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John Read wonders what happened to the ‘psycho’ and ‘social’ in explanations of mental illness.

Peter Bull on oratory and the mistiming of applause.

Rhetorical techniques used by politicians to invite audience applause were the focus of intensive research by Max Atkinson (e.g., Atkinson, 1984). Just as conversationalists take it in turn to...

In a special web-only article inspired by the centenary celebrations, Eugene Sadler-Smith discusses how the composer was influenced by psychology.
Note: This is part of a continued attempt to integrate our print and web coverage and to offer something extra to members. Web-only material is not peer-reviewed, allowing us to deal more effectively with time-sensitive issues. The website can also host longer articles than we have room for in print, particularly at a time when submission rates and advertising levels remain high. If you are interested in writing a web-only article, e-mail the Editor on [email protected].

The late Sir Michael Tippett is widely acknowledged as being foremost amongst English composers of the mid- to late 20th century. He was born on 4 January 1905 and died on 8 January 1998, a few...

Susan Johnson with a letter from across the Atlantic.

IT is the British Psychological Society’s Year of Relationships. Surely the time to write to my colleagues in the UK (the country of my birth) about the changes occurring here in North America in...

Sharon Smart (the Society’s Assistant Press Officer) meets educational psychologist Alan McLean.

WHEN a pupil ‘can’t be bothered’ with school it is often difficult to have sympathy if they then fail to succeed academically. Even teachers may struggle to be supportive, seeing the youngster’s...

Tony Manstead and Margie Wetherell introduce a special issue on the state of UK social psychology, with lessons for all. With articles by Russell Spears, Wendy Hollway and Derek Edwards ('Three views on hate'), Stephen Reicher and Stephanie Taylor ('Similarities and differences between traditions'), S. Alexander Haslam and Brian Parkinson ('Pulling together or pulling apart? Towards organic pluralism in social psychology'), and Stephen Reicher again ('Where next?').

UK social psychology is highly distinctive – nowhere else in the world is the field of academic social psychology so clearly divided into different camps. Major differences in approach and...

Constantine Sedikides delivered the Michael Argyle Lecture at this year’s Annual Conference.

Humans are social animals. We spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about people, interacting with them, influencing them and being influenced by them. We crave social contact and find our...

Joint winner of the Presidents’ Award, Tony Manstead, describes his research.

Emotion colours all our lives, but until relatively recently it had not been a focus for psychological theory and research. Things began to change in the 1980s, with the establishment of...

Reason and the 'yuck' factor - Both reason and emotion inform moral judgements, but which is in the driving seat? Sarah Lee, winner in the undergraduate category, investigates.
The unbearable lightness of procrastination - Cedric Ginestet with the winning entry in the postgraduate category.

Peter Hepper on the embryonic science of fetal psychology.

The history of man for the nine months preceding his birth would, probably, be far more interesting and contain events of greater moment than for all the three score and ten years that follow it...

Guest editor Pat Frankish introduces the special issue.

Psychology and other knowledge-based professions could sensitise the political and administrative community on the outcomes for those with a disability. Psychology could play a role in the...

Sophia Jowett with a contribution to the Society’s ‘Year of Relationships’.

Phil Stringer talks to Frank Coffield about his research into learning styles, an increasingly popular area.

Pioneering work in participant observation with Glasgow gangs, a study of unemployed young adults in the North East of England, and a survey of vandalism and graffiti… Frank Coffield has...

At the 2005 Annual Conference in Manchester, Steven Tipper gave his Presidents’ Award Lecture on the retrieval of attention processes from memory.

Two of the most central aspects of human cognitive processes are attention and memory. Attention enables us to find objects that are of importance to us in complex environments, and to focus our...

Jennifer Brown

‘Your report made a difference’ said the barrister, telling me that a woman officer had accepted an out-of-court settlement after a 15-year legal battle to acknowledge her harassment within the...

Victoria Clarke, Carole Burgoyne and Maree Burns with a contribution to the Society’s ‘Year of Relationships’ in 2005.

Tomás Chamorro-Premuzic and Adrian Furnham look to understand, assess and predict individual differences in achievement.

Most applied psychologists – clinical, educational, organisational – feel the need to use cognitive ability tests for specific diagnostic purposes or educational and personnel selection. However...

Peter Forster introduces the latest in our international series – but with a difference.

WheN The Psychologist began its series of international articles, I was working in Vanuatu, a Y-shaped chain of 80 inhabited islands between Fiji to the east and Queensland, Australia, to the west...

As pressure grows on food advertisers, Jason C.G. Halford looks at the evidence.

Andrew J. Hill examines the evidence concerning the psychosocial consequences of childhood obesity.

Obesity is now firmly on the UK’s health agenda, and children are increasingly the number one priority. Those already overweight or obese need immediate and expert help. Those who are not are...

Stuart Biddle and Trish Gorely investigate.

'The kids of today! Too much telly and texting – it’s making them fat!’ is a common refrain in the media and in general conversation. Indeed, the strong rise in obesity in young people over...

In response to our special issue Gustav Jahoda sets out a different historical analysis of cross-cultural psychology and finds the concepts of ‘indigenous psychology’ and ‘universal psychology’ hard to pin down.

IN their February special issue ‘Bringing psychology to all societies’, the three contributors (Ingrid Lunt, Kwang-Kuo Hwang and Carl Martin Allwood) dealt with some important though controversial...

Stephen Joseph interviews Professor David Lane, Chair of the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, about psychotherapy and the establishment of this new professional route within the BPS.

Jane Ogden argues that psychological solutions are not always best.

Obesity is mainly seen by health professionals as a psychological problem relating to beliefs and two key behaviours – overeating and underactivity. As a result, obesity has traditionally been...

Paul Chadwick and Helen Croker on why psychological intervention is the best option.

AS anyone who has tried to lose weight will know, it is not easy. Rely on willpower or calorie counting alone, and try as you might you can’t squeeze into that smaller size. But surely some...