Edition 2

Including the BPS President's column and events diary.

By the time you read this column considerable work will have been done preparing the Society’s response to the government consultation on the legislation for the statutory regulation of psychology...

D. Alan Bensley with a guide to critical thinking

This months' reviews and books available for review

Neuropsychologist Andy Young and psychiatrist Karel de Pauw take Lance Workman through a disturbing condition – Capgras delusion. Plus listen to a separate interview with Andy Young, from 2013.

Simon Baron-Cohen, winner of the Society’s President’s Award, outlines a career at the forefront of thinking over autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

The challenge has been to explain all of the features of autism, across all individuals on the autistic spectrum. After 25 years of careful testing, Simon Baron-Cohen concludes that 'mindblindness...

Viren Swami and Adrian Furnham discuss positive illusions in romantic relationships.

Converging evidence suggests that our perceptions of romantic partners are often not based on objective reality, but are rather positive illusions. Thus, for example, we may perceive our partners...

Eli J. Finkel on how the key to forgiveness may lie in our beliefs about romantic destiny.

Frequently, romantic relationships are effortless and pleasurable. Affection is deep, passion is strong, and laughter is pervasive. Unfortunately, most of us will on occasion be victims of partner...

Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer and Beverly Whipple view the subject of orgasms as an experience that is an integration of body, nervous system and the mind.

Why should recent findings about orgasm be of interest to psychologists? If psychologists are interested in the bases of pleasure and pain – in altered states of consciousness, in psychological...

Including stat reg consultations, event reports, Kasser and media news

February will bring the Society’s two formal responses to the two public consultations from the Health Professions Council (HPC) – one on standards of proficiency, and the other on threshold entry...

…with Steven Pinker Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, USA.