Edition 10

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

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, Keele University, and winner of the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Kieran McNally looks at psychology, schizophrenia, and the making of a modern concept