Association for Psychological Science
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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." As a nonprofit organization, it is "dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national level." To this end, it holds annual meetings and publishes several journals, and works with government agencies to promote scientific psychology.
The society has over 15,000 members from all over the world. Members must hold doctoral degrees in psychology or medical degrees in psychaitry (or a related field), and show evidence of sustained contributions to scientific psychology. Graduate and undergraduate students may enroll as affiliates in the Association for Psychological Science Student caucus. The current president (2006-2007) is Morton Ann Gernsbacher, and the President-Elect (2005-2006) is John C. Cacioppo.
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 on 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 most recent, the 18th Annual Convention was held in May, 2006, in New York City. The next convention is set to take place in Washington, D.C. in May 2007. A list of past and future conventions is available at the APS web site .
 Publications and Journals
The APS publishes the Observer, a monthly magazine covering issues and research that concern the members of the society. The flagship journal of the organization is Psychological Science, which is considered one of the most influential publications in the field. APS also publishes three other journals: Current Directions in Psychological Science, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and its newest addition, Perspectives on Psychological Science.