Applied Psychology OPUS

Letter from the Editor

As psychology students at a large research university in the heart of New York City, we recognize that psychology does not exist in a vacuum. We are acutely aware of how context and culture permeate all aspects of our experience, and strive to bring these considerations back into the psychological equation. We often ask, "Why is this important? Who are we benefiting? How can we make an impact?" Encouraging us to consider the application of a psychology saturated with subjectivity is the message of both NYU’s Applied Psychology program and NYU Applied Psychology OPUS.

Undergraduate researchers rarely have a voice in the larger psychological community, but this voice is crucial. OPUS was created to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of NYU undergraduate students in psychology. As an online publication, OPUS is designed to allow students to reach a wider audience with their work, simultaneously creating the potential for dialogue both within and beyond NYU. OPUS strives to build a community of excellence for undergraduates who are not only studying psychology from a textbook, but becoming actively engaged by asking questions and applying this knowledge to their world.

Whether you’re interested in language acquisition, the development of treatment options for psychological disorders, or the portrayal of mental illness in modern cinema, this publication pushes for a broader, functional definition of psychology. Our inaugural issue features academic work in all forms, from empirical investigations to review articles, op-ed pieces, and creative works. These articles present only a few of the impressive undertakings of undergraduate NYU psychology students and we look forward to showcasing many, many more.

So welcome to the Spring 2010 issue of NYU Applied Psychology OPUS! As you read, ask yourself, what is psychology to you? We hope this issue will get you talking.

Vanessa Victoria Volpe