Placing mind in the metropolis

Our journalist Ella Rhodes speaks to psychologists about what we need to bring to our urban spaces.

More than half of the world’s population lives in an urban area. According to the United Nations’ World Cities Report 2016, three-quarters of cities have higher levels of income inequalities than 20 years ago; there are growing populations, slums and insecure settlements; more people than ever are having to migrate involuntarily; and many cities are facing threats associated with the environment and climate change. Could the design of our cities combat some of these challenges, and embrace the changes technology will bring? Is psychology well placed to form the foundation of the cities of the future?

Beauty and the beast

An exclusive extract from 'With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial' (William Collins, HarperCollins UK) by Kathryn Mannix, longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018. "…the story-teller can hold our hand, even as we walk into the scary places…"

"Who holds prison psychologists to account?"

A prisoner at HMP Whatton writes to us, and their Governor and Psychology Lead respond.

"When there are people who are watching, it makes a difference"

Professor Stephen D. Reicher returns from acting as an international observer in Turkish court, as academics are charged with 'terrorist propaganda'. (Now with update).

Seeing screen time differently

Jon Sutton reports from a one-day event on research, policy and communication in a digital era.


The brains of experts

Merim Bilalić considers the cognitive processes behind the neuroscience.

Securing survival in populist times

John Richer considers the impact of insecurity on moral criteria and how people vote.

March 2018

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