Adrian C. North and David J. Hargreaves introduce the special issue with a look at how music psychology is changing in the digital era
Susan Hallam on the nature and importance of musical ability
Steven Livingstone on difficult paths and last taboos in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
Lauren Stewart on amusia, and the window it provides on musical development
Jane Davidson, Robert Faulkner and Gary McPherson on how to create the right conditions to take our natural interest in music to the next level
Victoria Williamson compares two human universals
Pam Heaton on what the understanding of emotion in music amongst those with autism could tell us about its functions and role in genera
Could the most human of qualities owe their existence to tiny, mindless organisms? Justin H. Park and Mark Schaller investigate
Mark H. Johnson, winner of the Society’s Presidents’ Award 2008, describes the emerging field of developmental cognitive neuroscience
Top psychologists help us to celebrate the 150th e-mail issue of the Society’s Research Digest
Chris Lerwill digs into the archives, 200 years after Darwin’s birth and 150 after the publication of On the Origin of Species.
Wendy Iredale and Mark Van Vugt look at the Darwinian psychology of helping and generosity
Daniel Nettle looks to an unexpected source for answers
Lisa DeBruine examines how evolutionary theories led to predictions that non-evolution-minded researchers would never dream of
Richard Gottlieb analyses Maurice Sendak’s fascinating 1963 picture book, in this 2009 article on the eve of its cinematic release.
Sophia E. Shaw, Ellen Nye, Joanna Jamel & Heather D. Flowe ask whether the media function as disseminators of knowledge or misinformation?
Paul McCarthy offers some reflections on supervising writing in a PhD
Steven Killick and Neil Frude talk about the psychology of oral storytelling in this 2009 article.
Chris Frith, winner of the Society’s 2008 Book Award with Making Up the Mind, on how his ideas have developed, and the surprising implications
Christian Jarrett enters the strange and controversial world of the ‘default mode network’
Jacob B. Hirsh looks at performance prediction, an area with some of the strongest relationships in psychological research
Luke Jefferies looks at an approach to communication and social interaction that could be coming of age; and Cathy Harding and Ruth Berry look at the case-study evidence
Benjamin Gardner looks at a method for recruiting to internet-based research studies; and Rory Allen and Ian Hannent on a new computerised tool
Mallory Wober reflects on two novels by Sebastian Faulks
Julian Boon and Lynsey Gozna rail against the futility of much psychological research, with particular reference to the ‘chameleon offender’
Mark Blagrove on a land still stubbornly slow to offer up its secrets
Allan Hobson, one of the pioneers in the field of what sleep and dreaming are ‘for’, talks to Jon Sutton
Alice M. Gregory and Nicola L. Barclay on whether stress early in life is linked to later sleep problems
Julia Santomauro and Christopher C. French examine the experience of sleep paralysis
Dan Jones on the often surprising part played by moral judgements in our ‘folk psychology
John Waller on how distress and pious fear have led to bizarre outbreaks across the ages.
Deborah Cameron disposes of some widespread misconceptions about differences in the ways men and women use language
Susanne Iqbal and Laura Pipon-Young with a step-by-step guide
Lance Workman talks to Vicki Bruce about perception, £1 coins, dogs, and more in this interview from 2009.
Eric Robinson, winner in the postgraduate category of our student writer competition, weighs up the evidence
In the winning undergraduate entry for our student writer competition, Gaby Pfeifer examines the relationship between sensory stimulation and savoir-vivre
Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman speculate on the factors that could be behind a ‘21st-century fear'
Albert Bandura spoke to a packed audience at Friends House on 22 April about how he is abating urgent global problems by psychosocial means
Gustav Jahoda on the German philosopher and psychologist Johann Friedrich Herbart, and his view of the mind as a starry sky of Newtonian forces.
Christian Jarrett on the benefits (and dangers) of using virtual worlds in your psychological research, therapy and teaching
William J. Fear argues that people on incapacity benefit need a psychosocial intervention rooted in self-efficacy
Christian Hoppe and Jelena Stojanovic look towards the neural mechanics behind talent
Alison Pike, Tina Kretschmer and Judith F. Dunn on what the research says about achieving a harmonious household
John Marzillier and John Hall introduce a collection of opinion pieces on ‘improving access to psychological therapies’
Christian Jarrett on a recent special issue from the US, and an invitation to come up with your own suggestions
Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr revisits the promises of British practical psychology.
John Hall and John Marzillier wrap up the opinion special with some constructive suggestions for moving the agenda on
Patrick Casement with the third of our special opinion pieces on ‘improving access to psychological therapies’
Paul Gilbert with the second contribution to the opinion special
Think again, suggests Nattavudh Powdthavee – you’re experiencing a focusing illusion
Peter Lamont with a brief history of extraordinary psychological feats, and their relevance for our concept of psychology and science
Daniel Everett has spent his career in the Amazon, challenging some fundamental ideas about language and thought. Asifa Majid and Jon Sutton pose the questions
Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park offer an optimistic view of the opportunities
Rebecca Johnson asks what control theory can contribute to our understanding of dissociative identity disorder
Andy Field, winner of the Society’s Book Award, on how he makes use of eels, quails and lap dancers in his teaching
Julie Gore and Claire McAndrew explore advances in cognitive task analysis
Sallie Baxendale looks at a psychological case study in literature
Jadwiga Nazimek on whether exercise can delay – or even prevent – dementia
Jonathan D. Raskin on how the way we organise information could be the key to reducing the negative labelling of others
Alexa Spence, Nick Pidgeon and David Uzzell consider psychology’s role in debating, combating and adapting to climate change
Anna C. Phillips and Douglas Carroll on stress, health and death
Rosemary Wright on the benefits of a conservation project as a form of therapy for people with learning disabilities
Patrick Devine-Wright talks to Jon Sutton about crossing disciplinary boundaries in order to tackle issues of sustainability
Matthew C. Davis and Rose Challenger argue that it’s time for psychology to lead the way in greening individuals’ behaviours, especially in the workplace
Stuart Biddle thinks so, but Terry Dovey disagrees…
Herbert A. Friedman on the why and how of an unusual form of propaganda.
…That’s according to Steven Pinker. Lance Workman interviews Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate and co-creator of behavioural economics
Nick Neave and Daryl B. O’Connor describe their research into the complex effects of this hormone
Toni Brennan on the socio-psychological functions of a quintessentially social activity
David L. Vogel and Nathaniel G. Wade explain that it’s not just about what others think
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ISSN: 0952-8229 (Print), 2398-1529 (online)
Nigel Foreman (Chair, International Committee) introduces a new series of occasional articles on psychology beyond the UK. Then Klaus Helkama and Nigel Foreman look at a country with one of the highest density of psychologists in the world.