Edition 12

Nathalie L. Chernoff on career opportunities in the history of psychology

President’s column; new Community Psychology Section, and a call to support the formation of a Disaster, Crisis and Trauma Section; improving work–life balance; preserving our history; and psychology at the Science Museum

diary drawings of mental illness; forensic psychology; ‘Aspergirls’ and more (including web only reviews)

Extracts from a recording of Frederic Charles Bartlett speaking made in 1959 by John C. Kenna, the Society’s first Honorary Archivist

Philip Barnard with some experimental highlights from the influential Applied Psychology Research Unit

Empirical research conducted in the laboratory, in the clinic or in the field naturally forms the foundations on which our practical applications of psychology are built. Yet as theoretical...

Graham Richards looks at nine methodological lessons of a highly successful failure

How better to introduce students to the problems of psychological research than to consider the 1898 Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Straits between Australia and Papua New...

Peter Lamont on how early psychologists turned to the grand wizards in an effort to transform illusions into a reality

Psychologists are supposed to be experts on how people think and behave. Yet magicians have always displayed a more wonderful ability to direct thoughts and actions. Thus, every now and again...

David K. Robinson on an important meeting of minds at Leipzig University

In terms of personalities and psychological method, Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801–1887) occupies a critical position in the history of psychology, between the pioneering sensory physiologist, Ernst...

Elizabeth Valentine profiles three women at the forefront of the development of the discipline

What role did women play in the early days of psychology in Britain? Did they conform to the female stereotype of ‘caring’ practitioners rather than to the male stereotype of unemotional...

Daniel N. Robinson on the 150th anniversary of a text that many consider to be the first in experimental psychology

Fechner’s attempt to place psychology on the firm foundations of experimental science was undertaken in a sceptical intellectual atmosphere still philosophically dominated by post-Kantian thought...