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Is the internet a safe communication environment for socially anxious individuals, or does it in fact increase social isolation?
Robin-Marie Shepherd and Robert J. Edelmann report.

THE past decade has witnessed an explosive growth in the use of the internet; a recent estimate suggests that there are over 400 million internet users worldwide (Nua Internet Surveys, 2001) with...

At the Centenary Annual Conference Jon Sutton described the work that won him the 1999 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology.

IN February 1996, 16-year-old Katherine Morrison killed herself. Two schoolmates, Shelley McBratney and Lee Ann Murray, were put on trial for common assault. In the eyes of many, they were being...

David Pilgrim and David Hewitt discuss the practical and legal implications of the proposed ‘clinical supervisor’ role.

SOME readers of The Psychologist, or their friends or relatives, will have psychiatric treatment or admission imposed on them at some time in their lives. With their professional hat on,...

Is a bat conscious? Susan Blackmore argues that there must be something radically wrong with the way we are currently thinking about consciousness, or we would not find ourselves with seemingly intractable problems.

WHAT is it like to be a bat? This is the question asked by philosopher Thomas Nagel in his famous 1974 paper. As he explains, if there is something it is like to be the bat – something for the bat...

Amanda Waterman, Mark Blades and Christopher Spencer ask nonsensical questions – but their research has serious implications for anyone who interviews children.

ASK one of your colleagues whether a jumper was angrier than a tree, and they might well suggest you go and have a lie down, or make yourself a nice cup of tea. But what if you asked a child?...

David Lykken and Mike Csikszentmihalyi debate the impact
of genetic factors on happiness.

David Lykken - Your average level of subjective well-being or happiness is largely determined by your genes. So if happiness is strongly genetic, that suggests that it must run in families – but...

Tommy MacKay gave his Presidential Address at April’s Centenary Conference in Glasgow.

IF you are giving a Presidential Address at the largest gathering of psychologists ever to be held in Britain, and it is to be published to the 34,000 members of the Society in addition to being a...

At the 2000 London Conference Glyn Humphreys gave his Presidents’ Award Lecture on the cognitive neuroscience of action selection.

IN everyday life we carry out many hundreds of visually guided actions on the objects that surround us. We may reach and grasp a kettle and pour boiling water from it into a teapot; we may pour...

John Archer describes a rich research agenda for evolutionary psychology in testing novel hypotheses. Peer commentaries by Robin Dunbar, Anne Campbell, Lynn Segal, David Buss, and Hilary and Steven Rose.

OVER a relatively short period of time evolutionary psychology has become a prominent way of understanding the human mind and behaviour. Its origins lie in a number of theoretical analyses of...

Christopher C. French

A FEW months ago I received an e-mail from a mature student wondering if I could explain various terrifying experiences that she had endured repeatedly for almost 20 years. On exchanging a few e-...

Jim Horne discusses the latest research on sleep, dreaming and sleep deprivation.

FOR me, one of the greatest mysteries of sleep is why so few psychologists seem to be interested in the subject. Sleep occupies so much of our time that it is arguably the commonest form of human...

Rea Reason, a winner of the 2000 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology, sets out the Society’s position on dyslexia.

THE concept of dyslexia is relevant not only to education but to several areas of psychological research and practice. In cognitive psychology it has for many years been shorthand for marked...

Jim McCourt caught up with Craig Newnes, Director of Psychological Therapies for Shropshire’s Community and Mental Health Trust, to hear an alternative perspective on research in clinical psychology.

RADICAL and forthright, Craig Newnes offers a refreshing and alternative perspective on research in clinical psychology, epitomising the notions of free thought and innovation. He is based in...

Michael J.A. Howe

WHEN a journalist recently asked me to account for my interest in geniuses, all I could think to say was ‘They are just fascinating: doesn’t everyone find geniuses interesting?’ On reflection, I...

Ed Cairns with his practical recommendations
for ending war and promoting peace.

IN today’s media-conscious world psychologists are not known for their reticence to pronounce on matters of public interest. There is one field, however, where psychologists have been unduly...

MARK GRIFFITHS on the advantages and disadvantages of providing psychological services on the internet.

A 27 - year old man comes home from a busy day at work feeling highly stressed and anxious. Unable to relax, he logs on to the internet, locates a self-help site for stress and anxiety and fills...

KATE NATION gave her Spearman Medal Lecture at the London Conference in December.

There's no doubt that learning to read is a complicated business. The first lesson children must learn is that English is an alphabetic language – letters and groups of letters map on to...

Jenny Firth-Cozens

ON the face of it there seemed to be very good reasons back in 1983 to start a study of doctors. Although a clinician, I was working at the Social and Applied Psychology Unit at the University of...

Andrew Scholey on research of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, University of Northumbria, using supply and demand in the brain to improve cognitive performance.

MOST of us accept that the capacity for exercise can be enhanced by increasing the delivery of glucose or oxygen to muscles. Could the same principles be applied to brain function? At the Human...

Jonathan Freeman, Jane Lessiter and Wijnand IJsselsteijn provide an introduction to ‘presence’ –
a sense of being there – based on the research of the Immersive Television Project at Goldsmiths College.

THE scene from the future opposite is imaginary, have no doubt; but the basic concept behind it is real. Psychologists are helping in the development of media systems that can generate a sense of...

Robert Plomin argues that psychologists should prepare to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks that will emerge from DNA research.
Commentaries are provided by Martin Richards, Jonathan Flint, Steven Rose, Anita Thapar and Jane Holmes, Theresa Marteau and Andrew Wilkie.

ASK any psychologist to complete the following phrase: ‘nature–nurture _________’.
The answer will no doubt be ‘debate’ or ‘controversy’. But the controversy that swirled around behavioural...

Founded in 1998, the Depersonalisation Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry was the first in its field. Now the team describe their progress in the development of cognitive-behavioural and pharmacological treatments.

Depersonalisation is a psychiatric condition characterised by an alteration in the perception and experience of the self (Mellor, 1988). It was first described in the scientific literature over...

Could a simple exercise routine significantly improve the reading of dyslexic children? Angus Smyth caught up with Martin McPhillips to find out more about the technique.

There is gentleness about Martin McPhillips. He leads me into his office where the pale-green walls are lined with photographs of children performing their routine of primary reflex movements. ‘...

David Giles.

I KNOW it’s customary, and perhaps clichéd, to start off these ‘Why I study’ articles with an autobiographical anecdote, but I can indeed vividly recall the moment I decided to return to academia...

Paul Kennedy and Susan Llewelyn investigate views on the integration of research and practice in clinical psychology.

Clinical psychology, like other branches of psychology, has seen many changes over the past 50 years. Most obviously there have been substantial increases in numbers, but there have also been...