October 2003 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 34 No. 9

October 2003 Monitor cover

Convention news

  • Who really does that voodoo?

    Recent research shows how people can mistakenly claim authorship of occurrences--believing, for example, that they cause a disliked person's headache when they prick a voodoo doll.

  • Bolstering evidence-based education

    A federal institute is devoted to disseminating scientific findings on what works in education.

  • Opening with a bang

    APA started its 111th annual meeting--'the convention that almost didn't happen'--with pure fun and celebration.

  • A matter of life and death

    Improving HIV/AIDS patients' medication compliance boosts longevity, psychologists say.

  • Helping women beat the odds

    Psychologists are testing HIV/AIDS interventions that empower women to take control of their sexual health.


The seven sins of memory

Convention award-winner Daniel Schacter explained the ways that memory tricks us.

Psychology on the cutting edge

NIH directors highlighted growth areas for psychologists' research.

Ewwww, gross!

Psychologist Paul Rozin offered insights into the science of disgust.

Countering insidious stereotypes

Hidden threats to minority groups can be overcome through increased exposure.

The social class factor

Psychologists conveyed poverty's mental health effects on the disadvantaged and chronically ill.

Preparing for psychology practice in the year 2020

Changes in demographics, technology, models of health-care delivery and the consumer's role in health care will likely mean big alterations in psychology practice.

Building an independent practice

A business plan and good advisers are key to opening your own office.

Rebounding from losses

Psychologists shared how they've applied resilience-building strategies from APA's public education campaign.

It's more than reading, writing and 'rithmetic

Psychologists' research findings can help students better use what they know.

Affirmative action in focus

Many Americans resist affirmative action because they do not understand it, said Faye Crosby.

Banding together for education

An APA coalition discussed how psychology's many perspectives can contribute to the No Child Left Behind Act.

A primer on teaching positive psychology

It's easy to connect positive psychology to students' lives, whether you're teaching one unit or a whole course.

What's wrong with college admissions

A new standardized test developed by psychologists appears to better predict who will succeed in college.

Training young minds not to wander

New research suggests that, beyond genes, experience affects a specific brain network involved in attention.

Keeping aging minds sharp

Researchers are probing why a quarter of older adults maintain strong memory skills.

What makes mental time travel possible?

Psychologist Endel Tulving offered a theory on our uniquely human ability to act today based on our past and future.

How 'emotional intelligence' emerged

Psychologist Peter Salovey outlined how we use our emotional smarts to solve problems.

Tips for taking the helm

Psychologist and university chancellor Sharon Stephens Brehm offered advice on becoming an academic administrator.

A brief history of RxP

Presidential speaker Patrick DeLeon recounted psychologists' progress in their quest for prescriptive authority.

Ethics as prevention

Many ethical dilemmas can be avoided by thinking ahead, said convention presenters.

Should you testify for your client?

Mixing forensic and clinical roles creates an ethically sticky situation.

Leaders in the field

Congratulations to those recognized at APA's 2003 Annual Convention for their outstanding achievements and contributions to psychology.

Helping South African veterans find jobs, heal anger

South African and American psychologists are creating an intervention to reintegrate former guerrilla fighters into civilian life.

The 'Street' that changed everything

Lloyd Morrisett gave children's educational television a historic makeover by helping to introduce Big Bird and the 'Sesame Street' gang.

Sidewlak of a building


Public interest challenges on Capitol Hill

More than ever, APA's Public Policy Office needs your help in advocating for psychology's agenda.


Judicial Notebook

President's Column