Edition 6

Christian Jarrett on the benefits (and dangers) of using virtual worlds in your psychological research, therapy and teaching

This is not the only reality. Millions of people also exist online in virtual worlds, where they can fly, teleport, socialise and spend time inside a digital body of their own design....

Clinical psychologist and writer

Gustav Jahoda on the German philosopher and psychologist Johann Friedrich Herbart, and his view of the mind as a starry sky of Newtonian forces

Until the Second World War historians of psychology everywhere had high praise for Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776–1841), describing him as ‘a great thinker’ and his ideas as ‘epoch-making’. Since...

Ian Florance talks to Gesthimani (Manya) Merodoulaki about her views on the role and practice of counselling psychology

Including President’s column; Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity; Data protection notification; Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology 2008; and more

Including how brain science is changing our world; Straits and Narrow; Fundamentals of Psychology; Working with Ethnicity, Race and Culture in Mental Health; and more, including web extras

Albert Bandura spoke to a packed audience at Friends House on 22 April about how he is abating urgent global problems by psychosocial means

Soaring population growth tops the list of global problems. Even with the present population of 6.7 billion we have outgrown the earth’s carrying capacity, but we are heading toward a population...

William J. Fear argues that people on incapacity benefit need a psychosocial intervention rooted in self-efficacy

Christian Hoppe and Jelena Stojanovic look towards the neural mechanics behind talent

In the study of neural activity underlying task performance, neuroscientists have discovered that different neural states arise in low and high performers on the same cognitive tasks. What then...

Alison Pike, Tina Kretschmer and Judith F. Dunn on what the research says about achieving a harmonious household

The vast majority of us have at least one brother or sister, yet sibling relationships have received scant attention in the UK. While many parents claim to have a second child as a ‘companion’ for...