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Geoffrey D. Munro examines when people believe psychology is not science

Psychological research can yield truths, but sometimes those truths are hard for people to swallow. When scientific evidence challenges an important belief, people often defend the belief by...

Deborah Wells has a menagerie of surprising and controversial research on animal antics

A wide range of potions, pills and other therapies are prescribed every day in a bid to remedy the vast array of physical and mental disorders afflicting the British public. Many of these...

Paranormality, with Richard Wiseman. Photo by Magrath/Folsom/Science Photo Library. (download PDF to see picture)

Paul A. Howard-Jones asks how can we use insights from neuroscience to provide more effective teaching and learning

The idea that we should use our burgeoning understanding of the brain to improve education has a commonsense feel about it. But the past history of brain-based learning, with its unscientific and...

John Arnold reviews psychological and social definitions of career and career success and their implications for research

The consistent and sometimes exaggerated emphasis on the unpredictability of careers these days has prompted an assertion of the need and the capacity of individuals to take control. In turn, this...

Christian Jarrett examines the relevance of the idea of sin to modern life, and introduces a special ‘sin week’ on the Society’s Research Digest blog at http://www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog

Claire’s life, 9:53–10:42 Stamford, England, June. Photos by Claire’s SenseCam. Does your work lend itself to a striking image??Get in touch on [email protected] DOWNLOAD PDF FOR FREE POSTER

a voyage of discovery with survivors of breast cancer with Caroline Muttitt in the latest of our series for budding writers

Louise Elliman looks at the strengths associated with Asperger’s syndrome, from a social model of disability perspective

There is currently much controversy over the status of Asperger’s syndrome (AS) and how individuals with AS should be viewed within society. Is AS a disorder in need of diagnosis and treatment, or...

Matthew Coxon with the third in our series for budding writers

Elisabeth Hill and Anna Barnett examine the case of developmental coordination disorder (DCD)

The development of adequate motor control and coordination is an important part of general development, allowing an infant to interact with and learn about the world around them and making...

Sarita Robinson and Nikola Bridges on the psychology and physiology behind staying alive

It is possible that you might face a life-threatening situation today – modern life is full of risks from crossing the road, to being involved in a large-scale terrorist attack. How would you...

John Leach looks at why people perish unnecessarily, and the crucial nature of cognitive function

Cognition underlies all our behaviour including survival behaviour. Yet, when life is threatened, cognitive function becomes impaired. This article examines current research into the role of...

Ron Roberts examines mind and behaviour in the Antarctic

Psychological research in Antarctica addresses a number of key issues that are important to understanding how people (as individuals and groups) function in isolated and extreme environments: the...

The greatest show on earth Allahabad, Northern India, January. Photo by Steve Reicher: download PDF for the first of our pull-out posters. Does your work lend itself to a striking image? Get in touch with the editor on [email protected]

Phil Boyes with the second in our series for budding writers (see p.929)

Top occupational psychologists discuss the state of the discipline

Frank Belschak and Deanne Den Hartog unravel positive and negative aspects of proactive behaviour at work

In most modern workplaces it is not enough for employees to react and adapt to changes in their environment; rather, they need to plan ahead and prepare for potential threats and dangers in the...

David Uzzell delivered the joint British Academy/British Psychological Society Annual Lecture, on psychology and climate change.

Kisane Prutton on the media’s particular appetite for psychology

Clare Kambamettu, Elinor Llewellyn, Mary Longley and Paul Davis report on how they tackle problem drinking

Paul M. Jenkinson and Aikaterini (Katerina) Fotopoulou look at an example of good intentions and poor awareness in the motor system

We usually manoeuvre through our environment so effortlessly that the complexity of voluntary movement is taken for granted. Most of the time the processes involved in running for the morning bus...

Marc Jones and David Lavallee on the psychology of the Ryder Cup

Mark Twain once defined playing golf as a ‘good walk spoiled’, yet for psychologists the Ryder Cup between the USA and Europe is worth watching because of the many different elements of psychology...

Eirini Flouri with an overview of the theory and evidence

The last two decades have witnessed a growing concern and interest in the role that fathers play in the lives of their children. How does family life – particularly aspects such as biological...

Charles Spence on his mouth-watering research

Eating and drinking are among life’s most pleasurable activities and among the most multisensory as well. However, cognitive neuroscientists have only recently come to realise that their insights...