Posts Tagged 'Psychological Science'

From the APS Journal Archive: Why Do Different Individuals Progress Along Different Life Trajectories?

“Why Do Different Individuals Progress Along Different Life Trajectories?” by Gregory T. Smith1 was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in July 2009 and has been cited 5 times (via Web of Science) since publication.

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The core marker of progress in psychological science is the degree to which our work enhances the welfare of people. In order to effectively enhance human welfare, we must develop comprehensive models that explain why different individuals progress along different life trajectories. Exciting theoretical accounts that describe transitional processes from gene polymorphisms through moment-to-moment behavior are beginning to emerge. These early accounts highlight opportunities to investigate specific transitional steps along that long pathway, the need to understand the universal and the contextual aspects of psychological processes, and the need to define and measure psychological constructs with more precision and clarity. It is likely that creative new research in each of these areas will bring enormous progress over the coming decade.

1 Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky


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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