Edition 11

President’s column; Presidents’ Award; accreditation; journals success; and more

mental toughness; consciousness; the compassionate mind; and more, including web-only reviews

Brian Haig advocates ‘inference to the best explanation’, a method used by Darwin and of relevance for theory appraisal in psychology

Explanatory theories in psychology are usually evaluated by employing the hypothetico-deductive method and testing them for their predictive accuracy. The purpose of this short article is to bring...

Could the most human of qualities owe their existence to tiny, mindless organisms? Justin H. Park and Mark Schaller investigate

Parasites have had profound effects on human evolution. Recent research implicates the existence of a set of psychological adaptations that serve as a first line of behavioural defence against...

Wendy Iredale and Mark Van Vugt look at the Darwinian psychology of helping and generosity

Could Darwinian sexual selection help us understand altruism towards strangers? We propose that altruism may be used as a ‘peacock’s tail’ to attract females. We argue that altruism is an...

Daniel Nettle looks to an unexpected source for answers

One of the most striking things about humans is that they behave in different ways in different places. You don’t need to travel to an exotic location to see this: just stroll through different...

Lisa DeBruine examines how evolutionary theories led to predictions that non-evolution-minded researchers would never dream of

In The Origin of Species Darwin (1859) wrote, ‘In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary...

Mark H. Johnson, winner of the Society’s Presidents’ Award 2008, describes the emerging field of developmental cognitive neuroscience

Developmental cognitive neuroscience has recently emerged as a new interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand how the physical development of the brain relates to the huge changes in...

Top psychologists help us to celebrate the 150th e-mail issue of the Society’s Research Digest

Beyond the post-antibiotic apocalypse; walking in circles; gender variant youth; reports from the British Science Festival and a Martin Seligman lecture; and Kisane Prutton on the benefits of engaging with a changing media