Enlisting the help of Godzilla and a few of its friends, Jonathan Myers considers why we see monsters and what form they take.

The monster rises… it’s there, right there in front of you! Or is it?
A range of cognitive and perceptual factors are hard at work, causing you to see monsters, ghosts and ghouls where none...

As the 2015 Ashes series comes to England, Jamie Barker and Matt Slater consider the psychology at play.

Cricket is a sport that brings with it many psychological challenges and demands that players must deal with to be successful. As the 2015 Ashes series is almost with us, what are the main...

If we had credible warning of an imminent alien invasion, how would humanity - and psychologists - react?
Graham D. Smith and Peter E. Morris encourage you to rely less on significance tests.
Ann Wood explores the personal and professional issues encountered when addressing the spiritual lives of service users in mental health settings
Our winning entry, from Lynne Cameron. Download PDF for image (also by Lynne Cameron): Go back to your room now, Acrylic on paper.
Emma Williams with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)
Leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflects on mistakes, mystery and the mind.

 ‘Every surgeon carries about him a little cemetery, in which from time to time he goes to pray, a cemetery of bitterness and regret, of which he seeks the reason for certain of his failures...

Angela Carter looks to a better understanding of young people by employers.

Despite a small fall in the overall unemployment rate, nearly one million under-25s are unemployed. Recent work by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR, 2014) found that the traditional...

Anna Ruddle and Sarah Dilks consider whether therapists should talk about themselves in therapy.

As psychologists, we are increasingly encouraged to work as equal partners with people to overcome problems or facilitate recovery, as defined by the individual. There is an emphasis on the common...

Marc Abrahams, Guardian columnist and founder of the Ig Nobel prizes, with more research to make you smile and think.
A digital issue comprised of archive pieces from speakers at this year's event, 5-7 May in Liverpool.
Since 2008, The Psychologist has been asking people in its 'One on One' section for 'One book or journal article that all psychologists should read'. Here we collect their answers.
On the eve of the UK General Election, our May issue explores the psychology of engagement, voting, becoming an MP, 'celebrity politics' and more.
Image from research by Oliver Genschow. Words by Christian Jarrett for our Research Digest: see www.bps.org.uk/digest. Download PDF for poster.
James Elander looks beyond plagiarism.
Jessica McCarrick with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)
Sharon Coen considers psychology’s role in a modern phenomenon.

From celebrity candidates and aspiring singing Prime Ministers to candidates becoming the focus of gossip magazines, the boundaries between celebrity and politics are becoming increasingly blurred...

Jo Silvester and Madeleine Wyatt look at the issue of training for politicians, and its relationship with work psychology.

In 1882 Robert Louis Stevenson commented that ‘Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is deemed necessary’, and today it seems that his comments still hold. Despite a...

Helena Cooper-Thomas considers the transition into the role, and how this compares with other workplaces.

Politics fascinates us. What politicians do – both in their public and private lives – fills media columns and is the subject of everyday conversation. Yet how much do we know about the role of an...

Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets researchers in psychology and politics in search of answers to voter apathy.
Could circadian rhythms be the key? Brianne Kent with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)
Image and words from Punit Shah, winner of this year’s ‘Big Picture’ competition. Download PDF for poster.
John D. Mayer argues that ‘personal intelligence’ shapes our lives.

The world offers many rewards to individuals who understand themselves and other people – or so we have been told. Since ancient times philosophers from around the world have spoken of the...

A randomised controlled trial is quality research, right? Not necessarily – Lewis Killin and Sergio Della Sala explain.

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are an inescapable means of figuring out whether an intervention is efficacious or not. The main tenet behind RCTs is that they should be double-blind,...