Olga van den Akker argues that psychological research and policy are surprisingly embryonic, struggling to keep pace with technological developments.

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‘Even before I started work as a psychologist, my interests as a student were sparked by a diversity of innovative reproductive health research projects....

Gillian Pepper, Lisa McAllister and Rebecca Sear look for psychological answers to questions about fertility and population dynamics.

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‘Demography matters. The study of population dynamics is undeniably useful, as population trends have important political and economic implications. They...

Antigonos Sochos considers whether a familiar concept can be extended to social groups, ideological systems and social institutions.

This article presents some preliminary ideas on how attachment theory could provide an integrative framework that brings together different psychosocial domains – individual, interpersonal...

Zayba Ghazali with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information).
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Chelsea Schein, Amelia Goranson and Kurt Gray consider why immoral acts always seem to be those that cause harm – especially to children.

Moral disagreement is ubiquitous. People argue about the morality of abortion, taxation, immigration, pornography and censorship. But everyone agrees that morality is about harm. Not only...

Amanda Henwood and Maggie Ellis on ‘Adaptive Interaction’.

Research suggests that mirroring is an effective technique that can be used to aid communication in advanced dementia. However, the evidence supporting this technique needs substantiation...

Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson argue there’s a role for psychologists in helping people with their Advance Decisions. With the online-extra of our editor Jon Sutton's own Advance Decision.

Many of us will lose the capacity to make our own decisions at some point in our life, and we may then receive medical treatment we would not have chosen for ourselves. Through the ‘...

To mark his new book on the topic, Professor Guy Claxton takes us towards an embodied psychology.
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Steven MacDonald with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information).
Laura M. Kurtycz looks at how to counter ‘learned helplessness.

Today, by reading this sentence, you made a choice about what to do with your time. In fact, every day you make dozens of choices that you may not even realise you are making – what to do...

Warren Mansell and Timothy A. Carey introduce a theory dating back to the 1950s that is increasingly touted as revitalising the behavioural sciences.

William T. Powers’ perceptual control theory claims to offer principles applicable to the behaviour of all living things, yet it has received only modest attention from the behavioural...

The only way to succeed is to not try, argues Edward Slingerland.

Although modern Western society tends to emphasise the importance of willpower and striving, there are some central human goals – happiness, relaxation, charisma – that appear to come only...

For World Mental Health Day, our Research Digest explores what it's like to live with mental health issues.
A themed trawl of The Psychologist and Research Digest archives to mark the Forward Arts Foundation's special event.
Simon Oxenham looks back at some studies in the wake of 'Piggate'.
A special feature on aliens and space travel, including an interview with Douglas Vakoch, clinical psychologist and Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
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Clementine Edwards considers emotional deficits in schizophrenia, in the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices).
Christopher C. French considers explanations of UFO sightings, alien encounters and even abductions.

In recent years astronomers have discovered an ever-increasing number of earth-like planets, fuelling speculation that we may not be alone in the universe. Many members of the public are already...

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...