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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...

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...

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...

Ian J. Deary, winner of the Society’s 2002 Book Award, ‘looks down’ on a controversial area in this article from October 2003. 

Broadcaster Nick Ross on what psychology did for him.

I EXPECTED psychology to teach me how to look into people’s eyes and gain access to their souls. So, to tell you the truth, I was surprised to have to learn about neural pathways and bewildered at...

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...

Ian H. Robertson gave the Myers Lecture at
the 2003 Annual Conference – Now pay attention.

At 17.24 on 8 August 1996 the London Euston to Milton Keynes train passed through a red signal near Watford Junction and ploughed into an empty goods train, killing my colleague Ruth Holland, an...

Michael J. Apter's Personal Space

Those of us who are researchers in psychology are privileged to be working on the most interesting phenomena imaginable. But I fancy that there are times when we do not really look at them. Or...

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, winner of the 2002 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology, investigated our ‘self-monitoring’ mechanism and what happens when it fails.

My fingers pick up the pen, but I don’t control them. What they do is nothing to do with me. (Mellors, 1970, p.13)
DELUSIONS of alien control are symptoms associated with schizophrenia in...

Janet Sayers on the potential of a meeting
of psychoanalysis, neuropsychology and religion.

Like many psychologists I do not believe in God. But I am intrigued by religious and mystical experience. I am also happy to credit the healing effects of the revelatory experience of feeling...

Usha Goswami gave this year’s Broadbent Lecture at the Annual Conference, suggesting that the rhyme and rhythm of different languages holds the key to dyslexia.

Why do some children learn to read well, while others of similar intellectual ability struggle to become proficient? And why is a Finnish child reading with 90 per cent accuracy by the 10th week...

Jim McCourt met Dr Louis D. Kramer and Jill Bellingham to discuss the work of the Society’s Professional Conduct Board.

FOLLOWING a distinguished career in dentistry, Dr Louis Kramer joined the Disciplinary Board (now renamed the Professional Conduct Board) as a lay member in 1993. He will finish
his second...

Patrick Davies and Zara Lipsey look at the disturbing rise
of pro-anorexia websites.

ALTHOUGH often a positive communication and information tool, the internet has its sinister side. Publicity involving internet chatrooms and paedophiles has highlighted some of the risks involved...

Vaughan Bell, Peter Halligan and Hadyn Ellis on the sometimes fine line between normality and abnormality.

Early in his third month of office, President Reagan was on his way to address a conference when John Hinckley fired six gun shots at point blank range, wounding the president and three of his...

At the Annual Conference in Bournemouth, Graham Davey gave his Presidential Address.

WHAT is clinical psychology research? Did you do a practical class in it during your undergraduate degree? The chances are that you didn’t. Is it a core content area of the curriculum? Usually not...

Adrian C. North and David J. Hargreaves on two common misconceptions.

PERHAPS, before starting to read this article, you thought ‘Is it worth my while, since it’s only about music?’ Like millions, you may like to listen to the car radio on the drive home from work,...

Miles Hewstone, winner of the 2001 Presidents’ Award, on a key social psychological strategy for reducing intergroup conflict.

It is nearly 50 years since Gordon Allport, in his classic volume The Nature of Prejudice, expounded on the ‘contact hypothesis’ for future generations of social psychologists and policy makers....

In the May issue John Donnelly spoke out in favour of the Rorschach test, but Robert Forde thinks psychologists could face legal action if they follow his advice.

JOHN Donnelly suggests that the Rorschach is ‘as valid as other personality tests’. He also ascribes the widespread criticisms of the Rorschach in the US to a ‘vocal minority’, giving the...

Stephen Joseph believes client-centred psychotherapy is a misunderstood approach with profound significance.

THE profession of psychology has traditionally had an uneasy relationship with the profession
of psychotherapy. However, times are changing and the British Psychological Society is now in...