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Interview: What would you say to an alien?

Jon Sutton talks to Douglas Vakoch, clinical psychologist and Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Eye on fiction: The alien in us all

We asked for your favourite alien entity, and what their depiction says about our own psychology.

Close encounters of the psychological kind

Christopher C. French considers explanations of UFO sightings, alien encounters and even abductions.

Encountering extraterrestrial intelligence

Albert A. Harrison looks for lessons from history.

New Voices: The flat landscape

Clementine Edwards considers emotional deficits in schizophrenia, in the latest in our series for budding writers (see

Out of this world

President’s column

So, have we found psychology's non-stick frying pan?

‘Nothing you learn is ever redundant’

A place for confidence intervals

Big Picture: Motion illusions in static patterns

Demanding greater rigour

‘I’m lucky that I’ve always known what I wanted to do’


‘As with fairy tales, you used to ask me to tell you the famous studies over and over’



From adversity to buoyancy

Marc Smith reconceptualises academic resilience in schools.

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Making holidays work

With the holiday season in full swing, work and organisational psychologist Jessica de Bloom takes a tour of the world of vacation research.

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The British Psychological Society's Annual Conference 2015

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Better not look down…

Leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on mistakes, mystery and the mind.

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Back to the ballot box

Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets researchers in psychology and politics in search of answers to voter apathy.

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What has neuroscience ever done for us?

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

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Words and sorcery

Simon Oxenham and Jon Sutton consider the causes and consequences of bad writing in psychology.

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The surprising world of synaesthesia

Jack Dutton meets those with the condition and the researchers who study them. Might it have benefits, and could it even be taught?

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