Edition 3

Ray McBride investigates the phenomenon and what it could mean for mainstream psychology

Ecstasy is not divine, but nor is it grotesque. It is a human experience. A moment in which consensual reality is overwhelmed by an unusual but rewarding sense of connection – between you and the...

Angelica Ronald, winner of the Spearman Medal 2012, looks at autism spectrum disorder and ADHD in the light of revisions to diagnostic procedures

Most of the time we think about clinical conditions, such as autism or ADHD or schizophrenia or depression, individually. Yet in reality it is extremely common for people to show more than one...

Stuart C. Carr and Malcolm MacLachlan present a manifesto for tackling global inequalities at work

The global community, led by the United Nations, has helpfully focused aid effort on various key issues, such as halving extreme poverty by 2015, achieving universal primary education, reducing...

which scientific ideas are ready for retirement?; APA interrogation decision; the ‘next big thing’ in psychology; HM’s brain; and more

stereotype threat; how happiness changes your personality; and tickling, in the latest from our free Research Digest (see www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog)

the hidden mental pain of men; mental health action plan and IAPT; Julian Rotter; social justice; population pressures; parental alienation; and more

Art in the asylum: ‘I spit on life’ (1953/54) by William Kurelek, courtesy of the Adamson Collection London (copyright estate of William Kurelek and Wynick/Tuck Gallery Toronto). Words by Victoria Tischler, Chartered Psychologist and curator of ‘Art in the Asylum’. Send your ideas for ‘Big picture’ to [email protected].

Reader in Cognitive Science and Research Lead for Psychology at De Montfort University

Tadhg MacIntyre, Aidan Moran and Mark Campbell shed light on the origins of psychology in Ireland

plus the usual mix of books and other media reviews, including National Geographic, Inside the Animal Mind; the untold story of Milgram’s shock experiments; and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park