultural research.

Cultural education goes both ways in U.S. prisons

Psychologists walk a line between educating prison officials about Latino culture, and explaining U.S. laws and culture to Latino inmates, said a convention panelist.

Striking a balance between correction and care

Convention speakers examined the challenges of providing mental health care in correctional facilities.

Instilling skills for treating minority elders

It takes practice to gain cultural astuteness in clinical work, said a convention speaker.

Weeding out cheaters

Psychology teachers shared strategies for preventing plagiarism and copyright violations.

Beyond reading, writing and 'rithmetic

An APA project is training Maryland teachers to bring 'the other three Rs'--reasoning, resilience and responsibility--into their classrooms.

A learning-disability dialogue

Experts debated learning-disability assessment at APA's 12th Annual Institute for Psychology in the Schools.

Envisioning psychology's future

APA conventioneers aired thoughts on where the field should go--and there's still time for input.

A four-point plan

APA's president reported on the progress of his initiatives to enhance psychology's public profile, integrate psychology into primary care, increase APA's diversity and define evidence-based practice.

Enhancing diversity in APA

Task force members highlighted how APA can better serve diverse members and handle related conflicts.

Intervention, earlier

An epidemiologist calls for more research on whether increased treatment of mild mental health disorders reduces the prevalence of more serious problems.

Where psychotherapy meets neuroscience

A pioneering effort aims to define the underlying brain processes of effective therapy.

Leaders in the field

Congratulations to the psychologists recognized at APA's 2005 Annual Convention for their outstanding achievements and contributions to psychology.

Easing worker fears in Serbia

With State Department backing, psychologist Ivan Kos is helping citizens of Serbia, Croatia and other such countries reduce fear and work more productively.