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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...

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...

Kausar Suhail with the latest in our international series.

Since its birth in 1947 the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has seen considerable political turmoil and unrest. A rich traditional life has been handed down through generations; the near century of...

Darren Ellis and John Cromby on the health implications of emotional expression.

HOW many times have you been asked ‘How are you?’ and, regardless of how you were actually feeling, replied with a simple ‘Fine’? Or asked someone ‘Are you OK?’, and nodded whilst asking in order...

Michael A. West (Chair of the Society’s Journals Committee) provides guidance and encouragement in
a vital activity.

FROM time to time many of you are asked by editors of BPS journals to review an article. With apologies to Robert Pirsig (author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) we now embark on a...

Mark Burton on the contribution of Ignacio Martín-Baró and his followers.

A UNIVERSITY campus, 16 November 1989. Eight people lie dead – six academic staff, their housekeeper and her daughter, all victims of an elite battalion of the El Salvador army, trained and funded...

Avril Rea looks at the growing challenge of working with interpreters.

With increased global migration the psychology profession has begun to provide services to a very diverse population. The 1991 Great Britain census revealed 81 nationalities, and Emerson and...

Jules Davidoff delivered the C.S. Myers Lecture at the 2004 Annual Conference.

CHARLES Myers became one of the founding fathers of British psychology (see Costall, 1998) as a result of going on an expedition to the Torres Straits (off New Guinea) organised from Cambridge...

Esther Burkitt on whether those pictures stuck to the fridge are really a window to a child’s mind.

IMAGINE a child runs up to you full of excitement, thrusting a drawing into your hands. You see two giant figures, coloured in murky shades of browns and greys, apparently fighting. Would you...

Andrew Silke looks at the responses, obstacles and ways forward.

How much do psychologists really know about terrorism? It has been around for a long time, but it was not until the end of the 1960s that terrorism began to attract any degree of meaningful...

Mark Bennett delivered the Michael Argyle Lecture at the Society’s 2004 Annual Conference.

The structures and processes underlying the self and human identity are as fundamental to psychological inquiry as it is possible to imagine. These topics have occupied social psychology’s centre...

Jonathan St B.T. Evans takes a satirical look back from the future.

I am honoured to accept the presidency of the British Psychological Society. For today’s lecture I have chosen to review the state of academic psychology in the UK, and especially to record my...

Cedric E. Ginestet and Elisabeth Spitz with the latest in our international series.

GEOGRAPHICALLY and ethnically, France is at the crossroads of Europe. The existence of natural boundaries accelerated the formation of the French nation, which rapidly became the most populous in...

Dorothy Bishop.

I must have been around four years old when I was first made aware that I was different. I was cheerfully colouring in a picture, when someone remarked, ‘Oh, she’s left-handed.’ In general, my...

Tony Ward and Frederick Hickling with the latest in our international series.

Sun-drenched beaches fringed by palm trees and turquoise waters, an abundance of rum, a laid-back atmosphere… as the largest of the English-speaking Caribbean islands, Jamaica shapes the view many...

Presidents’ Award winner Margaret J. Snowling looks at risk and protective factors.

A CHILD’s first words are a momentous occasion, but for many parents late talking goes unnoticed. If the child is the firstborn of the family, no comparisons can be made, and relatives may...

Martyn Barrett (University of Surrey) interviews Paul A. Singh Ghuman, who retires this month from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Paul Ghuman moves with ease between the worlds of education and psychology. Until the end of August he holds the post of Professor of Education at Aberystwyth, he is a Fellow of the BPS, a Fellow...

Lih-Mei Liao and Mary Boyle guest edit this special issue. Iain Morland exposes the psychoanalytic roots of modern surgical management of intersexuality; Celia Kitzinger discusses the implications of intersexuality for the psychology of women; Melissa Hines writes on the role of hormones in brain development and behaviour; and Lih-Mei Liao and Mary Boyle ask what we can learn from intersex people themselves.

In the undergraduate category, Alexa Ispas looks at repairing historical rifts - is collective guilt the answer? Then in the postgraduate category, Susan Rasmussen looks at the imperfection of perfectionism.

John Marzillier argues against ‘outcome research’.

Evidence-based psychotherapy seems a reasonable aspiration. There are many weird and wonderful treatments in the field; surely it makes sense to know whether or not they work? This was the...

Gerard Bailes looks for the reality behind the TV depictions.

Protected only by his designer suit, the police psychologist strolls calmly past the firearms unit, who are crouched behind a brick wall and sweating in heavy body armour. Sharing a joke with them...

By Graham C.L. Davey

Research can be great fun when it involves leaving a heavily used handkerchief on a chair (made all the more interesting with a dollop of wallpaper paste), placing some dog faeces on a table (...

Do we believe in magic? And if we do, then why? Eugene Subbotsky investigates.

IS there any connection between the thought process of an adult refusing to walk under a ladder and a child scared by a toy lion that has ‘come to life’? How can magical thinking protect us, or...

Mark Van Vugt on how leaders can encourage loyalty and sacrifice.

Leaders of all types – of nations, ethnic and religious communities, businesses and teams – often call upon individuals to make sacrifices for the group, especially during wars, recessions,...