What has neuroscience ever done for us?

Jonathan Roiser (winner of the Society’s Spearman Medal 2013) considers the case of mental health.

Over the past 25 years the pace of progress in neuroscience research has been extraordinary, with advances in both understanding and technology. We might expect that this would stimulate improved understanding and treatment of mental health problems, yet in general this has not been the case. In fact, our standard treatment approaches have barely changed in decades, and still fail many people suffering from mental distress.

Why is there this disconnect between knowledge and application? And could we be on the brink of an exciting new era of cooperation between the two disciplines, increasing the effectiveness of existing treatments and even suggesting new ones?

Interview: Dispelling mind myths and debunking pseudoscience

Sergio Della Sala lets Lance Workman into his world.

The exciting side of boredom

Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets psychologists who think boredom has had a bad press.

The Psychologist poetry competition

Get your poem published, and win a £50 book token courtesy of Wiley Blackwell.

Have you heard? PsychCrunch is here

Introducing the new podcast from the British Psychological Society's Research Digest.


For the mind, for the planet

Ella Rhodes on a new report on sustainability from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Looking Back: How it all began

Alan Baddeley describes the origins of the multi-component model of working memory.

April 2015

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