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Updated: Jan 5, 2020

Do you like writing?

Do you like winning?

Do you like writing and winning?

If you answered "yes" to the previous questions, then there is a competition that you would love!

The American Psychological Association (or APA for short) has an organization called the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (or TOPSS for short), and this organization is running its annual essay competition. While last year's topic was on racial bias, this year focuses on "An Aging World."

While we spend most of our days studying life's beginnings, we often lose sight of what aging means for the old. Thus, psychologists are trying to understand both the wonderful opportunities and painful challenges older adults face in their personal development, their social systems, and their living environments.

In an essay of no more than 3,000 words, you will be asked to explore all sorts of questions, including:

"What are the physical, psychological, and social factors that influence aging?"

"How can we promote healthy aging using current research?"

FOUR lucky winners are selected, and each winner will receive $250!

The deadline is March 15, 2017, so hurry before it's too late!

For more information about the competition, visit the website.

  • Brain Stamp Staff

Updated: Jan 5, 2020

Brain Stamp is a student-run online psychology magazine with articles and graphics that aim to teach and share ideas about psychology with one another. At the core, Brain Stamp is by students, for students.

Together, we are on a mission to break down the complex world of psychology into smaller pieces so that the study of you and me can be as accessible as possible. We strive to create content for students that helps them to better understand the field and realize how awesome it is.

Sounds interesting? Good, because this is now where YOU come in.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Yeah, that's right. We're open all day, every day.

Are you a great writer? What about an artist? Videographer? But, most importantly, do you love psychology? If you answered "yes" to at least one of the previous questions, then use your talents to show the world your thoughts, knowledge, and ideas about the exciting field.

Confused about what to write? Here are some ideas:

  • Graphics about the different parts of the brain and their functions

  • Tips and tricks for studying psychology

  • The latest psychological research discoveries at top universities

Whatever you do, the ultimate goal is to build an online community that brings high schoolers together under one passion: psychology.

Submit your work via EMAIL to, along with your NAME(S) and SCHOOL NAME.

Once submitted, the Brain Stamp Executive Editors will review, edit, and publish selected articles and include original graphics (if needed) just for YOU!


  • For articles, have about 400-600 words

  • Your writing should sound like you are teaching your younger sibling about the particular topic (i.e., make your article fun, interesting, and accessible by using colloquial terms)

  • We will contact you if you are selected

If you have any questions, then feel free to contact us! We truly hope you contribute to our community.

  • Writer's pictureYena Kim

Updated: Jan 5, 2020

Breathe in, breathe out.

It's about time we give our sense of smell the credit it deserves because olfaction, or our sense of smell, is what makes life truly memorable. Reminiscing about our past experiences simply wouldn't be the same if we didn't have our ability to smell. There would be no association between the smell of a new box of crayons and the first day of kindergarten. Sitting around the campfire with a group of friends, chomping on gooey toasted marshmallows, would no longer hold a special place in our hearts.

What is the secret behind the deep link between smells, memories, and emotions? Knowing the mechanisms of this rather complex connection can help us get a better grasp on how certain smells can surprisingly influence our behavior. When it comes to making sense of our surrounding environment, there are still so many puzzles to solve. Learning about the olfactory system is simply anohter unique facet of how we can discover something new about ourselves.

Besides, what's more interesting than examining the study of you and me?

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