Michael Billig turns to historical studies of writing psychology to argue for ‘more examples, less theory’ in this extended and adapted extract from his new book.
Ruth Corkett on working in a young offenders institute.
Ella Rhodes hears from researchers in the field.
Ian Florance meets Christian van Nieuwerburgh, who is, amongst other roles, Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology at the University of East London.
Dr Maria Kordowicz on creating meaning post-Covid-19.
Jennifer O’Mahoney on narrative psychology and historical institutional abuse.
We meet Dr Shelley McKeown Jones, Associate Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol and the current Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Social Psychology Section.
Emma Young digests the research on self-knowledge.
Kirstie Whitaker and Olivia Guest ask how open ‘open science’ really is.
Our collection of articles on collaboration.
Dr Robina Shah – consultant applied psychologist, expert in psychosocial medicine, and former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester – talked to Ella Rhodes about her work, life and values.
Nicola Pitchford introduces perspectives from those at the ‘coal face’ of education.
Chris Ferguson and Danielle Lindner might only agree on their need to collaborate.
Jenny Boyd’s autobiography – Jennifer Juniper: A journey beyond the muse – checks in at some of the best-known events and places of the 1960s and 1970s, including inspiring Donovan and travelling with The Beatles, before going ‘back to school’. Ian Florance heard from her on how studying psychology can inform and change lives.
The new book Rapport, by Emily Alison and Laurence Alison, offers ‘The four ways to read people’. Jon Sutton asked them about it.
Katherine Button argues that we need to build a diversity of roles into the fabric of the psychology department, as well as thinking about our role in bigger interdisciplinary projects.
Dr Jon Sutton introduces the issue.
Jon Brock goes inside the Psychological Science Accelerator.
Emma Young digests the research.
Chris Moulin and Celine Souchay on a professional and personal marriage.
We get an update on the Society’s campaign, and call for contributions to a special summer edition.
Marcus Munafò on the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration.
We collate letters in response to the killing of George Floyd. From the British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling Psychology Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists' Group; Anonymous; Halina Bryan; Khadj Rouf; Vaughan Bell; Rosabel Ng; and Shameema Yousuf.
Ian Florance meets Rob Hutton, who is involved in the British Psychological Society’s Psychological Government Programme. They also discuss, among other things, the overlapping applications of human factors/ergonomics and psychology.
Adrian Needs considers the processes at play in equine-assisted learning with members of the armed forces.
Young adults are consuming less alcohol than previous generations. Dominic Conroy and Fiona Measham look to understand changing ‘styles’.
Deputy Editor Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Professor Stefan Van der Stigchel about his new book Concentration: Staying Focused in Times of Distraction (MIT Press).
David Murphy, British Psychological Society President 2019-2020, gave his Presidential Address at the online conference.
Joanne A. Rathbone, Jolanda Jetten, Fiona Kate Barlow, and Jasmine Russell challenge the assumptions of anti-obesity campaigns.
We hear from Nasreen Fazal-Short, Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce; and from Sarb Bajwa, Chief Executive.
Emma Young digests the research.
Craig A. Harper and Harry Purser argue that institutional virtue-signalling on racial inequality is not good enough, and suggest alternatives.
Dr Tosin Bowen-Wright (Clinical Psychologist and a manager within the Camden CAMHS service) in conversation with Paul Jenkins (Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust).
Our editor Jon Sutton reports from Professor Stephen Reicher's opening keynote at the British Psychological Society's online 2020 Conference.
Ella Rhodes reports.
Deputy Editor Annie Brookman-Byrne reports from Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE’s keynote at the British Psychological Society's online 2020 Conference.
We dip into the Society member database and pick… Maria Qureshi, who is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire Doctorate in Clinical Psych programme and Clinical Psychologist in West London NHS Trust.
Living with diabetes can lead to a multitude of psychological challenges – Dr Rose Stewart, Principal Clinical Psychologist for Wrexham Young Adult Diabetes Service, told Ella Rhodes her expertise in this under-represented area was of particular importance in times of Covid-19.
Our editor Jon Sutton on Professor Paul Slovic’s keynote at the British Psychological Society’s online conference.
Rabbi David Ariel Sher on implications for psychologists.
Deputy Editor Annie Brookman-Byrne reports from Professor Alison Gopnik’s keynote at the British Psychological Society's online 2020 Conference.
Collecting together our special summer print edition, with a few extras.
Can psychology save the world in a ‘new normal’? Lee Rowland curates 10 quotes…
At the beginning of April, our editor Jon Sutton talked to Stuart Ritchie, a psychologist and a Lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, about concerns over coronavirus coverage and more.
Sally Zlotowitz, with thanks to Ebinehita Iyere and Rachel McKail from MAC-UK.
New British Psychological Society President Dr Hazel McLaughlin follows up last month’s interview with a focus on change and the future.
An introduction to a special themed issue, 'Towards a new normal, and beyond', from Dr Jon Sutton.
Jan Maskell with two visions from a warming planet.
Gemma Milne looks at how hype can blinker our understanding of what’s going on.
Kavita Vedhara on the fascinating world of vaccine adjuvants and more.
...from Jolanda Jetten, Stephen Reicher, Alex Haslam and Tegan Cruwys.
As psychologists working clinical health, we have been close to the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic and the lessons that are ours to seize and hold on to. We have dared to imagine a progressive (perhaps utopian?) future, written from the perspective of a new graduate, and we invite you come along with us…
David Robson on psychological efforts to achieve ‘herd immunity’ against the spread of misinformation in pandemic times.
To tie in with the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference theme of 'Psychology of the future: Changing landscapes', we asked contributors for their '2040 visions'.
Ella Rhodes reports on the British Psychological Society's efforts to provide support and guidance around coronavirus.
Helen Johnson considers how psychologists can foster a relationship with the arts that nourishes all.
Sandra Lovell on the place of Personal Protective Equipment in safety controls for Covid-19.
A Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Wales’ largest Intensive Care Unit in Cardiff, Dr Julie Highfield led the BPS Covid-19 Coordinating Group’s staff wellbeing work and has recently taken up a secondment with the Intensive Care Society as its National Project Director for Wellbeing. Ella Rhodes spoke to her.
Our editor Jon Sutton hears from Kathryn Scott, Director of Policy for the British Psychological Society.
Matthew Warren, editor of our Research Digest, with an update on the research response to Covid-19, and the issues raised.
Keon West’s photography from Instagram.
As lockdown rules ease in the UK but distancing guidance remains in place, how can we use group norms to make distancing easier for people at mass gatherings? John Drury, Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins have some advice.
As lockdown began, The Psychologist team set to work collecting evidence-based perspectives on coronavirus and the pandemic response for our website. At the time of writing, there are more than 90 views, interviews and more gathered there, from more than 120 psychologists. We are very grateful to all who gave their time and expertise so generously during challenging times.
Gavin Miller considers science fiction and psychology.
Dr Rowena Hill is a psychologist from Nottingham Trent University now seconded full-time to the cross-governmental C19 National Foresight Group. On 1 May, our editor Jon Sutton spoke with her from lockdown.
Ella Rhodes hears from those working on bereavement during the pandemic and beyond.
Prof-bots or a psychologically informed future? You decide, says Angel Chater.
Kim Stephenson and Pradnya Surana on the importance of reframing our relationship with money in pandemic times.
Alison Clarke with a call to action.
Roger Paxton thinks a better society is not just possible but likely.
Linda Kaye on putting our online data to work.
Roxane Gervais on flexibility and leadership.
… and tackling it requires reckoning with the past that brought us here, argue Jacy L.Young and Peter Hegarty.
Joanna Griffin on emotional wellbeing in parents of disabled children.
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Professor Stephany Biello (University of Glasgow) at the annual meeting of the Psychobiology Section.
An appreciation from Dorothy Bishop.
Richard Wiseman on a new tool for teaching and outreach.
Matthew Adams revisits Pavlov’s labs from a dog’s perspective.
Dean Fathers didn’t train in psychology, but during his discussion with Ian Florance it became clear that he has a clear vision of the role of psychologists and, more widely, of health provision within society.
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Debra Malpass, Director of Knowledge and Insight at the British Psychological Society.
How learning happens: Seminal works in educational psychology and what they mean in practice by Professor Paul A. Kirschner and Dr Carl Hendrick, published by Routledge, is out now. Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Paul about the book.
Emma Young digests the research.
Liam Cross gets in sync in search of solutions to intergroup conflict.
Joel Vos, Digby Tantam and Emmy van Deurzen on how Brexit has emotionally impacted Europeans in the UK, and how psychologists are helping.
Rupert Brown considers the life and legacy of Henri Tajfel (1919-1982).
We meet Dr Hazel McLaughlin, who takes over as British Psychological Society President at the end of June.
Anne Templeton has suggestions to build inclusive supervision environments.
Ella Rhodes speaks to some of the British Psychological Society members working on its response to coronavirus.
Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Caspar Addyman about his new book, The laughing baby: The extraordinary science behind what makes babies happy.
Robert MacRory-Crowley and Kevin O’Malley on ‘heroism science’, ahead of its third biennial conference at the University of Limerick.
Dr Richard G. Ford is a corporate psychologist specialising in leadership coaching and senior executive assessments, and his book on ‘How Leadership Reputations are Won and Lost’ is out now (Libri Publishing). This book gets to grips with how and why careers are successful, falter or plateau; how our reputation is formed in the real world, and what makes the difference between winning and losing a reputation; and how to take control to manage and develop your reputation and build a personal brand.
Dave Neale on a growing yet under-explored area.
Sue Holttum on bringing lived experience and applied psychology to art therapy.
We dip into the Society member database and pick out… Dr Edward Ong, Associate Lecturer at Coventry University.
Matthew Warren, editor of our Research Digest, investigates.
Elian Fink and Jenny Gibson on the importance of play in early childhood.
Jack Chalkley revisits what Monte Shapiro offers clinicians who doubt whether their assessments capture what is personal and vital in their patients’ distress.
Tim Anstiss, Jonathan Passmore and Paul Gilbert.
Ian Florance interviews Alison Clarke who, among many other roles, is Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Practice Board.
Nejra Van Zalk and Claire P. Monks preview their book Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence, published by Routledge this month .
Ella Rhodes collates a series of contributions from those researching vision and perception.
Khyati Tripathi with a personal journey into death studies.
Our editor Dr Jon Sutton in conversation with Professor Catherine Loveday, Chair of the Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee.
A clinical psychologist’s account of having a daughter with depression, from Dr Annie Hickox. Now with added postscript.
In 2012 Robert McIntosh and Sergio Della Sala, both at the University of Edinburgh, published an article in The Psychologist on mirror-writing, which has had a surprising impact. The article is the most read piece on our website ever; viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and still getting around 10,000 views a month. We caught up recently with the authors, to talk about the article’s success, and to get an update on any developments in the field.
‘It’s about giving people hope’… Ian Florance talks to Geraldine O’Hare.
Nikolay Petrov and Oliver Robinson.
Katy Mitchell reflects on unknown endings.
Ella Rhodes on the British Psychological Society’s ‘Psychological Government’ programme.
Psychologists are actively working on the response to Covid-19, and psychological theory / research is relevant in many ways… this page will serve as a growing resource collecting those contributions.
Emma Young digests the research.
Deanne Bell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. Deanne spoke to Deputy Editor Annie Brookman-Byrne about her desire to understand and repair the world.
Geoffrey Beattie on his new book, Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective.
Binna Kandola is Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. He met with Society President David Murphy to discuss some questions we had put to them.
Dr Roy Baumeister is a social psychologist at Florida State University. For his new book, he joined forces with science journalist John Tierney to explore The Power of Bad. Dr Tom Farsides, a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex, fired some questions at Dr Baumeister.
Naomi Fisher considers the arguments for self-directed education.
Sarah Atayero on the need for diversity in training and the workforce.
Ella Rhodes spoke to the psychologist and University of Sheffield academic and lecturer about the 'Plastics: Redefining Single Use' project.
The Truth Project, part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has now heard from more than 4000 victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. As it launches its public awareness campaign, we talk to chief psychologist to the Inquiry, Dr Rebekah Eglinton, about the trauma-informed approach. Throughout, we also include quotes, in italics, from survivor ‘Esme’.
Sarb Bajwa writes.
Emma Young, writing for our Research Digest, combines a recent conference and research to consider how individuals and societies might best flourish.
Ella Rhodes reports.
Dr Ilona Singer talks to Ian Florance.
Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms are entrepreneurs and activists, and authors of the 2018 bestseller 'New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize and Succeed in our Chaotic, Connected Age'. Our editor Jon Sutton posed them some questions.
Professor Peter Lee talks to Annie Brookman-Byrne about the experiences of armed drone pilots.
In a feature from our Research Digest blog, Emma Young considers activism.
Ian Florance meets Zenobia Nadirshaw.
For our latest annual poetry competition, we received dozens of entries…
Following a personal encounter with the criminal justice system, forensic psychologist Dr Hannah Jones voices her concerns over the potentially retraumatising processes victims must go through.
Yvonne Shell is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist who works as Director of Criminal Justice for the charity Together, and as a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. She spoke to Ella Rhodes.
Eloise Stark on a promising addition to the mental health landscape.
Dr Suzi Gage is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Suzi about her new book Say why to drugs: Everything you need to know about the drugs we take and why we get high (Hodder & Stoughton; £16.99).
Dr Anna Naumenko, Chartered Psychologist and Psychometrician, on working with start-ups.
Sarah Crafter and Humera Iqbal on the positives and negatives of child language brokering in the everyday lives of immigrant families.
We present the five winning entries from our 2019 ‘Voices In Psychology’ programme, along with extracts from some of the other submissions and a commentary from British Psychological Society President David Murphy.
Four very different Assistant Psychologists find a common thread through peer supervision – the inspirational power of people’s stories, and working in a way that allows them to be shared.
Kate Johnstone speaks to Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, one of the few architects in the world holding a PhD in ‘healthcare architecture’
Emma Young digests some research related to the Society’s 2020 theme, ‘From poverty to flourishing’.
Laura Kilby offers up some advice based on her own journey.
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Jenny Taylor.
In interviews for our website, Dr Kal Kseib has met some of the founders of modern psychotherapy approaches. Here, he reflects on what he has learnt.
Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, author and psychology lecturer. Her latest book, The Art of Rest, examining the science behind our struggles to rest and relax, is published on 5 December by Canongate. Our editor Jon Sutton asked her about it.
Ian Florance meets Professor Rosemary Rizq, a Counselling Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who combines her academic role at the University of Roehampton with work as clinician and writer.
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...From the archive
Dorothy Bishop (University of Oxford) talks to Lance Workman about tweeting, blogging and childhood disorders
At his Distinguished Contributions to the Teaching of Psychology Award Lecture Tony Gale argued that the Society’s accreditation of the psychology degree has hindered the growth of the discipline.