Monitor on Psychology - October 2011 - (Page 10)

Upfront Live science on the showroom floor For the first time, APA’s Annual Convention featured live science research demonstrations to showcase the ways psychological research benefits everyday life. The APA Science Showcase — which was open to the public — featured the work of three scientists: • Michael Proulx, PhD, of Queen Mary University, London, who won the showcase’s top prize for “best demonstration” for The vOICe. This visual-to-auditory sensory substitution device, invented by Peter Meijer, PhD, of the Netherlands, translates visual images into sounds. The device enables blind and blindfolded users to identify and locate objects simply by hearing sounds. • Beth Karlin, of the University of California, Irvine, who collaborated on the uci@home project, an innovative approach for conserving energy in homes. Based in part on psychological research, the system gives people immediate feedback on their energy use through a wireless network of “smart powerstrips” that communicate with a central hub and send information to people’s smartphones and other devices. • David Schroeder, PhD, of the Federal Aviation Administration Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (retired), who presented the Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT), invented by psychologist David Dinges, PhD. PVT measures sustained attention, psychomotor speed and impulsivity among workers in highintensity jobs. During his presentation, Schroeder demonstrated the PVT Self Test and discussed how PVT and other tools are used to assess sleep and fatigue in operational settings. —S. MARTIN Lloyd Wolf Click here to see video of the demonstrations. Dr. Michael Proulx, who won the APA Science Showcase’s top prize for “best demonstration” showed how The vOICe translates visual images into sounds. 10 MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY • OCTOBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - October 2011

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011
President’s Column
Subtle and stunning slights
From the CEO
Live science on the showroom floor
Zimbardo re-examines his landmark study
Ready, set, mentor
Attention students and ECPs: Self-care is an ‘ethical imperative’
Suicide risk is high among war veterans in college, study finds
Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why
From toilet to tap: getting people to drink recycled water
What’s ahead for psychology practice?
A push for more accountability is changing the accreditation process
Peer, parental support prove key to fighting childhood obesity
Popular media’s message to girls
Bullying may contribute to lower test scores
A consequence of cuckoldry: More (and better) sex?
Manatees’ exquisite sense of touch may lead them into dangerous waters
Building a better tomato
How will China’s only children care for their aging parents?
‘Spice’ and ‘K2’: New drugs of abuse now on the market
Many suspects don’t understand their right to remain silent
In Brief
Boosting minority achievement
Where’s the progress?
And social justice for all
Helping new Americans find their way
Segregation’s ongoing legacy
A new way to combat prejudice
Retraining the biased brain
Suppressing the ‘white bears’
How to eat better — mindlessly
Protect your aging brain
Must babies always breed marital discontent?
Outing addiction
Flourish 2051
The danger of stimulants
Keys to making integrated care work
Is technology ruining our kids?
Facebook: Friend or foe?
The promise of Web 3.0
NIMH invests in IT enhanced interventions
Science Directions
Science Directions
PsycAdvocates work to safeguard key programs
The psychology of spending cuts
APA’s strategic plan goes live
Visionary leaders
Vote on bylaws amendments

Monitor on Psychology - October 2011