Edition 12

Jim Cromwell on some tricky problems psychologists can face testing deaf people who use sign language.

Bob is a builder. He has been working for 40 years, and his tools have become extra limbs rather than inanimate aids. He has whole areas of cortex dedicated to plastering. Last month he returned...

John Marzillier with the latest in our series of psychological perspectives on fiction – and perhaps fictional perspectives on psychology.

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night, the charismatic psychiatrist Dick Diver falls for a beautiful heiress, Nicole Warren. He marries her but they don’t live happily ever after. Why...

Nobody likes you… what now? Roy Baumeister describes some surprising experimental effects, in the final contribution for the Society’s ‘Year of Relationships’.

‘The tribe has spoken.’ ‘You’re fired.’ ‘You may now leave the Big Brother house.’ The language and storylines of reality television focus relentlessly on rejection. Apparently the spectacle of...

Following September’s Dispatches programme ‘The Dyslexia Myth’, The Psychologist featured an article by Rod Nicolson in the November issue (‘Dyslexia: Beyond the myth’). Here, Julian Elliott, who featured prominently in the original programme, responds to Nicolson’s article. We also present the views of others who wrote to our Letters page concerning the topic. All have been edited.