...features

John Kremer and David Lavallee introduce the special issue.

To many readers of The Psychologist, sport and exercise psychology must seem akin to the distant cousin that we sit beside at a family wedding – we know that she is somehow related but are not...

Sharandeep Sanghara (undergraduate) and Laura Mitchell (postgraduate) with their winning essays on helping children with eating disorders and the pain-relieving properties of music.

Jim McCourt interviews Adrian Coyle.

Adrian Coyle is prolific. A senior lecturer at the University of Surrey with a PhD in social psychology, and joint director there of the practitioner doctorate in psychotherapy and counselling...

Sue Gardner (Ethics Committee), Pam Briggs and Camilla Herbert (Press Committee) seek your views on new challenges facing psychologists in the media.

THERE can be no doubt that in general the interaction between psychologists and the media has been beneficial to the discipline. But the celebrity article, PR company ‘surveys’, and TV programmes...

Gregory R. Maio gave his Spearman Medal Lecture at the Annual Conference in Blackpool. What happens when what you think you hold dear is questioned?

Social values, such as freedom, equality, and power, are often used as key premises for debate. For example, one individual may oppose abortion because it threatens the ‘sanctity of life’, whereas...

Kwame Owusu-Bempah and Dennis Howitt with their practical recommendations.

All social institutions, the BPS just as much as government, need to accept and deal with the complexity of modern populations. This includes much more than ‘race’: the needs of the powerless must...

According to Glyn V. Thomas, Graham Turpin
and Caroline Meyer, training clinical psychologists to doctoral standards has not prevented a decline in research.

It has been accepted for many years that clinical psychology courses should include training in clinically relevant research: the evidence–based ‘scientist-practitioner’ model remains central to...

Jane Herlihy and John Gandy argue that neurological explanations do not make psychology redundant.

…a decade ago we used to have to go round talking about punitive toilet training... Now we truly understand that OCD [obsessive compulsive disorder] is a brain disorder. (Susan Swedo quoted in...

Jim McCourt spoke to Professor Barbara Wilson OBE, one of the winners of the BPS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology 2000.

I interviewed Professor Barbara Wilson at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely. She is Director here, after founding the...

Graham Towl, Head of Psychology for the Prison Service and the National Probation Service, on working towards an effective partnership.

THERE is a strong case for both the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service looking to areas of applied psychology to help deliver services in partnership. Forensic psychology is not the...

Last year, at the Centenary Conference in Glasgow, David Shapiro delivered the annual M.B. Shapiro Lecture in his father’s honour.

Clinical psychology, like the Society, is 100 years old. Throughout its life, clinical psychology has claimed a distinctive identity as a healthcare profession grounded in the science of...

Adrian Furnham on the role of psychology in understanding the dramatic rise of alternative therapies.

Research and royals, patients and politicians, counsellors and clinicians – all have recently taken a considerable interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Fringe, unconventional...

Guest Editors Karen Ciclitira and Jane Weaver introduce the Psychology of Women Section’s special issue on the body.

The way the body is talked about, manipulated and represented, by scientists and in popular culture,
is of increasing interest to social psychologists. The body has also been of particular...

Trish Joscelyne argues for more clarity in the Society’s ethical codes

THE new government emphasis on quality assurance is gradually being felt within the working lives of psychologists. For those within higher education, both their research output and teaching are...

Peter Faire describes his experiences as the parent of a dyslexic child.

Having watched the educational progress of my dyslexic stepson over a long period, and having come into contact with others who also suffer at the hands of the ‘educational establishment’, I...

Francine Shapiro and her eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy have had their critics. But here, with Louise Maxfield, she argues that it is safe, rapid and effective.

Imagine a safe, rapid and effective treatment that results in the elimination of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When I originally introduced eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (...

David Hardman and Clare Harries ask whether we need lessons in decision making.

IN the areas covered by other articles in this special issue, as well as in many other domains, a major concern is whether the thought processes involved are suitable for producing the best...

Terry M. Honess and Elizabeth A. Charman on how jurors process complex information and overcome pre-trial publicity.

SCEPTICISM about the ability of jurors (individually and collectively) to cope with the demands placed upon them is far from new. In a speech to the House of Lords in 1844 Lord Denman remarked: ‘...

A. John Maule and Gerard P. Hodgkinson discuss cognitive shortcuts in business.

STRATEGIC decisions concern the general direction taken by organisations over the medium- to long-term and are often the critical factor differentiating success from failure. Take the case of...

Clare Harries and David Hardman introduce the sepcial issue on judgement and decision making.

THE central theme of this special issue is the difference between the way in which we ought to make decisions and how we actually do make them. The area is behavioural decision research (BDR),...

Anthony Little and David Perrett (winner of the 2000 Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge) discuss evolution and individual differences in face preference.

Our magazines and television screens are filled with images of ‘attractive’ people, and it is obvious that both women and men are highly concerned with good looks in a partner. But exactly what is...

Michael Argyle reviews psychological insights into religion, focusing on the Christian faith.

RELIGION presents a range of phenomena falling outside what is usually studied by psychologists, and for which there often appears to be no psychological explanation. Religious experiences are...

Stephen Lea, Carole Burgoyne, Paul Webley and Brian Young offer practical recommendations for change on economic policy.

COMPARED with some branches of psychology, the concerns of the economic psychologist may seem mundane and a little lacking in mystique or theoretical depth. We are not ashamed of that; in fact we...

Rosemarie McCabe and Ethel Quayle assess the importance of insight into psychotic experience.

In mental health practice and research there is a growing user movement and a shift in how users of services are perceived. But despite this development, accounts of psychological distress are...

Neil Mercer

I HAVE had a special interest in the study of language and thinking ever since I was a student. One reason back then, perhaps, was that the ‘big names’ in the field seemed particularly colourful...