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The Association for Psychological Science (APS), formerly the American Psychological Society, is a society for scientific psychology, whose mission is to "promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare." To this end, it holds annual meetings and publishes several journals, and works with government agencies to promote scientific psychology.
The society has approximately 14,000 members. Members must hold doctoral degrees in psychology (or related field) and show evidence of sustained contributions to scientific psychology. Graduate and undergraduate students may enroll as affiliates. The current president (2004-2005) is Michael S. Gazzaniga, and the President-Elect (2005-2006) is Morton Ann Gernsbacher.
APS was founded August 12, 1988, in the hopes of forming an association devoted to scientific psychology, as opposed to professional psychology, which dominates the American Psychological Association. The APS grew quickly, surpassing 5,000 members in its first six months. In 2005, proposals were put forth to change the name of the society from the American Psychological Society to the Association for Psychological Science. Voting on-line was conducted in October, 2005. Members overwhelmingly voted to adopt the new name. The name change took effect January 1, 2006.
The first APS Convention was held in Alexandria, Virginia on June 10-12, 1989. The convention is held annually in May or June. The 18th Annual Convention will be held in May, 2006, in New York City. A list of past and future conventions is available at the APS web site .
Publications and Journals
The APS publishes the APS Observer , a monthly magazine covering issues and research that concern the members of the society. It also publishes four journals, Psychological Science , Current Directions in Psychological Science , Psychological Science in the Public Interest , and (forthcoming in 2006), Perspectives on Psychological Science .
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