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We asked for your favourite alien entity, and what their depiction says about our own psychology.
Nick Kanas considers issues and countermeasures..

Manned space missions involve a number of psychological and interpersonal stressors. Dealing with these can become a major issue if we are going to venture forth to the planets and beyond. This...

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Katherine Woolf, Henry Potts, Josh Stott, Chris McManus, Amanda Williams and Katrina Scior consider evidence on selection into the healthcare professions.

The biggest hurdle to becominga clinical psychologist, doctor or other healthcare professional is getting onto a training course – once accepted nearly all trainees qualify to practise. It...

Ciarán Mc Mahon considers the psychology behind Facebook and more.

It has been around a decade since social networking websites first entered public consciousness – now they seem like an indispensable part of daily life for many of us. What has...

Marc Smith reconceptualises academic resilience in schools.

Despite the growth of so-called non-cognitive skills interventions in schools, such as resilience training, there often exists a degree of dissonance regarding the definition of such terms...

Claire Hughes asks what matters and why.

Alongside the birth of a sibling, the transition to school is the first major event in many children’s lives. This period is, for most children, exciting and enjoyable but it also brings...

Laura Oxley on reward and punishment in the classroom in the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information).
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, we share links from The Psychologist and Research Digest archives.
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Stephen Gibson uses qualitative analysis to understand Milgram’s studies – are they really ‘obedience’ experiments?

When he conducted his experiments on ‘obedience’ to authority in the 1960s, Stanley Milgram recorded the majority of his experimental sessions on audiotape. Despite the comment, extensions and...

Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans, Christine Griffin, Yvette Morey and Helen Murphy look at the issues for researchers in online and digital research. Watch their discussion too!

This article reports on a discussion with a group of qualitative researchers working with digital and online research. The conversation took as its starting point the social and technological...

Joanna Brooks introduces a range of approaches to phenomenology in qualitative psychology.

The term ‘phenomenology’ is perhaps not well understood by those less involved in qualitative research. It has developed and diversified to encompass a bewildering array of different...

Rachel Shaw and Nollaig Frost argue for pluralism and mixed methods, introducing this month's special feature.

The return to methods focusing on language and experience following the dominance of experimental methods has in the last few decades led to debate, dialogue, and disagreement regarding the...

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

An article in the New York Times in 1910 asked 'How long should a man’s vacation be?’: businessmen, academics and politicians discussed whether vacations for the working classes were...

Graham Towl and Tammi Walker consider public management, punitiveness and professionalism (an 'Online first' publication).

Too many citizens are imprisoned in England and Wales, expanding markets for the commodification of forensic services. Rather than being seen by prisoners as healthcare professionals,...

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Caitlin Cherry with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information).
Paul Ghuman gives a psychological perspective on Dalit resistance and identity.

The Untouchables in India are still at the bottom of the caste hierarchy in terms of poverty index, unemployment, housing and health matters. The caste system has reproduced itself in the Indian...

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.