Edition 4

meet the Trustees; Annual Conference preview; Spearman Medal; and more

Mike Page, who is not a cognitive neuroscientist, does his bit for the planet in his own inimitable style

Richard Wiseman, Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, talks to comedian Richard Herring

Is laughter a universal emotion? Sophie Scott investigates. Plus listen to an audio interview with Sophie.

Your heart is racing, you’re struggling for breath. You’re weakened and vulnerable. Your body crumples up, you can’t sit or stand up straight, you can’t look people in the eye, and you can’t speak...

Marc Abrahams, Guardian columnist and founder of the Ig Nobel prizes, on research to make you smile and think

Christian Jarrett investigates the psychology of humour and comedy

nuggets from the Society’s free Research Digest service, this month on the psychology of humour

towards an activity map of the brain; new open access psychology journal; the divided brain; anorexia; the cognitive and social benefits of video games

can we be lobbyists for social change?; retirement; intelligence; abortion; unpaid posts; #overlyhonestmethods; humour and health; and more

Download PDF for image from Science Photo Library, with commentary from Francis McGlone. E-mail ‘Big picture’ ideas to jon.sutton@bps.org.uk.