...features

In the first of our articles, Carole Sutton, David Utting and David Farrington look at the evidence for the early origins of antisocial behaviour.

There is now a wealth of evidence, summarised in the illustration opposite, that the roots of offending, mental health difficulties and failure to reach cognitive potential are often evident from...

Philip Treleaven, Adrian Furnham and Viren Swami on a new area with implications for psychological research.

Your body shape and language contain a wealth of personal information that has a major influence on your life. Now 3D photo-booths are able to instantaneously capture
a highly accurate...

Craig Aaen-Stockdale, winner in the postgraduate category, on how psychologists have found their playful side to shed light on the plasticity of the brain.

The work of modern psychologists and neuroscientists is now almost universally informed by the idea that the mind is a product of the physical brain (and anybody taking a different line probably...

As the Society publishes a new report, Christian Jarrett takes a look at causes and treatments.

TO many, the term personality disorder (PD) has become synonymous with stigma and confusion. It’s said that if psychologists cannot agree on what exactly personality is or how to measure it, then...

John White considers the roots of a fundamental psychological concept.

In the latest in our ‘Eye on fiction’ series, Charles Fernyhough looks at how novelists have reflected scientific understanding of the mind.

Like any science, psychology depends on making links from the known to the unknown. Throughout the history of psychology, metaphors have proved an invaluable way of gaining purchase on the...

Daniel B. Wright, James Ost and Christopher C. French look at how the evidence has developed since the Society’s working party report.

In 1995 the recovered memory debate was near its most vociferous height. Hundreds of people were recovering memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), sometimes in therapies where it was believed...

Willem Kuyken on the phenomenon of overgeneralised autobiographical memory in depression.

Think of a personal quality that is important to you, perhaps one that defines you in some way. Now try to think of a specific memory, a particular time and place that demonstrates this quality....

At this year’s Annual Conference, Padraic Monaghan delivered the Spearman Medal Lecture on an unusual way of studying hemispheric specialisation.

On opening up the top of your head, one of the most striking features of the brain’s structure is that it is divided into two hemispheres. Delving further, you will notice that the two hemispheres...

Damien W. Riggs and Precilla Y. L. Choi examine the role of privilege in research and practice.

Psychological research has often focused on the effects of racism and (less often) heterosexism upon marginalised groups. However, a brief survey of the literature suggests that we have seldom...

Roger Paxton on changes and implications for academic and applied psychologists.

The purpose of the NHS is to improve the health of the population, so why does the NHS fund research? The reason, explicit on the Department of Health website, is to provide the knowledge base so...

Anna Costin with the latest in our international series.

Andy Young

THE truth is that I’ve been doing it so long, I’m not sure I can really remember why I started. But I’m really glad that I stumbled into this area of research.
I do recall that the stumbling...

Chris Olivers, winner of the Society’s Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology, on the attentional control of dynamic stimuli.

The modern world is designed to capture our attention. Traffic lights, flashing phones, moving banners, and brightly coloured billboards depicting happy faces and sensual bodies – all attempt to...

Aoife O’Donovan and Brian M. Hughes find that the effects of social support on health aren’t as straightforward as they at first seem.

‘I’M afraid you’re suffering from a lack of social support,’ said the physician in a grave tone. ‘Consequences of this malady include heart disease, complications during pregnancy and childbirth,...

It’s the Society’s ‘Year of Reducing Conflict’, but John Kremer and Ian Schermbrucker believe that shouldn’t always be our goal.

In February 2004 David Goodhart wrote a provocative piece for Prospect magazine entitled ‘Too diverse’. The article questioned whether Britain was becoming too diverse to sustain ‘a good society...

Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Jim McManus, Craig Hutchison and Meg Barker with some recommendations.

Psychologists should consider their relationship with the voluntary and community sectors (VCS). Here we outline the potential returns for all when collaborating, and the potential consequences of...

Emma Flynn , Karen Pine and Charlie Lewis argue for a powerful psychological technique.

Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam discuss results from their BBC Prison Study.

Sarah Riley, Hannah Frith, Louise Archer and Louise Veseley discuss women in psychology and The Psychologist.

Noting that there were fewer submissions to The Psychologist by women, the Psychologist Policy Committee asked us, via the Standing Committee for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities, to comment....

Educational failure is the root of many social problems; Sonia Jackson and Peter McParlin believe psychologists can help.

Children who grow up in local authority care, ‘looked after’ under the Children Act 1989, are four times more likely than others to require the help of mental health services; nine times more...

P. Alex Linley and Susan Harrington discuss academic and applied perspectives on strengths psychology.

What are your strengths? In everyday conversation people are generally modest and reluctant to talk about their strengths. When asked this question in an interview, most people feel slightly...

David Giles and John Maltby examine the current state of psychological research on celebrities and those who ‘worship’ them.

Imagine for a moment that you are famous. How different would your life be? For a start, you would be incredibly powerful. Feel hungry? Don’t bother walking to the shop to buy some lunch – you...

Catherine Butler, Lyndsey Moon and Meg Barker introduce the special issue. Alex Accoroni on some common misconceptions that can hinder a straight therapist in their work with LGB clients. Lyndsey Moon on sexual scripts and the language of difference.

Peter Bull with a contribution to the Society’s theme for the year – ‘Reducing conflict’.

Sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland has often been described in terms of a clash of identities between the Protestant British, who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom, and the Irish...