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By Dennis Published: February 25, 2009

The Psychology Archives will present a colloquium by Dr. Marigold Linton on Thursday, March 5th from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Room 335 of the Student Union. The title is "Living a Life, Archiving a Life."

Dr. Linton's main research area involves the examination of very long-term memory. For those interested in STEM, as Director of American Indian Programs at Arizona State University, Dr. Linton worked with all the tribes in Arizona to improve math/science education. Her distinguished career has included major roles in creating programs that have enabled many American Indians to earn advanced degrees in the sciences.

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Ethics and Spiritual Exercises - Book Review

By Dennis Published: February 18, 2009

This is certainly a time when ethics occupy significant space on the front pages of the business sections. As I have previously comments, it is surprising to me, although not to others, that despite trying to put a major emphasis on ethics over the last 10 years, so little has been accomplished. So I started reading books on ethics.

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Midlife in Crisis - Book Review

By Dennis Published: February 18, 2009

Although these days it might seem like the whole world is having a midlife crisis, for many baby boomers, and even some Generation Xers, the normal midlife issues are being exacerbated by externally imposed, job transition choices. Thus, at such a time, knowing how to deal with these midlife issues is critical. Yesterday, I mentioned a book and blog by Diane Wilson.

Today, I am going to review a book by Eda Goldstein entitled "When the Bubble Bursts: Clinical Perspectives on Midlife Issues." This book deals with midlife and also the narcissistic vulnerabilities that arise during this life stage. Although an excellent treatment of midlife transition issues, this book definitely comes from a psychoanalytic perspective. There is also a great deal more description of the problems of midlife than of what to do about such problems. The issues dealt with are not limited to work and are illustrated with numerous case studies.

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In a Career Transition: A Helpful Blog and Book

By Dennis Published: February 17, 2009

Are you currently undergoing a career transition? You are not alone.

A few years ago, a good friend of mine, Diane Wilson, wrote a book on career transitions. It was an excellent book that sold well, but today, the advice in the book is even more appropriate. Diane also has started blogging again and you can find her blog through the "People Getting Back in Control" Facebook group or

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Error on Educational Test

By Dennis Published: February 16, 2009

Everyone's nightmare. An error that gets through on a test. I have to admit, I am terrible at checking for errors, so I have to rely on those more gifted.

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Putting the Public in Public Service: Book Review

By Dennis Published: February 13, 2009

Two topics that attract my interest are 1) Emotional Labor and 2) the Nature of Service to the Public. Mary Guy, Meredith Newman, and Sharon Mastracci explore both topics in a book titled Emotional Labor: Putting the Service in Public Service.

The positives of the book:

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Scenes from SCP in San Diego

By Dennis Published: February 12, 2009

I just returned from the SPIM - SCP (Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 13 of APA) conference in San Diego. This was my second time at a SCP Conference and I would certainly recommend their conferences to practitioners, especially those interesting in consulting psychology, coaching, and individual assessment. This is a small, intimate conference, and everyone was very friendly. The weather in San Diego did not quite cooperate, it was wet and cold, but being from Ohio I know you cannot do much about the weather.

Due to a heavy schedule and multiple commitments, I could not attend as many sessions as I might have liked. However, standouts for me included a dynamic presentation by John Hofmeister (former President of Shell and now President of Citizens for Affordable Energy). Although his talk covered a number of bases, I would nutshell it as "selection of key personnel, especially executives, is critical; make sure you carefully select your top executives."

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Cheating on Personality Tests

By Dennis Published: February 6, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal, a well-written and interesting article on the human side of cheating on personality tests. It does make you wonder whether the personality test is becoming either 1) a test of intelligence or 2) the motivation to cheat. Nevertheless, the scientific evidence does indicate such tests are still 1) useful 2) cost effective 3) valid, although probably not as valid as though and 4) seen in a positive light by most candidates. 

And another WSJ article on that tough interview question about "what is your greatest weakness?" Mine is that I am so good looking people don't take me seriously.

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Publish or Perish - Citation Program

By Dennis Published: February 5, 2009

Google provides an excellent source for citation counts. There is a program available that simplifies the counting of citations. This program is available from Harzing. It seems to be quite popular. If interested, you can find it here. You do need to download it and also have some understanding of citations counts.

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Volunteering for Professionals

By Dennis Published: February 4, 2009

If you are a professional interested in volunteering or service, Ken Pope has put together a great site. This site lists a variety of different volunteer options for professionals. 

Pope's web home is filled with great resources, including on assessment.

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Psychology Archives Resumes Colloquium Series

By Dennis Published: February 3, 2009

The Psychology Archives at the University of Akron will welcome Professor Robert H. Wozniak to The University of Akron campus on Thursday, February 5th. Dr. Wozniak will be here from 12:30 - 2 pm in Room 312 of the Student Union to discuss "It's Not Just All About Information: Books in the History  of Psychology". This event is free and open to the public. Contact Dorothy Gruich at 330-972-7285 with any questions.

Dr. Wozniak is currently Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College and Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received his PhD in Psychology in 1970 from the University of Michigan and has taught at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.  His research interests include communicative development in young children, the early identification of autism spectrum disorders, and the history of American scientific and clinical psychology.  He is the author of Mind and Body: René Descartes to William James and Classics in Psychology, 1855-1914: Historical Essays and the editor of numerous volumes.

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Equal Pay Bill - Documentation, Documentation, Documentation

By Dennis Published: February 2, 2009

As I write this, Obama has signed the so-called Ledbetter or Equal Pay Bill. For organizations, this law can represent a major challenge. Many organizations do not retain the records or the documentation that would allow them to respond to pay discrimination suits filed years after the act. Although there are some who would argue for the benefit of no records, I believe that the only real solution is more and better documentation. Companies should collect and maintain information on the rationale for their pay decisions, including those at initial hire.

In addition, this does work against the movement in recent years to broader pay bands with wider managerial discretion.  If managerial discretion is going to be allowed, the reasons for decisions should be recorded and justified. The other alternative is to move back to greater use of centralized pay decision mechanisms.

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