...looks back

Richard Howard on a psychologist who is remembered for educational testing, but whose interests covered the full gamut of individual differences

Christopher Spencer and Kate Gee take a historical look at the development of the field; and Jon Sutton examines the wilderness of the mind

Herbert A. Friedman on the why and how of an unusual form of propaganda

Following on from last month’s article, Ann Clarke and Alan Clarke reflect on their five decades of research

The story of how we ended up working at Manor Hospital begins in early autumn 1950. We were newly married, had our PhDs from the Maudsley Hospital and UCL and were looking forward to a year in...

John Hall revisits the impact of a key text on intellectual disability, 50 years after it was published

Malcolm Macmillan updates a familiar tale, 160 years after its inception.

As the latest Olympics gets under way, John Kremer and Aidan Moran explore how the subdiscipline – after a few false starts – has grown ever fitter

Graham Richards reflects on William McDougall’s influential 'An Introduction to Social Psychology' (1908)

Including Elizabeth Valentine on the British Psychological Society of 1908 –?membership, meetings, publications and perennial issues; plus a report from the recent History and Philosophy of Psychology Section conference.

An expert by experience
Hugh Gault on John Thomas Perceval, a pioneer whose work for the mental health advocacy movement led to lasting improvements in mental health care

John Thomas Perceval was born in February 1803, the fifth son of 12 children. His father Spencer Perceval was killed by John Bellingham in the House of Commons on 11 May 1812. He is the only...

A phoenix rises from the Nazi book burning. Toni Brennan looks at the life of Charlotte Wolff (1897–1986)

In April 2007 a 21-minute installation ‘Everything I Need’ (Buckingham, 2007) premiered in Hampstead, London, a very short walk from the house where Sigmund Freud, fleeing the Nazi regime that had...

A year on from the appearance of the Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith on the £20 note, Sandy Lovie offers a new perspective on his life

Julie Perks with some insights from the history of a different ‘Psychologist’ magazine. Has popular psychology changed?

The other woman - Elizabeth Valentine kicks off our new section on the history of psychology with the fascinating story of Nellie Carey.

Sixteen women became members of the British Psychological Society between its foundation in 1901 and the massive expansion of membership in 1919. In the early days women constituted about 15 per...