Edition 9

Susan Johnson with a letter from across the Atlantic.

IT is the British Psychological Society’s Year of Relationships. Surely the time to write to my colleagues in the UK (the country of my birth) about the changes occurring here in North America in...

Including olfaction and sexuality, London branch, VAT, Michael Stone and more.

Including the public response to the terror attacks, RAE, conference claptrap, Foresight report, memory, underage drinking and more.

It is the beginning of the academic year and if you are a new psychology student, welcome to psychology, to The British Psychological Society, and to The Psychologist.

As a student, you can...

Secrets of the sexes, The house of obsessive compulsives, and banning the F-word.

IT’S a good time to be a psychologist if you’re interested in disseminating your work through the media. The draft criteria for the 2008 RAE include media coverage as an ‘esteem factor’, and there...

Including membership survey, President's award, and public engagement grants.

Christine Hanson’s winning entry in the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network student essay competition.

IT doesn’t matter how good the university is. It doesn’t matter how good the course is. The best subjects can become more boring than watching last week’s cheese slowly going mouldy if they aren’t...

Sharon Smart (the Society’s Assistant Press Officer) meets educational psychologist Alan McLean.

WHEN a pupil ‘can’t be bothered’ with school it is often difficult to have sympathy if they then fail to succeed academically. Even teachers may struggle to be supportive, seeing the youngster’s...

Tony Manstead and Margie Wetherell introduce a special issue on the state of UK social psychology, with lessons for all. With articles by Russell Spears, Wendy Hollway and Derek Edwards ('Three views on hate'), Stephen Reicher and Stephanie Taylor ('Similarities and differences between traditions'), S. Alexander Haslam and Brian Parkinson ('Pulling together or pulling apart? Towards organic pluralism in social psychology'), and Stephen Reicher again ('Where next?').

UK social psychology is highly distinctive – nowhere else in the world is the field of academic social psychology so clearly divided into different camps. Major differences in approach and...