war

For Remembrance Day we bring you our archive content on the role of psychology in war, including interviews, reports and articles.

Psychology and the great war, 1914-...

The declaration of war in August 1914 was greeted on all sides with a euphoria so delusional German psychiatrists dubbed it Mobilisation Psychosis (Mobilmachungspsychose). Public opinion was united in the belief there could be no better cure for ‘nerves dried up…from years of...

At half past six on a Tuesday morning the alarm clock goes off in a bedroom in Roswell, New Mexico, where twenty-eight-year-old Tiffany McGregor had been sleeping peacefully up till now. She sighs as she gets up to take a shower. While she is doing this her...

This book was produced as a result of Dr Clare Makepeace’s doctoral dissertation at Birkbeck but was inspired by the author’s father, Alan Makepeace, who was himself a prisoner of war in Poland, having been captured with 10,000 others in 1940.

Captives of War...

In February 1944 Lieutenant-Colonel Tommy Wilson, an army psychiatrist recruited from the Tavistock Clinic, submitted a nine-page report to the War Office. It focused upon the plight of tens of thousands of servicemen overseas who had, in recent times, become labelled by...

When I graduated, oppositional defiance disorder had yet to be ‘discovered’. Borderline personality disorder, autism/Asperger’s syndrome, and ADHD were still obscure footnotes. Today, mental disorders dominate explanations for ‘problem’ behaviour. Explanations from mainstream...

When war erupts and disasters hit communities, children and young people are often deeply vulnerable. They can become displaced, and in the chaos many are subject to horrific abuse – even by some who are sent to help them. The...

In the June issue (Letters), Dr Peter Lee commented on my February article ‘...

Professor Albert Bandura (‘Disengaging morality from robotic war’, February 2017) offers crucial and provocative insights into the mechanisms of moral disengagement, most...

Military drones have become the preferred weapons system in counterterrorism on the route toward robotisation of warfare. Drones were originally designed for extended surveillance of combatants and their military operations. The United States weaponised the drones and...