September 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 8
COVER: 50 Years Post-Brown
- Desegregation to diversity?
Psychology takes a look at a half century of response to America's watershed decision of Brown v. Board of Education.
- A personal story of perseverance
Betty Kilby's family fought back against Virginia's resistance to school integration.
- Brown contributor Clark reflects back
Societal stability depends on our upholding the 'values of kindness,' said Kenneth B. Clark.
- Brown: a life-changing decision for all
The Brown Supreme Court desegregation decision "changed the lives of everyone who grew up in the United States in the last 50 years."
- Desegregating urban schools
A soon-to-be released APA task force report calls for broader analysis of urban student achievement.
- Report forthcoming from urban psychology task force
Task force members have summarized key urban psychological research in such areas as education, employment, health, city design, parenting, and violence and crime.
- True equality is still elusive
Black Americans still lag behind white Americans on almost every measure of prosperity, including employment, criminal justice, economic resources, health and education.
- Studying the opportunity gap
CUNY graduate students work with diverse high school students to explore inequality in education.
- Psychologist claims academic placement perpetuates racial segregation
The schools funneled white students into newly established honors and college preparatory classes, while placing African-American students in "regular" level courses.
- Social hurdles to true integration
Even in environments that are well-integrated numerically, the contingencies tied to our social identities--age, race, sexual orientation--can still threaten success.
Japanese study highlights health value of company, even in the face of literal shock.
- People don't notice unexpected visual changes--though they predict they will
- Traumatic brain injury may lead to difficulty understanding sarcasm
- Washington state eliminates postdoc requirement
- Psychologist-designed game linked to improvements in children's diets
- Lower family stress tied to improved child behavior
- APA Web site highlights psychological research's impact on everyday life
- Workshop examines intuition in law enforcement
- Massachusetts psychologist turns 100
- Campus Care and Counseling Act passes U.S. Senate
- D.C. court hears arguments in managed-care lawsuit
- Years of heavy drinking may irreversibly affect women's physical balance
- Depression may not entail a global tendency to attend to negative stimuli
- Guidelines seek to prevent bias in reporting of randomized trials
- Briefing explores digital media effects
Psychologists lend their expertise to overcoming the public's aversion to reclaimed water.
In 9/11's wake, researchers across fields are drawing on behavioral science to better understand people's reactions during fire-emergency evacuations--an effort they hope will lead to safer buildings.
Psychologists and government agencies are pursuing a new tack in promoting public health and safety: Stop preaching and provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.
The emerging field of neuroergonomics seeks to improve work safety and make everyday tasks, like driving, safer.
Through research, some psychologists are informing an administration effort to foster marriage among low-income couples.
Some argue the agenda does not adequately address the stressors of poverty and racism.
APA's Practice Directorate is co-piloting a pioneering program to ease litigious divorce's impact on children.
Psychologist Tawa Witko advocates for the American Indian community and seeks to give urban American Indians a stronger sense of their heritage.
A Boston University internship promotes cross-cultural sensitivity through collegiality.
A congressional briefing co-sponsored by APA explored positive aging and the aftermath of trauma.
A two-year program has selected 13 fellows to conduct school-based research with leaders in the field.
Book contributors explore how Clark's "social action research" broke new ground in American race relations.
Desegregation planners lacked the educational and developmental tools to help heal rifts, said the Comer Process founder.
A panel of psychologists highlighted research on promoting diversity in higher education and K-12 schools.
Psychologists' latest research shows that racism is more subtle--yet as pervasive and harmful as ever.
APF Rosen grant winner is testing preschoolers' executive brain functioning to gauge their future giftedness.
A CLOSER LOOK
Div. 13 has launched an effort to ease licensure restrictions on the work of consulting psychologists.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
Through an APA Public Policy Office campaign, psychologists share research findings on aging, AIDS, suicide, same-sex families and other hot legislative topics with their hometown U.S. Senate offices.