September 2005 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 36 No. 8

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Memory flexibility

  • A workout for working memory

    New research suggests that mental exercises might enhance one of the brain's central components for reasoning and problem-solving.

  • Can you force yourself to forget?

    One psychologist says he's discovered a mechanism that could explain how people suppress unwanted memories; others disagree.

  • Feelings' sway over memory

    New research suggests that emotions can strengthen and shape memory.

  • The culture of memory

    Researchers are discovering that our culture helps shape how we remember our past--and how far back our memory stretches.

  • Mending memory

    Psychologists are exploring memory enhancers that exploit the latest research in brain function.

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Marine mammals master math

Study makes waves by showing for the first time that dolphins understand the concept of numerosity.

Judicial building at night


On being an ethical psychologist: A more-than-academic example

Mindful of the values that inform his professional work, a teaching psychologist uses a potential conflict of interest to bring ethics into his classroom.

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Providing for veterans

Several APA directorates are coordinating efforts to advocate for federal funding for veterans' mental health services, training and research.

Too few in quantitative psychology

The subdiscipline sees shrinking numbers, but growing opportunities.

Plastic surgery: Beauty or beast?

Cosmetic surgery is booming, but what's the mental cost of changing your appearance? Psychologists look to fill in the research gaps.

Helping children cope with disaster

APF funding is helping the Population and Community Development Association of Thailand use a mountain resort camp to help Thai children recover from the tsunami's lingering affects.

Closer connections

Undergraduate programs are seeking to build closer-knit communities for students to prevent burnout, dropouts and anxiety. Here's how.

A showcase for the mind-body connection

The APA Practice Directorate's Public Education Campaign is furthering knowledge of the mind-body health interplay by providing psychologists with resources to inform consumers.

Psychological science meets library science

Librarians are lending APA their expertise on research trends, information-seekers and electronic database navigation through the new Library Advisory Council.

Bolstering child psychology research

Meet this year's recipients of the APF Koppitz Fellowships, which support promising graduate student research in child psychology.

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One drink too many

NIAAA scientists revise guidelines clinicians can use to assess alcohol problems.