Ciarán O’Keeffe marks the 20th anniversary of a notorious BBC Halloween special with a look at its legacy and links with psychology
Jennifer Wallis investigates the history of ‘general paralysis of the insane’ in the Victorian asylum.
Alison Torn on the colourful case of Mary Barnes
C. James Goodwin recounts the 1920 visit of an American psychologist to Great Britain
Tadhg MacIntyre on the contribution of sport and exercise psychology and the Olympics to mainstream psychology
What was life like within Leicestershire’s first lunatic asylum? Diane Lockley turns to the historical records.
Richard S. Hallam and Michael P. Bender recount a tragic tale
Chris Goodey on how the archaic concepts of ‘honour’ and ‘grace’ may be the very foundations of psychological inquiry
Trevor Butt finds an interesting recurring theme in the later work of the famous personality theorist
Oliver Robinson on the history of the idiographic/nomothetic debate
Jörgen L. Pind examines Edgar Rubin’s dissertation on the figure–ground distinction, one of the great classics of perceptual psychology
Sandy Lovie and Pat Lovie on the life and influence of Charles Edward Spearman
Robert S. Gable on how he and his brother invented electronic monitoring, but with an early emphasis on positive reinforcement
Alison Torn investigates the strange case of Margery Kempe
Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, in conversation with Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam
Jerry M. Burger updates the enduring legacy of the Milgram Obedience Studies
Stanley Milgram’s widow, Alexandra Milgram, with her personal take on his life
Stephen D. Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam introduce a special feature which reconnects with Milgram’s vision for social psychology
Stanley Milgram had an epic vision for social psychology: to create strong experimental contexts that would demonstrate the power of the social world to shape individual behaviour. Consistent with...
Jim Horne with what must surely be the goriest article in the history of The Psychologist
Tamsin Williams looks at Benoît Mandelbrot and the creation of fractal geometry
Ronald Melzack, an author of the hugely influential gate control theory of pain, on an important paradigm shift over the last half-century.
Hall P. Beck, with Gary Irons, reports on a seven-year search for psychology’s lost boy
Roderick D. Buchanan on ‘probably the most divisive figure British psychology has ever produced’.
Anna Greenwood on a relatively short-lived colonial affliction