Saths Cooper, President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), paid tribute to neuroscientist John O'Keefe and psychologists May‐Britt and Edvard I Moser for winning this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering an inner GPS in the brain. O'Keefe's pioneering work in 1971 was confirmed a generation later, in 2005, by the Mosers, making a considerable contribution to behavioural science. On behalf of IUPsyS’ 86 National Members and 20 Affiliates the world over, IUPsyS congratulates these eminent psychologists. This year´s Nobel Laureates receive the prize for their discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The three scientists have discovered a positioning system, an “inner GPS” in the brain, that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function. The President of the Norwegian Psychological Association and IUPsyS Vice President, Tor Levin Hofgaard, expressed his happiness for the three laureates and the scientific field of neuroscience. "Neuroscience has during the last two decades contributed substantially to our understanding of human functioning and pathology. I am happy to notice that psychology plays a major role", Hofgaard said. For more information, see: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/press.pdf
The overall aim is to use existing IUPsyS experience and its access to international scientific and applied expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers, educators and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to increase their understanding of and ability to respond to the mental health consequences of disasters so prevalent in the region. A renowned international faculty of scientists will work with participants on most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge, and show the constraints and opportunities of dealing with particular target groups such as children and adolescents. The workshop program will further address knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology, and help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific research and training in mental health support following disaster. Click here for the full Announcement and Call for Application.
Psychologists with research experience and leadership in areas related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan are invited to consider a 1-year Fellowship working in Geneva, Switzerland at WHO headquarters in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The final approval of funding for the program will be confirmed in December 2014 and applicants will be notified of the fellowship decision by 01 February 2015. Fellows are expected to bring their own core salary funding. Supplemental funds for travel and accommodation will be provided pending funding approval. The application deadline is 30 November 2014. For more information, see: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/global-health-fellowship.aspx.
IUPsyS Officers and EC members attended the European Congress of Psychology (ECP 2013) and associated meetings, including 5th International Conference on Licensure, Credentialing & Certification of Psychologists. Read More