VOLUME 29 NUMBER 1
For those of you who missed it, the February meeting was a success. We had the opportunity to hear interesting, state-of-the art presentations, to get together with old friends and to meet new ones. There were organized symposia on parenting, on cognition and color perception, on the family, and on social science research methods. There were 130 paid registrants, who came to Santa Fe from 13 different countries, including Germany, Singapore, Canada, Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, the UK, Guatemala, Israel, New Zealand, and the U.S.A. Collaborators listed in the program who could not attend were from seven additional countries. Thus, SCCR is becoming quite international in scope. If you missed the meeting, but would like to look at the program, both the program and abstracts will be up on the website for a while longer. http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/PSY/faculty/gibbons/sccr/index.html
Next year we will be meeting in Charleston and Doug Raybeck is the organizer. It promises to be a very interesting site and, of course, a great meeting. I look forward to seeing all of you there.
Dear Judy --
I've been meaning to tell you that the Institute was very grateful for the overhead projector. They even gave me an applause for it at a gathering we had!
SAT almost made me put it on my passport, which would mean I would have had to have it with me upon leaving, if anyone cared to check. I told them I wasn't going to do that, so then they asked how much it was worth, so they could charge me taxes! I said I had no idea and that I needed it for my work. I suggested they open it up and look at it since they had no idea what it was. When we opened it, we saw that the surface glass was cracked. I told them that it was worth nothing with the broken glass and asked if they wanted it. They taped it back up and sent me on my way WITH the projector, no taxes paid. I tried it out in the office and the crack only minimally interferes, not enough to render it worthless.
The Society for Psychological Anthropology will hold its next biennial meeting April 9 to 13th, most likely in San Diego, CA. Please note that the SPA is changing from a fall to spring schedule for the meeting. Watch for further updates and information here, in the SPA column of Anthropology News, and also on the SPA website at www.aaanet.org/spa/index.htm . The SPA welcomes all SCCR members to attend and participate in the meeting. For questions contact SCCR member Carmella Moore, SPA Secretary-Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 25th International Congress of Applied Psychology
(ICAP) will take place at the Singapore International Convention &
Exhibition Centre from July 7 to July 12, 2002. This quadrennial is jointly
hosted and organized by the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) and
the National University of Singapore and held under the auspices of the
International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
The 16th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology, sponsored by the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, will be held this year in Yogykarta, Indonesia, from July 15-19, 2002. For more information, go to: http://www.iaccpcongress2002.org/ or www.iaccp.org.
The 2002 meeting of the International Society for the
Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) will be held at the Chateau
Laurier in Ottawa, Canada, August 2-6, 2002. Information about the conference
is available at the ISSBD 2002 website at
http://www.issbd.uottawa.ca or by mail to ISSBD, School of Psychology,
University of Ottawa, PO Box 450 Stn A, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
A special conference on Culture, Politics and Development
will be held at the Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland from October
Hans-Peter Müller would like to point out some key features of his on-going and soon ending research, such as the ATLAS, a coloured ethnographic Atlas for Africa and Asia published in 1999, which is really extraordinary! In addition, a data bank based on Murdock's variables aggregated on national level (= "cultural heritage") is also available. Please visit http://www.ethno.unizh.ch/csfconference/index.html
Marshall H. Segall has developed a unique exhibition exploring the concept of race entitled, All of us are related, each of us is unique. This is a unique, pictorial teaching project that debunks the concept of "race". Please visit the following website: http://allrelated.syr.edu to preview the exhibition and for more information on how colleges, universities, libraries, etc. can purchase a copy of this important scholarly resource.
note of thanks to all of you from the Society for Cross-Cultural Research
who have sent email, cards, and telephone calls. The good news is that
I learned in early February that I had normal blood tests for the first
time in two years. Although the lymphoma is always present in my bone
marrow, spleen, and lymph nodes, I have no symptoms and present the oncologists
with a fine and rare example of a patient who is pushing the
envelope for survival time and good health.
Ron with granddaughter Mary Gail Brush
UCLA announces the establishment of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.
CBD organizes graduate and post-doctoral training for research
on the interaction among processes of cultural transmission, development,
and brain functioning. It also facilitates interchange and collaboration
among participating faculty. CBD is supported by a grant from the Foundation
for Psychocultural Research. Faculty participants come from UCLA programs
in Psychology, Anthropology, Neuroscience (including the Brain Mapping
Center), Applied Linguistics, and Education.
Participating graduate students are admitted to one of these
programs and receive CBD training to study how the brain, culture, and
ontogeny interact. Participating graduate students may be funded by their
Post-doctoral fellows receive integrative training and collaborate
with CBD faculty on research linking development, brain mechanisms, and
culture. CBD provides two one-year post-doctoral fellowships each year,
renewable for a second year. Post-doctoral researchers funded from other
sources are also welcome to participate in the CBD program. Post-doctoral
fellows attend the Forum and the Integrative Seminar and are eligible
to apply to CBD for small research or travel grants. Post-doctoral fellows
work primarily with faculty mentors in fields other than the one in which
they received their Ph.D.
At the biweekly Forum, speakers present research exploring how development,
culture, and brain are integrated. The Integrative Seminar explores how
culture, development, and the brain affect each other.
Harriet P. Lefley is an editor (along with Dale B. Johnson) of Family Interventions in Mental Illness: International Perspectives (Praeger, 2002). The chapters represent research currently being done in Australia. Austria, China, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. and the United States. The book focuses on treatment approaches for persons with serious mental illness and their families in different cultural settings, relating mental health service delivery to cultural and political change. Content includes sections on family caregiving and treatment involvement, collaborative models of service delivery, the growth of family organizations, and the relation of socioeonomic, political, and cultural factors to mental health policy.
Helmut E. Adler, Ph.D., was a highly esteemed psychologist and a recognized scholar by his colleagues. He was respected and admired by his numerous friends and former students. He died of a sudden heart attack at his home on June 7th, 2001. At the time of his death he was investigating the pioneer woman psychologist Lillien Martin, in order to write a chapter for one of the sequences of volumes on the Portraits of the Pioneers in Psychology, Vol. 5 (Kimble & Wertheimer, Eds, in press.) Among Dr. Adler's major interests was the life of Gustav Theodor Fechner, including his research, his ideas, and his writings. Previously, Dr. Adler had translated the first volume of the Elements of Psychophysics complying with a wish expressed frequently by Professor Edwin G. Boring. The publication commemorated the 100's anniversary of Fechner's publication in 1866. In addition, Dr. Adler wrote about other "Pioneers; among these was a chapter on Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (Kimble & Wertheimer, Eds., 2000).
Of course his involvement with several different pioneers
in the field of psychology was not Helmut E. Adler's only interest.
One of his earliest areas of research was animal behavior. His dissertation
was under Professor Carl J. Warden's guidance on observational learning
in cats, which he conducted at Columbia University. This was where he
received his B.S. in 1948, his M.A. in 1949, and his Ph.D. in 1952;
and in addition he was a certified psychologist. His first professional
employment as Assistant at Columbia University started in 1949 and lasted
until 1960; for the last 5 years he held the title of Lecturer. However,
his major affiliation was with Yeshiva University, which started in
1950. Dr. Helmut E. Adler was not only the Chair of the Department of
Psychology, but he was also teaching a diversified curriculum of courses.
He held the title of Professor from 1964 to 1991 when
he became Professor Emeritus. Dr. Adler was the founder of the Psi Chi
Chapter, of the Honor Society in Psychology at Yeshiva University, where
he was the Faculty Advisor for 42 years. He loved teaching and had many
wonderful and dedicated students -- in some cases a few students were
the second generation of his students. -- As a matter of fact, at the
time of his death he looked forward to teaching a course in the Fall
While Dr. Helmut E. Adler was active writing books and
articles, he was also a frequent presenter at professional meetings.
The summer months gave him the opportunities to travel and present his
papers around the globe, including the United States of America, Canada
and Mexico, and also different countries in Europe and Asia, as well
as in Australia and New Zealand.
As an additional affiliation Dr. Adler became first a
Research Fellow in 1955, and then a Research Associate from 1969 to
1984 at the American Museum of Natural History. It was during this time
that he did his famous studies on the migration of birds. One could
say that it represented the cutting edge of research using computer
simulation of the migratory paths and movements of birds, including
whooping cranes and pigeons. In these studies Helmut E. Adler was collaborating
with his son Barry P. Adler, a computer expert. Their presentations
in 1965 and 1966 were forecasting the use of computers in science.
Yet, Dr. Adler was interested in expanding his research
on observational learning. Together with his wife, Dr. Leonore Loeb
Adler, they wanted to investigate the earliest time to learn by observation
in dogs. While they approached several breeders, none of them supplied
the puppies for the study. Therefore they bred the puppies in their
own home. They needed several litters. Eventually the results showed
that, while puppies are born blind, observational learning occurs as
soon as the eyes become functional. (For this study the Adlers used
the original "duplicate cage apparatus" from Columbia University.)
The summertime was also the time when the two Drs. Adler
pursued their interest in animal behavior. They volunteered their time
and efforts to study mostly sea mammals at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium
in Mystic, Ct., from 1976 to 1986. While they started with experiments
on observational learning in dolphins, they expanded this research and
also tested sealions. Eventually their investigations with dolphins
and one belukha whale focused on cognitive research.
After several years the Adlers were accused of dealing
with a "Clever Hans Effect," which is the possibility of giving
unwitting cues to the experimental animal. Three years after the original
experiment they set out on a follow-up study. (See Adler & Adler,
1990.) They used a completely "blind" procedure (which was
recorded on video tape). The results clearly showed that there had never
been any "Clever Hans Effect".
Dr. Helmut E. Adler shared his wife's interest in cross-cultural
psychology and research. They co-authored many studies and presented
the results together. Dr. Helmut E. Adler was a scientist of versatile
interests and a wealth of knowledge. He was-listed in 'Whos Who
in the East"; he was the recipient of the "Wilhelm Wundt Award"
from the Academic Division of the New York State Psychological Association;
he was Secretary General of the Section on Comparative Psychology and
Animal Behavior of the International Union of Biological Sciences from
1972 to 1986. And, Dr. Adler was on the Advisory Committee, Section
of Psychology, of The New York Academy of Sciences from 1972 to 2000.
Of course there were other outstanding memberships and affiliations
with other organizations.
Dr. Helmut E. Adler is survived by his wife, Dr. Leonore
Loeb Adler, and their three children: Barry P. Adler, a computer programmer
and systems analyst; Dr. Beverly S. Adler-Gross, a licensed clinical
psychologist; and Evelyn R. Agostini a payroll administrator with the
Foundation Center. There are seven grandchildren who mourn the loss
of their Granddad: Beth, Derek, Lynnette, Annette, Harrison, Taylor,
All in all, Dr. Helmut E. Adler fitted the image of what
the German people call a "Gelehrter" - a learned man, dedicated
to the study of science, and possessing enormous knowledge. In essence,
he enjoyed a long, successful and fulfilling life.
Leonore Loeb Adler, Ph.D.