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Encourage Your Colleagues and Students to Join Division 6
Division 6 members are devoted to studying the biology of behavior. Their focus is on behavior and its relation to perception, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, and emotion. Behavioral neuroscientists study the brain in relation to behavior, its evolution, functions, abnormalities, and repair, as well as its interactions with the immune system, cardiovascular system, and energy regulation systems. Comparative psychologists study the psychology and behavior of humans and other animals, with special interest in similarities and differences that may shed light on evolutionary, ecological, and developmental processes.
Established in 1944, when APA initiated its divisional structure, Division 6, using the name ―Physiological Psychology and Comparative Psychology, was among the original divisions included in APA's reorganization. The first three Division presidents were Donald G. Marquis, Donald B. Lindsley, and Clifford T. Morgan. Among the many distinguished earlier psychologists elected president of Division 6 are Frank Beach, Brenda Milner, Harry Harlow, James Olds, and Frances Graham. The Division's participation in the annual meetings and contributions to journals has been consistently high. Current members remain dedicated to enhancing knowledge of the nervous system and its mediation of behavior across species. The forums for achieving this commitment include meetings, publications, and involvement with APA's Science Directorate and Governing Board.
A comprehensive history of Division 6 has been written by Don Dewsbury:
Dewsbury, D.A. (1996). A History of Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) (PDF, 408KB): Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it. In D.A. Dewsbury (Ed.) Unification through division: Histories of the divisions of the American Psychological Association (pp. 41-65). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Please encourage your colleagues and students to join us in Division 6! You can direct them to the membership section of our Division website: There they can download an application, which they can send via email (or postal mail or fax) to Todd K. Shackelford, Division 6 Membership Chair.
There are many reasons why your colleagues and students might wish to join our Division. Here are 10 of them:
- Share professional knowledge
- Make new friends in the field
- Receive the latest journals and newsletters in the field
- Get published
- Enhance leadership skills
- Collaborate with colleagues—Co-publish, Co-present, Co-chair, etc.
- Advocate for psychologists' input into social policy
- Engage in the new division social networking sites (Beginning in 2011)
- Be recognized with awards, grants, Fellows status
- Find and/or be a mentor
Thank you for your support of Division 6.