February 2009 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 40 No. 2

February 2009 Monitor cover

COVER:
Dangerous distraction

  • Dangerous distraction

    Psychologists' research shows how cell phones, iPods and other technologies make us more accident prone and is laying the foundation to make using these gadgets less dangerous.

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SCIENCE WATCH

Programmed for life?

Your developmental environment can undercut your memory, give it a boost or possibly even predict how you'll treat your children.

In brief

IN BRIEF

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PRACTICE PROFILE

Heeding the call

Grady Dale Jr. works with minority and underserved urban children and families to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health care.

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QUESTIONNAIRE

Thinking outside the cage

Irene Pepperberg shocked the world by showing that bird brains can master complex tasks.

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ETHICS ROUNDS

Ethical practice in a reproductive medicine setting

Psychologists' work in this area involves an abundance of roles, clients and different settings.

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TIME CAPSULE

Pop psychology: The man who saved Coca-Cola

One hundred years ago, this psychologist launched his career by researching the effects the popular beverage had on people's motor skills and cognitive abilities.

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FEATURES

Less fighting, better outcomes

For the first time, a court directly supports psychology's role in lessening conflict in family breakups through parenting coordination.

Mini-multitaskers

For young people, a tendency to multitask may impoverish learning, productivity and even friendships.

Unmasking 'racial micro aggressions'

Some racism is so subtle that neither victim nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on—which may be especially toxic for people of color.

Why can't we be friends?

Minority and majority groups seek different things from their interactions with each other.

Caring for caregivers

The issues—and interventions—are different for racial and ethnic-minority caregivers.

Order in the classroom!

APA develops an online resource that gives K-12 teachers free advice from national experts.

Goodheart is APA's next president

Health-care reform and aiding caregivers will top her priorities.

In search of cutting-edge work

A new editor aims to publish her journal's innovative research more quickly and efficiently.

Goldman bequeaths $1.5 million to APF

Generous endowment will fund a congressional fellowship.

Giving back

Ungerleider donates $25,000 for graduate student travel grants.

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HOW TO

Deal with clients you don't like

When can you capitalize on negative feelings, and when should you refer a client to someone else?

Building blocks

EARLY-CAREER PSYCHOLOGY

Connecting with your community

Practitioners offer advice on how early career psychologists can find the people who need their help.

Government Relations

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS UPDATE

Historic victories

Last year, psychology gained major victories with mental health parity and the Medicare program. This year, the APA Practice Organization is poised for some success.

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ON YOUR BEHALF

On Your Behalf

A wrap-up of APA's latest advocacy.