...looks back

Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater on what the forgotten story of Laura Bridgman tells us about the astonishing flexibility of human communication.
Bernard Scott (pictured, then and now) with a look back.
Jonathan Gottschall on the Heider-Simmel experiment as an illustration of the story paradox.

The human world is made of stories, not people. The people the stories use to tell themselves are not to be blamed. - David Mitchell, Ghostwritten

Paul Williams on the life and work of Jack Tizard, a pioneer of community services for people with learning disabilities.
Keith Oatley wonders whether Marcel Proust might stand alongside William James as a psychologist, and how fiction may be important for us.

Marcel Proust considered that À la Recherche du Temps Perdu was psychology extended over time. He started this seven-book novel in 1909 and was absorbed in writing it until he died in...

Callum E. Cooper interviews Andreas Sommer (pictured) on the importance of historical awareness for psychology.
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.