Edition 10

Christopher C. French navigates the outer limits as he considers how psychologists should respond to extraordinary claims. And listen to our interview with Chris.

How should a fair-minded rational person respond when confronted with claims of apparently superhuman abilities? Is it wise to simply reject any such claims that exceed your personal assessment of...

Catriona Morrison (University of Leeds) talks to mnemonists and those in the field as she considers whether it’s a blessing or curse

Tom Farsides considers whether there is such a thing, and its potential cost. Plus listen to an audio interview with Tom.

There are many ways of being exceptionally altruistic, each of which may be considered a form of ‘super-altruism’. Appreciating the characteristics of each form of super-altruism can illuminate...

Jennifer E. Drake and Ellen Winner consider the significance of exceptional drawing skills in childhood

Some young children are able to create stunningly realistic drawings resembling those of adult artists. Does this kind of ‘super’ drawing ability foretell a future adult artist? Here different...

Josh P. Davis, Ashok Jansari and Karen Lander investigate super-recognisers in the police and the general public

There are large individual differences in face-recognition ability. Prosopagnosics – or sufferers from face blindness appear at one end of the scale. A large body of research has examined this...

Christian Jarrett gets to grips with cyborg technology

We meet people who have or research ‘super' abilities

Decline in psychotherapy; the happy mirror; a school with a difference; children’s sedentary lifestyles; police super-recognisers

‘Psychological responsibility’; thoughts on the DSM-5 debate; assistant psychologists; clinical training; male suicide; and more

Text by Robin S. Rosenberg, picture by Peter Tangen from the Real Life Superheroes Project. E-mail [email protected] with your Big picture ideas