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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...

Jane Wardle on how environments, genes and behaviour interact to cause obesity – and what psychologists can do about it.

Obesity is associated with serious health risks. The odds
of contracting diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer and arthritis are markedly higher in obese than in normal-weight adults (...

Tatsuya Sato and Yoh Fumino with the latest in our international series.

IN the 17th century Japan was isolated by its geographical location and its government. The Tokugawa Shogunate feared the spread of Christianity and decided to trade only with China and Holland....

Paul Marsden and Sharon Attia on the psychology of suicide bombing and the role of the media.

EXPLOSIVES strapped to his waist, Hussam Abdo faced the Israeli soldiers, and the camera. The Palestinian teenager had just become a global media celebrity: the ‘Boy Bomber’ of Nablus (see tinyurl...

Martin Roiser examines different ways of estimating public opinion and asks how views change after group discussions.

Early one October morning at the time of the war in Afghanistan, I was listening to the radio. The newscaster wondered why opinion polls revealed a public in favour of British intervention in...

The Psychologist’s editor, Jon Sutton, presents the results of a Society investigation.

PSYCHOLOGY – telling you things you already know in words you don’t understand. Over the years I’ve heard that a lot; from friends and family, journalists, even from other psychologists. Wouldn’t...

Rodger Ll. Wood discusses how head injury can affect personal relationships.

Do you know what it feels like for me to wake up every morning, look at the man in bed next to me, and wish it was the man I married, not the monster I live with now?

Alex Hossack and Gemma Wall ask whether we’re still ignoring vital allies in our practice.

AS psychologists, many of us go through years of training and supervision in order to help others through their problems. But if you were an alcoholic, or suffering with depression, wouldn’t you...

Keith Gaynor with the first in an occasional series giving a psychological perspective on fictional characters.

In J.D. Salinger’s book The Catcher in the Rye (1951) Holden Caulfield struggles through the beginnings of a mental breakdown over several traumatic days in New York. Finally he begins to recount...

Carl Martin Allwood discusses some of the practical problems with taking an indigenous approach.

WE would all like our work to be relevant and useful to society, and psychology is fulfilling at least some of its promise in this respect. But the way psychology is going about realising its true...

Kwang-Kuo Hwang shows how psychological study has been inextricably linked with sociocultural history.

Since the end of World War II there have been three large-scale academic movements attempting to incorporate non-Western cultural factors into psychological research: modernisation theory,...

Ingrid Lunt on achievements and challenges in the international organisation of psychology.

Although American psychology continues to occupy a dominant position in most of the world, there
is an increasing awareness in many countries of the need to develop psychology as a science...

Guest Editors Manfusa Shams and Paul Jackson introduce the special issue.

Since the first laboratory experiments by Wilhelm Wundt in 1898, psychology has developed rapidly. No longer reliant on the white-coated Prof studying rats or, at best, students in a lab,...

Frank Tallis asks whether psychologists should take lovesickness more seriously.

Truly, madly, deeply. If you haven’t actually said those words, you’ve probably thought them – and they are very revealing. They suggest that, as a society, we consider ‘madness’ to be as...

Katie Reid, Paul Flowers and Michael Larkin give an introduction to interpretative phenomenological analysis.

UNDERSTANDING experience is the very bread and butter of psychology, and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA: Smith, 1996) offers psychologists the opportunity to learn from the insights...

George Shouksmith with the latest in our international series.

Back in the 1960s a radio interviewer asked Spike Milligan what he thought of New Zealand. ‘I visited there,’ Spike replied, ‘but I found it was closed!’ Yet at around the same period Austin...

Judy Dunn kicks off the Society’s ‘Year of Relationships’ with a look at children’s relationships with their non-resident fathers.

WHEN parents separate, most children end up living with their mothers. With the rapid rise in parental separation and divorce over the last two decades, this means that increasing numbers of...

Keith Nichols believes that years of research have failed to improve the psychological care of ill and injured people.

Visit your local hospital, pick a ward at random, go with the clinical nurse manager to the third bed on the right and ask, ‘Who is handling this patient’s psychological care and how is it going...

Can caffeine actually keep you fit and healthy into old age? Rebecca Thompson and Karen Keene investigate.

Stop to think for a moment how much caffeine do you consume in a single day? Would you be able to make it through the day without a fix of caffeine at breakfast or mid-afternoon? Its all around...

Alan S. Brown asks whether we can hope to study this intriguing phenomenon scientifically.

I was at a friends house for the first time, and his mother was serving dinner. All the food was on the table except the ham, and immediately after it was placed on the table, the room sort of...

Sarah M. Coyne on a new twist in the media violence debate.

Throughout history people have found violence and aggression entertaining. The Romans cheered in colossal arenas as gladiators were brutally murdered. In medieval England spectators applauded as...

Rudolf N. Cardinal, joint winner of the Societys 2002 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology, writes about his work.

We and other animals are driven to act by rewards, be they primary biological rewards like food, shelter and sex, or more complex social or personal goals. When animals act, they are sometimes...

Daniel Freeman and Philippa A. Garety take a look at the psychology of paranoia.

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds – they ever fly by twilight. Certainly they are to be repressed, or, at the least, well guarded. For they cloud the mind, they lose friends...

In his Hans Eysenck Lecture, Martin Davies describes how he has continued to integrate the correlational and experimental in the study of personality and cognition.

HANS Eysenck was one of the first people to combine what Cronbach (1957) called the two disciplines of scientific psychology – the correlational and the experimental. In this article I’ll describe...