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Guy Claxton on the welcome return of the irrational.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it, and can no longer...

Peter Kinderman calls for big changes in training and career structures.

The training and career structure of applied psychologists must change radically. And the structure of the governing professional body – the BPS – must change too. There should be a single three-...

Following September’s Dispatches programme ‘The Dyslexia Myth’, The Psychologist featured an article by Rod Nicolson in the November issue (‘Dyslexia: Beyond the myth’). Here, Julian Elliott, who featured prominently in the original programme, responds to Nicolson’s article. We also present the views of others who wrote to our Letters page concerning the topic. All have been edited.

John B. Davies argues that it is time for a paradigm shift in psychology.

Some years ago a student submitted a practical assignment in which he wrote something along these lines:
I collected the data on Sauchiehall Street on Friday afternoon. I asked any young-...

John Radford searches for unity in psychology.

When I first studied psychology nearly fifty years ago there were perhaps 200 graduates a year. Now there are 8000. Content, issues and employment have changed radically, but some issues persist....

Oliver James's 'Personal space' on developmental psychopathology as a basis for politics.

All mainstream political parties make economic growth the central tenet of their election manifesto. ‘It’s the economy, stoopid’, we are told. But as far as psychopathology is concerned, for the...

Robert Resnick argues that psychologists should
be allowed to prescribe medication. With commentaries from Lucy Johnstone, Morgan Sammons and Ronald Levant, and Jim Orford.

A patient is speaking to the doctor, relating several months of sadness, loss of appetite and sleep, irritability and just plain ‘feeling lousy’. After further discussion the doctor concludes the...

Peter Salmon discusses anarchism, methodologism and the quantitative vs. qualitative debate.

Psychology has evidently been vexed by qualitative research. Articles in The Psychologist and elsewhere have passionately argued whether it will save the discipline from the perils of positivism,...

Norman Wetherick hates mindless data collection – ‘Who’s asking the big questions?’

FIFTY years ago, I embarked on a philosophy degree hoping for an answer to a central question. How, by purely natural means, could beings have evolved in a physical universe that were capable of...

Peter Stannett on equal opportunities in psychology.

I am someone with athetoid cerebral palsy and a strong interest in physiology and psychology.
I graduated in psychology and then completed an MSc in health psychology. One of my initial (but...

Sue McGaw argues that parenting classes are long overdue. Charlie Lewis worries that they are yet another attempt at social control.

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.

In 1967 rebellious heads of department met at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair, to protest against the Society’s move towards a national curriculum. The Society wanted to specify not only a curriculum but...

Frederic Stansfield suggests that the problem of the commercialisation of science goes deeper than David Miller and Greg Philo suggested.

AS Miller and Philo maintain in the May issue of The Psychologist, the commercialisation of science is indeed a pressing problem, with its associated silencing of dissent and suppression of...

Stephen Joseph asks whether EMDR is a pseudoscientific repackaging of existing psychotherapeutic factors dressed up in the emperor’s new clothes of eye movements.

In the March issue of The Psychologist, Shapiro and Maxfield say that EMDR is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. They point toward reviews by the International Society for...

David Miller and Greg Philo's 'Personal space'

Universities and the academic community have been largely silenced as a source of dissent and independent critical thought. Why has this happened? What can we do about it? The rot set in with the...

Michael W. Eysenck offers his viewpoint on the differences between European and American psychology;
Neil Martin on why and how European publishers are taking on the American heavyweights;
Monique Anderson interviews Tuomo Tikkanen, President of the European Federation of Professional Psychologists Associations (EFPPA), to hear about European psychology and the role of EFPPA within it.

Michael Eysenck: Most psychological research in the world is carried out in Europe and the United States.
It is often assumed that any distinctive differences there may once have been...

TONY DAVID says yes, IVAN LEUDAR disagrees.

IVAN LEUDAR: Let me start by proposing the terms of the debate. I do not accept that auditory and verbal hallucinations must be studied only as hallucinations. The term ‘hallucination’ implies an...

Steve Baldwin and Paul Cooper debate the issues.

John Sloboda and Peter Coleman's Personal Space

WE have recently proposed that the Society’s Council should take various initiatives to respond to the psychological consequences of the recent military interventions in Kosovo and Serbia. These...

David Pilgrim argues that recent Society guidance
on the use of diagnostic classifications in court misses
the point.

DIAGNOSIS is a medical task that creates a simple dichotomy between the sick and the well.
By contrast, psychological formulations assume a continuity between the normal and the abnormal....

Edgar Stones

MOST psychologists of all stripes are likely to have gone through a course of training in which they would have been taught the elements of their particular field of psychology. The chances are...