...features

In the latest of our interviews explaining the Society’s directorate structure, we meet Professor Dominic Abrams (Chair of the Research Board), followed by Ray Miller (Chair of the Professional Practice Board).

Hugh Foot and Alison Sanford on the practical and ethical issues involved in using students in research.

STUDENTS play a crucial role in research: some authors have even called them human ‘fruit flies’ (e.g. Keith-Spiegel & Koocher, 1985; Rubenstein, 1982). They are available in abundance,...

Helga Dittmar on consumer society and its effects on our sense of identity.

Imagine I gave you a list of attributes that describe a person – friendly, unique, assertive, self-reliant – and then asked you to judge whether having each of these qualities is either intrinsic...

Including articles by Sally Olohan (student mental health), Patrick Leman (subject choice and degree performance), Christine Howe (small group teaching) and Charles Crook (technology in teaching).

Irvine S. Gersch, winner of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology 2002, on how to ensure that educational psychologists meet the needs of the country.

My work over the past three decades has left me in no doubt that educational psychologists have a unique and useful contribution to make for children, families, schools, LEAs and communities....

Lindsay O’Dell, Guida de Abreu and Sarah O’Toole look at the role of culture in psychology.

World events since 11 September 2001 have brought the need for understanding of cultural difference to the fore. Psychologists have a major part to play addressing issues such as identity,...

John Archer argues that social constructionist research favours politically biased interpretations of discursive material, at the expense of a large body of empirical evidence.

The difference between boys and girls or men and women fascinates the public and the academic community alike, and there is a vast amount of theoretically driven and empirically based research on...

Andrea Kübler discusses the psychological implications of thought-controlled computers.

My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly. There is so much to do. You can wander off in space and time, set out for Tierra del Fuego or for King Midas’s...

Mary M. Robertson with an update and comment on psychobehavioural therapies.

Your starter for three: What links prominent 18th-century literary figure Dr Samuel Johnson and Manchester United’s new goalkeeper Tim Howard? Answer: Both have been afflicted with Tourette’s...

Mickey Keenan, winner of the Society’s Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity, writes about his work.

At Colin’s belated 18-months assessment the health visitor expressed a number of concerns about him. He did not respond to the hearing tests, and it was difficult to keep him in the room. The...

Pham Minh Hac and Do Long with the latest in our international series.

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country with an area of 362,000 square km: roughly the size of Germany. It has a population of about 80 million, comprising 54 ethnic groups. In its long history...

Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon on the importance of children’s eye gaze.

What was the name of your first headteacher? Stop and think for a while... did you just look to the heavens for the answer? During difficult cognitive activity, for example remembering information...

James Hartley argues that an all-too-common failure to report the sex of research participants can limit the usefulness of the findings.

I have always been intrigued as to why some authors of articles in psychology journals do not tell the reader about the numbers of male and female participants in their studies. It seems to me if...

Jay Joseph argues that all the research to date into the genetics of schizophrenia, intelligence and criminal behaviour is so flawed that the results are meaningless. Craig Newnes went to meet him.

Bärbel Knäuper and Norbert Schwarz explain how age-sensitive context effects may lead us astray.

Are older people more concerned about crime than young people? Do our political attitudes become more conservative with age? Do older generations feel differently about abortion than younger...

Steven Schwartz argues that psychology teaching should take heed of psychological research and offer more ‘problem-based learning’.

Studies of learning and cognition have dominated psychology for 150 years. The findings of this research have had important implications for education (Bransford et al., 2000). Yet, psychological...

Adrian J. Scott

Steve Newstead believes psychology can improve
the reliability and validity of student assessment.

A COLLEAGUE recently suggested to me over coffee, only half in jest, that we should completely abandon the assessment of students. He pointed out that we have a good idea of what sort of degree...

Adrian Furnham discusses how psychology can improve the experience for our overseas visitors.

Students have travelled from one country to another for centuries, particularly in Europe. They have often faced problems: an early study in America, published in 1925, listed difficulties for...

Articles by Pasco Fearon (resampling), David Clark-Carter (effect size), Jeremy Miles and Mark Shevlin (structural equation modelling), Andy Field (meta analysis), and Daniel Wright and Sian Williams (reporting results).

Statistics, like any branch of human knowledge, is open to debate and subject to change. However, many psychologists have been happy to stick to a set of techniques that they learned in their...

Spearman Medal winner Thalia Eley on combining old and new approaches to the development of anxiety and depression.

Anxiety and depression are now recognised as major areas of public health concern, associated not only with distress to sufferers but also with serious social consequences in areas of life such as...

Peter Spencer's Personal space

As a health psychologist, my contribution to medical history is, and is likely to remain, non-existent. However, one of my distant ancestors had the distinction of being examined by William Harvey...

Jack Rachman’s Hans Eysenck Memorial Lecture, at the 2003 Annual Conference in Bournemouth.

Mark Griffiths gives his practical recommendations based on psychological theory and research.

Although gambling is clearly of psychological interest and is a topic that The Psychologist has examined (see Orford, 2002), traditionally it has not been viewed as a public health matter (see...

Articles by Howard Gardner (Higher Education in the era of globalisation), Barry Jones (Alcohol consumption on the campus), Hazel Willis, Margaret Stroebe and Miles Hewstone (Homesick blues), and Rowan Bayne (Love, money and studying: You and your personality type at university).

Our members are a diverse bunch. The one area of common ground is that you have all got a psychology degree, or you are in the process of trying to get one. Maybe your contact with higher...