October 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 9

October 2004 Monitor cover

APA's 112th Annual Convention

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A new story for depression's effects

Research by Ian Gotlib finds that depressed brains fail to respond to prolonged emotional stimuli.

What's behind prejudice?

People's emotions may better predict intolerant behavior toward certain groups than can stereotypes, according to a social psychologist's research.

Training the brain to fix itself

A behavioral neuroscientist's research has led to a technique that helps stroke patients regain lost arm use.

Toomey targets speak out

Two researchers whose HIV-prevention projects were targeted for cancellation by a congressional amendment discussed the importance of fighting for scientific freedom.

Memory divided

Research by psychologist Mark Packard finds interaction and competition between two of the brain's many memory systems.

Assessing mental capacity in older adults

APA and the American Bar Association have teamed up to educate legal and mental health professionals on determining diminished mental capacity in older clients.

A toxic world

Psychologists pointed to a possible link between chemicals in household products and the rise of developmental disorders among children.

From 'isms' to inclusion

Convention speakers shared strategies for applying APA's multicultural guidelines in psychology education and training.

Revealing racism

A psychology course teaches students to notice and oppose tacit acceptance of racism.

Helping teachers teach effectively

The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education is conducting projects to bring psychological research to educators.

Debating learning-disability identification

Do quantitative tests used to determine learning disabilities leads to the best outcomes for students?

Health-care change is coming: What do we do?

Ensuring that psychological services are integral to health-care delivery is key to keeping pace with the market, convention panelists advised.

The patient paper trail

A convention panel offered practitioners advice on keeping solid, safe patient records.

Approaching ethical dilemmas

When facing uncertainty, consult a colleague, refer to APA's Ethics Code and document your decision, advised APA Ethics Committee members.

Striking a balance

APA's president proposed public policy changes to allow time-strapped workers to handle contemporary work and family life.

What makes good people do bad things?

Former APA president drew from research to help explain evil under the backdrop of recent Iraqi prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib.

Changing behavior through TV heroes

Albert Bandura highlighted how serial dramas grounded in his social learning theory can lead people to make lifestyle changes and alter detrimental social practices.

Getting prostitutes off the streets

A former prostitute credits psychology for helping change her life. She runs a rehabilitation center to help others do the same.

Smarter than the average chimp

Despite different evolutionary paths, dolphins and the great apes may have developed similar cognitive abilities.

Paving the way to forgiveness

Work with victims and perpetrators in South Africa showed one psychologist the power and possibilities of encouraging emotional connections.

Friendlier ties to good health

Our social environment isn't always good medicine.




Judicial Notebook

President's Column