...looks back

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...

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.