Edition 12

Mark Faulkner on avoiding the viva from hell.

Postgraduate students normally dread their viva, their heads filled with horror stories from playful colleagues about their ‘viva from hell’.
But in reality most are anything but a nightmare...

Wendy Argent unravels a knotty problem.

IT’LL have to be the ducks today,’ he murmurs, setting out his clothes on the bed. As he picks up the blue tie,
I realise that what I had previously seen as its cream splodgy pattern is in...

Andrew M. Colman discusses the specialist vocabulary of psychology and the problems of compiling a psychological dictionary.

PSYCHOLOGY emerged as an independent discipline in Germany in the 1880s and immediately began accumulating a specialised vocabulary. The boundaries of this vast lexicon are ill-defined and...

Neil Mercer

I HAVE had a special interest in the study of language and thinking ever since I was a student. One reason back then, perhaps, was that the ‘big names’ in the field seemed particularly colourful...

Peter Bull on how our bodies can speak volumes.

BELIEF in the importance of nonverbal communication is nothing new. ‘Not to watch
a person’s mouth but his fists’ was a celebrated aphorism of Martin Luther, the 16th century Protestant...

Paul Skirrow, Christina Jones, Richard D. Griffiths and Sue Kaney (Liverpool University’s Intensive Care Research Group) describe some of the little-known psychological consequences of a stay in intensive care.

INTENSIVE care units (ICUs) are facing increasing demands, partly as a result of the gradual ‘greying’ of the population in Great Britain. As a consequence, the provision of intensive care...

Personal space - Derek Milne.

VARYING approaches to research can come into conflict under the growing pressure to collaborate across organisational boundaries and to achieve high quality standards, making it necessary for...

Susan Howard and Martin Bauer look at the roles psychology has taken on in the mass media.

THE BPS celebrates its centenary this year, a fitting juncture at which to explore the relationship between psychology and the public. The history of this relationship is longer than a hundred...