Top Psychology Schools in the U.S.

A number of online academic resources have come out with lists of the best U.S. colleges for psychology majors. We decided to take a look at College Crunch, Social Psychology Network, Schoolahh to see which undergraduate programs were highly ranked across the board. Stanford University in Palo Alto, California ranks number one on all three of the lists above. This isn’t surprising given that Stanford’s psychology department has been collecting kudos for more than fifty years. The philosophy of the department is that success results from the connection between teaching and scientific research. It’s organized into five areas of study within the field of psychology: Cognitive, Developmental, Neuroscience, Personality and Social Psychology. Research at Stanford includes (but is not limited to) topics like aggression, social behavior, competitiveness, dreaming, color perception, spatial relations, learning and memory. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor appears in the top five of each list. This Big Ten School offers three concentrations: 1) Psychology, 2) Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science and 3) Neuroscience. The school has many research labs that provide undergraduates with the ability to participate in research studies. Active research studies include African-American racial identity, human brain electrophysiology, human performance and cognition, visual and verbal working memory, affective neuroscience and biopsychology, neuronal mechanisms of movement and reward, and many more. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign appears in the top ten on the lists above largely because of its laboratories for research in human learning, animal learning, physiological psychology, animal motivation, human perception, and social behavior, just to name a few. The school houses extensive computer facilities, a complete animal colony, a fully equipped video laboratory facility for observation and videotape production. The Urbana-Champaign psychology department also operates a psychological clinic and other research and training facilities housed outside of its main building. Because PAR, Inc. is based in Florida, we’re also familiar with high caliber programs in our Sunshine State.  Most notable is University of Florida’s graduate program, which was voted one of the best programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2009. Programs at University of South Florida and University of Miami also earn high marks for their courses of study and resources.

The Standard Inventory Measure of the Five-Factor Model Is Now Applicable to Those as Young as 12 Years

The new NEO™ Inventories for the NEO™ Personality Inventory-3 (NEO™-PI-3), NEO™ Five-Factor Inventory-3 (NEO™-FFI-3), and NEO™ Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R™) by Robert R. McCrae, PhD and Paul T. Costa, PhD are now available. In  addition, several updated NEO software products are now available including the NEO™ Software System with NEO™-PI-3, NEO PI-R™, NEO™-FFI-3, and NEO™ PDR™ Modules; the NEO™ Software System with NEO™-PI-3, NEO PI-R™, and NEO™-FFI-3 Modules; the NEO™ Software System On-Site Scanning Module for the NEO™-PI-3 and NEO PI-R™; as well as all materials needed for the NEO PI-R™ and NEO™-PI-3 Professional Report Service. The NEO-PI-3 provides a comprehensive and detailed assessment of adult and adolescent personality. It is a concise measure of the five major domains of personality (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness). The NEO-FFI-3 is a 60-item version of the measure, ideal for situations where time is limited and global information on personality is sufficient. The NEO PI-R forms and norms have not changed with the update of the NEO Inventories Professional Manual. Both the NEO-PI-3 and NEO-FFI-3 include a downward extension to age 12. Items have been revised to make them easier to read and more appropriate for younger examinees. Separate adolescent and adult norms are available. NEO-PI-3 Profile Forms have been made larger and now more user-friendly; combined-sex Profile Forms are now available. New features such as the NEO Problems in Living Checklist and NEO Style Graph Booklet provide innovative ways to give clients feedback on their particular personality profile.

Try the NEO-3 and let us know what you think.

Congratulations! You’ve received an unexpected financial windfall. Should you use the money to buy a new GPS or go to a concert with friends? According to a 2009 study conducted by the San Francisco State University psychology department, you’d be well served to choose the concert; your appreciation of the experience will grow over time, whereas your appreciation for the GPS will lessen in a matter of weeks. Participants in the study answered questions about purchases they made with the intention of making themselves happy. Most were initially happy with their purchases regardless of whether they were material or experiential. However, those who invested in experiences tended to show higher levels of satisfaction for a significant amount of time after the events occurred. Also, because the experiences usually included other people, they reported a sense of connecting to friends or relatives, fulfilling a need for social bonding. We found out about this study in a blog post from David DiSalvo called Ten Psychology Studies from 2009 Worth Knowing About. There are some other interesting studies on his list. We encourage you to take a look.
Well, we are all packed and ready to go to San Diego for the 118th Annual APA conference. We hope you’ll stop by the booth to meet some of our staff and take a look at several of the new products we have released this year including the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2™Child and Adolescent (STAXI-2™ C/A), the Tasks of Executive Control™ (TEC™), the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, 2nd Edition (SIRS-2), and the 11 new NAB® stand-alone tests. We also have copies of the new Mini-Mental® State Examination, 2nd Edition ( MMSE®-2™) and a sample copy of the soon-to-be-released NEO™ Inventories 3 for you to examine. Remember, you’ll receive 15% and free shipping and handling on all purchases made at APA. So, be sure to stop by and say, “hello.” Cynthia Lumpee Vice President Customer Support
When it comes to common fears, snakes, heights and confined spaces seem to grab all the headlines. But there are hundreds of other phobias we struggle from, including some you may never have heard of: 1.  Chionophobia: February 13, 2010 must have been a particularly bad day for Americans suffering from Chionophobia – a fear of snow. On that day, 49 out of 50 states had snow on the ground. The holdout? Hawaii. 2.  Coulrophobia: Finally! A proper name for our fear of clowns. Coulrophobia often originates with an early childhood experience that’s, well, not very funny. 3.  Phronemophobia: This could win the award for being the world’s most difficult phobia to treat -- the fear of thinking. 4.  Telephonophobia: No word on whether this phobia – a fear of telephones – extends to text messages. 5.  Geniophobia: We were certain this referred to a fear of genies, but the only genies that could scare a Geniophobe would be those with … chins. Assuming that you don’t suffer from Sesquipedalophobia (fear of long words), we’d like to hear about other unusual phobias you know about. Please use the comment section below to add to our list.
PAR is proud to announce that the following software products are now available for direct download to your computer through our Web site, www.parinc.com: Simply click on the product page link and select the Download item code or the Download with CD-ROM item code to have a backup CD mailed to you. We hope you will enjoy being able to download software products directly from PAR and hope to make more products available in this way in the future. We are conducting a survey to see which other software products you would like to be made available in this format. [polldaddy poll=3501671] We appreciate your feedback. Thank you for helping us to understand how we can better serve you.
[caption id="attachment_119" align="alignright" width="240" caption="For more information about PAR's involvement in the community, please visit www.parinc.com/Community.aspx."][/caption] Recently PAR held a contest and asked its Customers to describe, in 300 words or less, their involvement in their favorite local charities. The winners are listed below and will receive cash donations in their names to the charities they submitted and support - $500 for the first place winner, $350 for second place winner, and $250 for the third place winner. The winner of the PAR Community PARtners contest is Robert Mintz from Short Hills, NJ. Robert nominated a charity called Down The Block (http://www.downtheblock.org) that provides assistance to local residents who find themselves in financial distress. Robert described the charity as a “hyper-local” non-profit organization located in Millburn Township, NJ that focuses on assisting those who are not eligible for traditional support. The second place winner is Shaun Keel who nominated Foster A Life (http://www.fosteralife.com). The organization’s mission is to provide services and opportunities to foster children to promote a more positive self-image and an increase in their self-esteem. They are a 100% volunteer organization, so all funding goes directly to the children. The third place winner is Judith Mathewson who submitted an organization named Welcome Home Vets (http://www.whvets.org). This organization focuses on providing psychological, financial, or spiritual help to veterans returning home from combat as well as to their families. Our congratulations and thanks to each of you for all the good work you do in your communities! Download the entries from the winning contestants.
Due to Customer requests for a non-iPhone version of our successful application, the PAR Assessment Toolkit is now available on a variety of platforms and devices! The PAR Assessment Toolkit can be accessed for free on any internet-enabled computer or mobile device. This helpful resource includes...
  • A Normal Curve, along with associated standard score conversions for a variety of metrics, that can be used to convey results to clients or professionals;
  • A Conversion Chart, which enables you to rapidly convert between T scores, z scores, percentiles, and standard scores;
  • An Age Calculator, which quickly generates an individual’s exact age in years, months, and days after you input his or her birth date;
  • A Mental Age Determiner, which enables you to input an individual’s chronological age and IQ and receive an estimate of his or her mental age;
  • A Stopwatch, which assists in the monitoring of timed assessments or performance tasks by enabling you to count down from a specified amount of time or count up from 00:00; and
  • A Compliancy Calculator, which helps you to comply with state and/or district mandates by quickly calculating the deadline for initial appointment set-up.
Visit http://toolkit.parinc.com to access the toolkit today. [caption id="attachment_113" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="toolkit.parinc.com"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_114" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Normal Curve"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_115" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Stopwatch"][/caption]
Dear Colleagues, There are so many new and exciting things to tell you about—our newly updated Web site, our first blog, and the release of several innovative new products; and the availability of the Mini-Mental® State Examination, 2nd Edition™ (MMSE®-2™) forms in 10 new languages. I encourage you to take a few minutes to browse our Web site or download a PDF of our latest catalog and discover all that we have to offer.

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I am delighted to announce the upcoming release of four new products: the NEO™ Inventories (NEO™-PI-3/NEO™-FFI-3), the Emotional Disturbance Decision Tree™–Parent Form (EDDT™-PF), the Inventory of Legal Knowledge™ (ILK™), and the Memory for Intentions Test™ (MIST™).
  • The NEO-PI-3 is a concise measure of the five major domains of personality, as well as the six traits that define each domain. Designed to provide a detailed assessment of personality in adolescents and adults, this new edition is appropriate for use with adolescents ages 12 years or older. Thirty-eight items have been revised or edited to lower the reading level and make the instrument more appropriate for younger examinees. In addition, new NEO tools have been created to enhance the usability of the NEO-PI-3 in occupational and clinical settings. The NEO-FFI also has been revised.
  • The EDDT-PF is designed to assist in the identification of children who qualify for the federal special education category of emotional disturbance (ED). Because many school districts require parental input when making eligibility decisions, the EDDT-PF was developed to provide a standardized approach to the assessment of ED that encompasses the federal guidelines and addresses the broad emotional and behavioral nuances of this population.
  • The ILK is a 61-item, orally administered interview designed to help practitioners and researchers quickly evaluate response style in adolescents and adults undergoing evaluations for competence to proceed.
  • The MIST is an examiner-administered performance-based test of prospective memory skills—the ability to remember to carry out a task in the future.
Additionally, the new MMSE-2 forms are being translated into 10 languages, including Spanish for the U.S., German, Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Latin American Spanish, French, Russian, European Spanish, and Hindi. These translations will be available soon. Contact our Customer Support Center for more information. Finally, I want to thank you for your continued support and for your business. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you. R. Bob Smith III, PhD, Chairman and CEO P.S. PAR has evaluated its proprietary software for compatibility with the recently released Windows® 7. Download our Windows 7 Compatibility Chart to find out if the version of PAR software you are using is compatible with Windows 7. If you have further questions, please call Technical Support at 1.800.899.8378.
Every once in a while a person or publication will try to rank the most influential people in the field of psychology, past and present. Inevitably each list delivers different results, so we want to bring the question to you. Fromm? Freud? Frasier? Who gets your vote? Is there a place on the list for popular culture? We would love to hear who you think is the most influential person in the history of psychology and why. Please comment.