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,...

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

Over the past 25 years the pace of progress in neuroscience research has been extraordinary, with advances in both understanding and technology. We might expect that this would stimulate...

Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets psychologists who think boredom has had a bad press.
To mark his nomination for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize, we present an extract from a forthcoming article by Consultant Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh.
A themed trawl of the Psychologist and Research Digest archives.
Image by Nicki Evans, member of Walk and Talk, who runs the website Psychology in the Real World. Download PDF for poster.
Kate Williams with the latest in our series for budding writers.