Jörgen L. Pind examines Edgar Rubin’s dissertation on the figure–ground distinction, one of the great classics of perceptual psychology
Sandy Lovie and Pat Lovie on the life and influence of Charles Edward Spearman
Robert S. Gable on how he and his brother invented electronic monitoring, but with an early emphasis on positive reinforcement
Alison Torn investigates the strange case of Margery Kempe
Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, in conversation with Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam
Jerry M. Burger updates the enduring legacy of the Milgram Obedience Studies
Stanley Milgram’s widow, Alexandra Milgram, with her personal take on his life
Stephen D. Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam introduce a special feature which reconnects with Milgram’s vision for social psychology
Stanley Milgram had an epic vision for social psychology: to create strong experimental contexts that would demonstrate the power of the social world to shape individual behaviour. Consistent with...
Jim Horne with what must surely be the goriest article in the history of The Psychologist
Tamsin Williams looks at Benoît Mandelbrot and the creation of fractal geometry
Ronald Melzack, an author of the hugely influential gate control theory of pain, on an important paradigm shift over the last half-century
Hall P. Beck, with Gary Irons, reports on a seven-year search for psychology’s lost boy
Roderick D. Buchanan on ‘probably the most divisive figure British psychology has ever produced’.
Anna Greenwood on a relatively short-lived colonial affliction
why studying our past is going global, with Adrian Brock
James T. Lamiell on a century-old text containing a ‘cornucopia of ideas that remain in the forefront of developmental psychology’
Alan Costall engages in some presentist futurology
Extracts from a recording of Frederic Charles Bartlett speaking made in 1959 by John C. Kenna, the Society’s first Honorary Archivist
Philip Barnard with some experimental highlights from the influential Applied Psychology Research Unit
Empirical research conducted in the laboratory, in the clinic or in the field naturally forms the foundations on which our practical applications of psychology are built. Yet as theoretical...
Graham Richards looks at nine methodological lessons of a highly successful failure
How better to introduce students to the problems of psychological research than to consider the 1898 Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Straits between Australia and Papua New...
Peter Lamont on how early psychologists turned to the grand wizards in an effort to transform illusions into a reality
Psychologists are supposed to be experts on how people think and behave. Yet magicians have always displayed a more wonderful ability to direct thoughts and actions. Thus, every now and again, for...
David K. Robinson on an important meeting of minds at Leipzig University
In terms of personalities and psychological method, Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801–1887) occupies a critical position in the history of psychology, between the pioneering sensory physiologist, Ernst...
Elizabeth Valentine profiles three women at the forefront of the development of the discipline
What role did women play in the early days of psychology in Britain? Did they conform to the female stereotype of ‘caring’ practitioners rather than to the male stereotype of unemotional...
Daniel N. Robinson on the 150th anniversary of a text that many consider to be the first in experimental psychology
Fechner’s attempt to place psychology on the firm foundations of experimental science was undertaken in a sceptical intellectual atmosphere still philosophically dominated by post-Kantian thought...