...looks back

How did child psychologists contribute to the Cold War discourse of ‘National Security’? Carolyn Laubender discusses the relationship between attachment theory and political anxieties about the protections offered by the nation state.
David Lewis-Hodgson on how both sides in World War I sought to explain and ‘treat’ its trauma.
Roberta Reb Allen with a family tale involving the infamous neurologist Walter Freeman.
Graham M. Davies and Alan Costall on a forgotten precursor of today’s applied psychology.

Ian Katz, then editor of the BBC’s Newsnight, was chastened by his failure to predict either the outcome of the 2017 British General Election or the emergence of Donald Trump as the...

Elizabeth Valentine on Lucy G. Fildes.
Joe MacDonagh on the Hawthorne Studies – the origins of modern organisational research.

According to Roethlisberger & Dickson (1939), ‘Management should commit itself to the continuous process of studying human situations – both individual and group – and should run its human...

Chris Timms considers American Psychologist Clark Hull, and his ‘fractional antedating goal response’.
David Bramwell on the strange world of Wilhelm Reich.
Yoga meets psychedelics in the 1960s, with Lucas Richert and Matthew Decloedt.
What, if anything, has psychology learned from the study of famous brains? G. Neil Martin investigates…

Psychology has its own famous brains – Leborgne, Kim Peek, Henry Molaison, Phineas Gage, EVR, NA, Shereshevsky, HJA. Extensively studied before and after death, they have sometimes provided a...

Cade Anderson-Smith looks back on the DSM, Homosexuality and the 1972 American Psychiatric Association Convention.
Andrew Wickens (University of Central Lancashire) marks a centenary for Brenda Milner.

On 15 July Brenda Milner reaches a remarkable milestone in anyone’s life: her hundredth birthday. Even more extraordinary for a woman who is still teaching and undertaking research. She is the...

Riya Yadav with a critical take on one of the psychoanalyst’s most controversial theories.
Clare Makepeace on the use of Civil Resettlement Units and their possible lessons for today.
Philip Kirby on the significance of evolving views of the condition, and efforts to preserve records of them.
Chris Timms considers historical diagnosis and the case of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery.

Does a look back at the personal qualities and behaviour of one of Britain’s foremost military leaders tell us anything other than that he was human?

Lucas Richert on the Esalen Institute, pioneer of the human potential movement.
Jan Noyes on Conwy Lloyd Morgan, the first psychologist to become a Fellow of the Royal Society.

When Conwy Lloyd Morgan was born in London on 6 February 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital was about to admit its first patient and the Earl of Derby was about to form a minority Conservative...

Lucas Richert on transactional analysis in the 1960s.

Mental health knowledge and practice was highly contested in the 1960s and 70s. Struggles over homosexuality and radicalism, drug use and replicable drug trials, were part of a unique...

Adam Jowett on Jewish Labour MP Leo Abse.
Ali Teymoori and Rose Trappes consider Immanuel Kant’s influence on psychology.

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) has played an undeniably crucial role in the development of psychology as a discipline, much of which has escaped the attention of modern...

Helen E. Ross (Honorary Professor, University of Stirling) recalls an ‘out of this world’ research experience.
Natalie Bigbie and Nils Muhlert on the life and work of Tom Hatherley Pear.
Andrew P. Wickens (a winner of the British Psychological Society’s Book Award) considers their historical significance.

The history of neuroscience is rarely taught in universities, and few books trace developments from the ancient past to the present. Here, I present five of my favourite illustrations from my...

Huw Green with a historical take on agency in madness.