What has psychology done?

The Psychologist’s editor, Jon Sutton, presents the results of a Society investigation.
PSYCHOLOGY – telling you things you already know in words you don’t understand. Over the years I’ve heard that a lot; from friends and family, journalists, even from other psychologists. Wouldn’t it be great to always have a comeback to hand? Some psychological nugget from modern times, some interesting, novel and practical insight to floor the doubters? Last April, Stephen White (the Society’s Publications and Communications Directorate Manager) came to the rescue with the idea of a complement to the Annual Report, looking at what psychology had done rather than on what the Society had done. This report would aim to outline significant scientific research developments and practical applications from the discipline in roughly the last year, for the benefit of an external audience of research councils, politicians, civil servants, employers and journalists.

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