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Toni Brennan on the socio-psychological functions of a quintessentially social activity

Gossip ­– only ‘others’ do it, right? This article attempts to shed light on this ubiquitous and often frowned upon human activity. In recent times, social psychology and allied disciplines have...

David L. Vogel and Nathaniel G. Wade explain that it’s not just about what others think

The fear of being stigmatised by others often leads people to avoid professional help. This stigma can also be internalised, further reducing the likelihood of seeking help. Understanding these...

Daryl B. O’Connor and Eamonn Ferguson on the use of diary methods in psychology

Methods that allow scientists to identify the momentary patterns of our behaviour – their ‘natural history’, their hierarchies or responses to interventions or experimental manipulations – are...

Keith Oatley shows that fiction is not just entertainment

People spend a good deal of their free time on novels, plays, films and television dramas. What are they up to? Being entertained, perhaps. But is there more to it? Maja Djikic, Raymond Mar and I...

Dave Putwain looks at the relationship that can have a serious impact on the lives of young people

Happiness lessons in schools… removing GCSE oral language examinations because they are too stressful… are these political gimmicks from central government, or responses to a real issue regarding...

What factors drive a person to research a family tree, or an adoptee to search for their biological parents? Jurai Darongkamas and Louise Lorenc investigate

Why do people research their family tree? Why do adoptees search for their biological parents? Could there be similarities between these processes?

This article examines the psychological...

Christian Jarrett takes psychology into space, discovering how astronauts are selected and supported.

 

 

Sarah Lewis, Jonathan Passmore and Stefan Cantore on the use of the ‘appreciative inquiry’ approach

Models of organisational change tend to be outdated, and built on a concept of people as negative, scared and resistant to change. How can the emerging scientific base of positive psychology...

Tommy MacKay, winner of the Society’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology, on applied psychology and the human welfare agenda

The subject matter of psychology suggests that psychologists should be central to the human welfare agenda. But do we too often settle for too little? This article argues that it is possible and...

Andy Parrott looks at the paradox of psychosocial drug taking self-medication that can make you feel worse

Psychosocial and recreational drugs are generally taken in order to feel better, yet their regular use often leads to increased distress. For instance, MDMA (Ecstasy) is a very powerful euphoriant...

Helen Demetriou and Elaine Wilson call for a synthesis of affect and cognition in teaching

Ross Day, Australian octogenarian perception expert, in conversation with Lance Workman

Paul Wilson and Colin Cooper investigate methods used to extract the number of factors in a factor analysis

Factor analysis is the most widely used (and abused) family of data- structuring techniques to be found in psychological research. One of the most important considerations when performing factor...

André Didierjean and Fernand Gobet with the latest in our series on the relationship between psychology and the world of fiction

Katie Slocombe on the research that won her the Society’s Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology

Are chimpanzees capable of communicating about objects and events in the external world??And if they are, what does this tell us about the evolution of human language?

This article gives an...

What impact does diet have on behaviour and intelligence?
David Benton separates fact from myth

Large numbers of children receive food supplements with the implication that this will speed their long-term intellectual development, give them a short-term academic boost or cure aggressive or...

Jim White on a radical approach to mental health, which looks beyond individual therapy to offer something more creative and relevant

One of the more disappointing aspects of the government’s current Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) drive (apart from the way psychologists have been relegated to the sidelines)...

Seh Hyun Rho’s winning piece in the Higher Education Academy Psychology Network’s essay competition, plus a selection from the other entries

Alan G. Walker argues for an international online community for psychologists to ease collaboration and bridge the science–practitioner divide

In a recent journal article I discussed how practising psychologists and academics alike might increase or otherwise improve the practical mileage they receive from academic journals (Walker, 2008...

Lee A. Wilkinson looks at adults with Asperger’s syndrome

Despite plenty of research and clinical studies related to children and adolescents with Asperger’s syndrome, psychologists have only recently begun to appreciate the complex challenges faced by...

Aiden P. Gregg on the implicit association test

Over the last 10 years, the implicit association test (IAT) has held considerable appeal to applied researchers as an indirect index of what people are thinking and feeling. It dependably yields...

Charlie Frowd, Vicki Bruce and Peter J.B. Hancock describe the latest techniques to construct the face of a criminal

Imagine you are a witness to a crime: you saw a young man running from a bank; it all happened very quickly, but you were able to have a good look at his face as he removed his balaclava. Would...

John P.A. Ioannidis on why we should be cautious, and how a Bayesian perspective and examination of all the evidence may help us approach the truth

Dave Collins, Performance Director at UK Athletics, on how he will be putting his background in psychology to use in pursuit of medals this month

Thomas L. Webb and Ellen Poliakoff argue that it’s time to take a psychological approach to understanding and promoting participation in public engagement activities