Towards a 'new normal' and beyond

Collecting together our special summer print edition, with a few extras.

‘Nothing could be worse than a return to normality’

Can psychology save the world in a ‘new normal’? Lee Rowland curates 10 quotes…

'We need a certain amount of humility'

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.

Restoring and honouring community

Sally Zlotowitz, with thanks to Ebinehita Iyere and Rachel McKail from MAC-UK.

‘We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world'

New British Psychological Society President Dr Hazel McLaughlin follows up last month’s interview with a focus on change and the future.

Editorial, summer edition 2020

An introduction to a special themed issue, 'Towards a new normal, and beyond', from Dr Jon Sutton.

A green perspective

Jan Maskell with two visions from a warming planet.

‘Trying to keep up the illusion of authority is decreasing trust’

Gemma Milne looks at how hype can blinker our understanding of what’s going on.

10 lessons for dealing with a pandemic

...from Jolanda Jetten, Stephen Reicher, Alex Haslam and Tegan Cruwys.

‘We will have to live with the risk of Covid-19… but Psychology has much to say about that risk’

Kavita Vedhara on the fascinating world of vaccine adjuvants and more.

‘We now fit the system to the person’

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…

It's 2040. Psychology has changed. How?

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'.

Vaccinating against viruses of the mind

David Robson on psychological efforts to achieve ‘herd immunity’ against the spread of misinformation in pandemic times.

‘We can support the engagement of the wider community to develop solutions…’

Ella Rhodes reports on the British Psychological Society's efforts to provide support and guidance around coronavirus.

Arts and culture in a ‘new normal’

Helen Johnson considers how psychologists can foster a relationship with the arts that nourishes all.

How do we ensure the responsible and practical use of PPE?

Sandra Lovell on the place of Personal Protective Equipment in safety controls for Covid-19.

‘The patients are just so sick…’

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.

‘The levers that government are pulling are psychological’

Our editor Jon Sutton hears from Kathryn Scott, Director of Policy for the British Psychological Society.

‘A high stakes version of Groundhog Day’

Matthew Warren, editor of our Research Digest, with an update on the research response to Covid-19, and the issues raised.

‘We have to remember to find the beauty in what’s already at home with us’

Keon West’s photography from Instagram.

The psychology of physical distancing

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.

A web of coronavirus perspectives

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.

Which utopia, whose future?

Gavin Miller considers science fiction and psychology.

‘It’s everyone, everywhere, everything… There’s nothing that’s untouched’

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.

‘People are having a very different experience of death’

Ella Rhodes hears from those working on bereavement during the pandemic and beyond.

Psychology as a thing of the past

Prof-bots or a psychologically informed future? You decide, says Angel Chater.

‘We can come out of it poorer, but better’

Kim Stephenson and Pradnya Surana on the importance of reframing our relationship with money in pandemic times.

What could Psychology look like?

Alison Clarke with a call to action.

Moral progress after Covid-19

Roger Paxton thinks a better society is not just possible but likely.

When the job hunts you

Linda Kaye on putting our online data to work.

Work, workers and workplaces

Roxane Gervais on flexibility and leadership.

Featured job: IAPT Practitioner, The Forward Trust

‘What is remarkable about what we've achieved is that it's unremarkable’

One thing I’ve learned about myself, or Psychology, during the pandemic…

Global states of uncertainty

Close to home in the time of Covid-19

From the Chief Executive, Summer 2020

Psychology has a sexual harassment problem…

… and tackling it requires reckoning with the past that brought us here, argue Jacy L.Young and Peter Hegarty.

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‘Babies really enjoy being babies’

Annie Brookman-Byrne asked Caspar Addyman about his new book, The laughing baby: The extraordinary science behind what makes babies happy.

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‘Your brain is revealing the building blocks of everyday experience'

Ella Rhodes collates a series of contributions from those researching vision and perception.

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‘I understood when I listened to people’s stories’

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.

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‘There is a spectrum of responses to killing far-off enemies’

Professor Peter Lee talks to Annie Brookman-Byrne about the experiences of armed drone pilots.

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What makes a psychologist?

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.

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