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From the APS Convention: When Chaos Comes Home

Alexander P. Kempe of Metropolitan State University presented his research “When Chaos Comes Home” during Poster Session I at the 24th APS Annual Convention.

Alexander P. Kempe
Metropolitan State University

Kasandra Danielson
Metropolitan State University

Kerry S. Kleyman
Metropolitan State University

Soldiers have always struggled with readjusting to life after war. The current study evaluated over 400 soldiers using Zuckerman’s Sensation Seeking Scale and Courbasson’s Reflective Activity Scale. As expected, results indicated significantly higher sensation seeking for combat versus non-combat soldiers. Discussion included future studies and suggestions for treatment.


From the APS Convention: Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion

Idan Shalev of Duke University presented his research “Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion: A Longitudinal Study” during Poster Session V at the 24th APS Annual Convention.

Idan Shalev
Duke University

Terrie E. Moffitt
Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom

Avshalom Caspi
Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom

Using a longitudinal design we tested the effects of violence exposure during childhood on telomere erosion rate. We assessed childhood adversity prospectively and measured telomere length at two time-points, at age-5 and at age-10 years. Children who were exposed to multiple forms of violence had the fastest telomere erosion rate.

Highlights from the 24th APS Annual Convention

The Association for Psychological Science held its 24th Annual Convention in Chicago last month. Psychological researchers and academics came together for an exciting program covering the entire spectrum of innovative research in psychological science under the theme “Diverse Perspectives.” Highlights included:

Schizophrenic Patients and Self-Concept: Fahad Rahman from Teachers College, Columbia University presented his research examining the self-reference memory effect (SRM) in schizophrenic patients [Read More].

Inside the Neurotic Mind: A brief history of where neuroticism has been, and a briefer glimpse of where it’s going, framed the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award address by David Barlow, a professor of both psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and the founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Psychologists have a much clearer understanding of neuroticism today than when it was first described in the 1940s by Hans Eysenck. Today’s diagnostics for negative affect suggest a strong biological component — meaning some degree of heritability— and a strong psychological component, stemming from early experiences like trauma or even parenting style.

“These two vulnerabilities, when they line up properly, and they become activated by stress, then they develop a generalized anxiety syndrome,” said Barlow, “They become generally anxious — you might say neurotic.” [Read More]

Elsewhere at the convention:

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Alan E. Kazdin, Founding Editor of Clinical Psychological Science, at the 24th APS Annual Convention

Alan E. Kazdin, founding editor of Clinical Psychological Science, held an informal audience with researchers and students on the opening day of the 24th Annual APS Convention in Chicago.

He spoke about the aims and scope of the journal, as well as his own research, and also offered his thoughts on the future of the field.

Clinical Psychological Science is now accepting submissions and will publish accepted papers online ahead of the inaugural, January 2013 issue.

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24th APS Annual Convention – One Week and Counting!

It’s now only one week until the BIGGEST APS CONVENTION EVER gets underway in Chicago.

Thousands of scientists and educators will walk through the doors of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers between May 24 and 27, making the convention the premier international meeting dedicated solely to psychological science!

If you haven’t already registered, click here to register now and make sure you don’t miss a great program including:

Keynote Address by James S. Jackson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Presidential Symposium “Diverse Perspectives: Who Owns Science?” chaired by APS President Douglas L. Medin, Northwestern University

Bring the Family Address “Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing” by Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College

Theme Programs:

Biological Beings in Social Context

Disaster, Response and Recovery

Music, Mind, and Brain including a special concert featuring Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy award-winner and bassist for Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.

There are also workshops, award addresses, special events, and other invited talks, addresses, and symposia by the field’s most distinguished leaders.

If you need to join APS or renew your membership, you can do this at the same time that you register for the convention, and take advantage of the deeply discounted rates for APS Members.


When: Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Sunday, May 27, 2012
Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Fee: View Registration Fees

APS 24th Annual Convention – One Month to Go!

It’s just one month until the Association for Psychological Science’s 24th Annual Convention opens its doors in Chicago. From May 24 to 27 attendees will be able to explore a wide range of events grouped around the convention theme of “Diverse Perspectives.”

Highlights include:

  • Keynote Address from James S. Jackson, University of Michigan — Jackson’s research focuses on how culture influences our health during our lives, attitude changes, and social support. He has contributed enormously to our understanding of such diverse perspectives as race relations and racism around the world. For example, his research has highlighted how racial discrimination can affect physical and mental health and treatment. Jackson is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Aging Society Research Network of the MacArthur Foundation. He is a recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for his lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.
  • “Inside the Psychologist’s Studio” — Interviews with the legends of Psychological Science, including Brenda Milner, McGill University, Canada, and Margaret Beale Spencer, University of Chicago.
  • “Bring the Family Address” from Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College — Schwartz’s research investigates the decision-making processes that underlie our choices and examines how our choices make us feel. Schwartz’s current research examines the role of “practical wisdom” — built on personal experience, ethics, and judgment in decision-making. Throughout his work, Schwartz blends insights from psychological science and economics to understand how we make decisions, how we come to value some things above others, and how we balance our sense of morality with our own self-interest.
  • The chance to meet Alan E. Kazdin, Founding Editor of Clinical Psychological Science, and learn more about the scope and mission of this exciting new journal from the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Special Saturday Night Concert featuring world-renowned bassist Victor Wooten (Five-Time Grammy Award Winner and a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones). The concert is part of the Music, Mind, and Brain theme program.

Over the course of the three days, attendees can also earn up to 15.5 APA Continuing Education credits from a broad range of programs, including the Psychological Science in the Public Interest Symposium, the Clinical Science Forum, and many other symposia and addresses on topics such as “Gene-Environment Interactions of Psychological Traits” and “Current Directions in ADHD Research.”

The Association for Psychological Science looks forward to welcoming attendees to its biggest convention ever. Visit the convention’s homepage to register, find accommodations, and view comprehensive event listings. To follow convention news and add your voice on Twitter, use the hashtag #APS2012.

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