...looks back

Mical Raz examines the reasons why the procedure was once so popular, with patients and physicians alike

From the year of Broadmoor’s sesquicentenary Tony Black presents a professional memoir, looking back to its centenary in 1963

Sarah Chaney looks at how late 19th-century psychiatry interpreted and explained self-mutilation

Kieran McNally looks at psychology, schizophrenia, and the making of a modern concept

the history of educational psychology in Britain: Jane Leadbetter and Christopher Arnold review a century since Cyril Burt was appointed

55 years since the famous amnesic’s case was first described, John P. Aggleton questions its value when debating the neuroanatomical basis of memory

Graham M. Davies and Gisli H. Gudjonsson run through a brief history

David Cohen delves into some intriguing and bizarre connections.

Elizabeth Valentine on psychologists and psychical research between the wars

Larry Stern on an ‘extraordinary and subversive’ journal

Anne Stiles discovers a fascinating commentary on mind and body in illness in the work of Frances Hodgson Burnett

David Pilgrim offers an alternative to radical constructionism and naive realism

Current Managing Editor Jon Sutton marks the anniversary with the help of his predecessors

Michael S. Gordon on how philosophers and early psychologists conceptualised our sensory abilities

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