...features

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...

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...

Dorothy Fielding (Vice Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology) interviews Til Wykes about the Mental Health Research Network.

Slovenia joins the European Union this month, and its psychologists are keen to develop their subject and structures in line with the rest of Europe. Here, Velko S. Rus and Vid Pec<caron>jak outline the history and current state of Slovenian psychology.

Slovenia was the first region
to break away from the former Yugoslavia, publicly declaring its independence in 1991. After 10 days of aggression by the Yugoslav army on Slovenia, its...

Brinder Bains and Priti Shah on a new role for psychologists.

Imagine the scene. It’s 10am; an overworked GP has already seen 15 patients walk through his door. His next patient is John, who sits down and begins to describe feeling low in mood, tearful and...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.