...looks back

Dr Ingeborg Lasser on the life and influence of Albert W. Wolters.

Albert William Wolters (1883-1961) described himself as an adamant reader as well as a communicative and compassionate teacher, who deeply enjoyed debate. As Professor of Psychology, one of...

Richard Brown looks to lessons from the history of open science in order to move beyond ideals and technology.
Ron Roberts and Theodor Itten.

Francis Huxley was the most intellectually adventurous person that I’ve ever met.
David Napier 

Francis Huxley, born in 1923, was the son of Julian and the nephew of Aldous Huxley....

Robbie Duschinsky with part of an untold story.

John Bowlby, the founder of attachment theory, was a prolific letter writer, corresponding regularly with leading figures across disciplines including psychiatry, developmental psychology,...

Asude Ucal revisits the Darüsiffas.
Barbara A. Wilson on Oliver Zangwill.
The Executive Board of the British Rorschach Society – Kari Carstairs, Justine McCarthy Woods, Marc Desautels and Kevin Lambe – trace the history of the often controversial test in this country, and provide an outline of its use today.
Jennifer O’Mahoney on narrative psychology and historical institutional abuse.

Narrative psychology allows us to look back at historical abuses by focusing on the important role of personal stories for social change, grounding research in people’s experiences and how...

Rabbi David Ariel Sher on implications for psychologists.
Matthew Adams revisits Pavlov’s labs from a dog’s perspective.

We have all heard of Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), the legendary Russian physiologist turned psychologist. He’s famous for the discovery of learning through association that...

Jack Chalkley revisits what Monte Shapiro offers clinicians who doubt whether their assessments capture what is personal and vital in their patients’ distress.
We gather links from the archives of The Psychologist and Research Digest, and elsewhere.
Jonathon Rutherford on the atrocity of mental health care in the early 19th century.
We collect links to Claudia Hammond's radio series, and our related coverage.
Sarah Chaney on gender, self-harm and attention-seeking behaviour.
Kellye McBride on how Foucault’s ideas around confinement and civilisation can help to change views of mental illness.
In this 'long read' chapter from her new book 'Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation', Katherine Hubbard considers the contributions of Evelyn Hooker and June Hopkins.
We extract from 'A Father: Puzzle', a memoir by Sibylle Lacan, the second daughter of noted French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
Rabbi David Ariel Sher on the life of Professor Reuven Feuerstein.
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...