Archive for the 'E) Personal Info' Category

Building Alpha Ralpha Boulevard

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cordwainer Smith’s novelette “Alpha Ralpha Boulevard” is a central component of his future history, marking the onset of the period he called the Rediscovery of Man. Though it has come to be regarded as a classic, the story’s title, the behavior and fate of its central characters, and its underlying autobiographical sources have all retained an air of mystery. This paper argues that in writing “Alpha Ralpha Boulevard” Smith confronted his feelings about his divorce from his first wife, stressed the value of simple human kindness in his treatment of others, and thereby dissolved a serious and years-long writer’s block.

Personal Account of a Depression Era Log Home Near Batesville, Arkansas

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

According to the editor of this article, “The following brief and informal account of the construction of, and life in, a Depression era log home erected near Batesville, (Independence County) Arkansas, in 1939 provides invaluable insights into the necessity-driven resurrection of a dying construction technique brought about by the financial conditions of those times.”

Social Primatology (Social Psychology and Social Relevance, Chapter 2)

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The howling monkeys of Barro Colorado Island are especially attractive to social psychologists because their natural social life is protected from the destruction that hunters have delivered to their mainland brothers and sisters. Since being made wards of the Smithsonian Institution early in the 20th Century, the BCI howlers have been protected from the whims of fortune and the attacks of human Panamanians. This chapter is partly a report of my observations of howlers in the summer of 1959, when I was part of a field research expedition headed by Professor C. Ray Carpenter of Penn State University, and partly a broad review of the research literature on the social life of howlers and other nonhuman primates up to the early 1970s.

Alan Elms biographical interview

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Alan Elms: Personality in Psychobiography Interviewed by Kate Isaacson for the psychohistorical journal Clio’s Psyche Alan Elms was born in 1938 in  Texas, and grew up in Arkansas, California, and Kentucky.  He received a BA in psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1960 and earned his PhD in personality and social psychology at Yale University […]

Experimental Ethics: Issues Raised by Obedience Research

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Is the psychologist ever justified in leading a volunteer into a situation the volunteer has not anticipated and to which he has not given his prior consent? It’s tempting here simply to generalize from good medical research practice and argue (as Baumrind does) that the volunteer should always give his “informed consent” in advance, that he should be told what’s going to happen and what the dangers are so he can decide whether he really wants to participate or not. This may be feasible when you want to inject a bacillus into people, because telling them about it won’t do much to the bacillus one way or the other. But if you want to study the conditions under which a volunteer will obey an authority’s orders, you’d better not tell him, “I want to see when you’ll obey me and when you’ll disobey me,” or you might as well go play a quick game of ping-pong instead. The same is true for social conformity experiments, and in fact for a large proportion of the questions studied by social and personality psychologists.

My Life in Three Paragraphs

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Born in Texas. Moved to Arkansas. Moved a lot. Found paradise in San Diego. Lost it back in Ark., where Pa tried farming one more time. His son the fan dreamed s-f dreams of saving universe plus being famous writer. Dreamed more than wrote. Discovered Elvis, sex, and modern verse. Ran rats, read Freud. Last […]

Kentucky Bourbon Cake

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

1 box plain yellow cake mix 1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix 1 cup buttermilk 1 stick butter, melted 4 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup golden raisins ½ cup bourbon zest from 1 orange ½ stick butter ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup bourbon 2 oz water 1.)   Heat raisins, […]

Alan C. Elms: Curriculum Vitae

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Address and Telephone: Department of Psychology University of California One Shields Avenue Davis, California 95616-8686 Phone: (530) 902-0194 Fax: (530) 752-2087 e-mail address: Undergraduate Training B. A. The Pennsylvania State University, 1960. Major in psychology. National Merit Scholar, 1956-1960; Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies; graduated with highest honors. Graduate Training […]

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