Meet our editor, and our editor meets

Marking 15 years in post, a collection of interviews conducted by Jon Sutton, plus the odd feature.

Today, 20 March 2015, marks 15 years in post for our editor Dr Jon Sutton. He would say he doesn't like to make a fuss, he would rather be an invisible cog in the machine, but the fact that he is currently typing about himself in the third person suggests otherwise. He will now switch to quotes (as if that makes a difference).

"I walked into the BPS offices in Leicester as a 25-year-old, barely out of my PhD and with zero experience in editing or management. The assistant editor, Peter Dillon-Hooper, and production guy Mike Thompson, were there that day and have provided committed, loyal and good-humoured support ever since.

"Those early years are a bit of a blur… we got the magazine out every month but the pace of change was much slower than I would have liked. I have to admit I cringe when I look back on some of our output! But The Psychologist was evolving, and there were also some significant shifts such as launching the Research Digest, which has gone on to be so successful.

"In the last few years I have finally felt like we are getting there, but we have so much further to go. The months fly by and we are providing more content, to more people, in more places, in more ways, than we ever have. To keep that up, we really do need to hear from you with feedback, suggestions, people or topics you would like to see featured. 

"I hope you will forgive me the indulgence of marking this minor milestone. Really, it's an excuse to thank some people who have been instrumental in any good we have done: in particular, Dr Graham Powell, Dr Paul Redford, Professor David Lavallee and Dr Catherine Loveday as inspirational and supportive chairs of our editorial advisory committee; and the wonderfully talented Dr Christian Jarrett as our Research Digest editor and journalist for several years.

"But of course it's also about the Society membership, without whom I would have no hope of filling the pages each month! So I have collected together some of the interviews I have conducted over the years, and the features I have written through talking to so many brilliant people. I hope you enjoy them."

Jon Sutton in 2000: so long ago we only had black and white.

 

Our editor meets… 

Jim Horne - a cornucopia of sleep research 

Julian Boon - forensic psychologist 

John Wearden - 'time is all you've got'

Andrea Burri - in the heat of the moment

Alison Gopnik - the supreme infant

Emma Donaldson-Feilder - managing to make a difference 

Trevor Robbins - at the interface

James Blair - Chief of the Unit of Affective Cognitive Neuroscience 

Lucy Yardley - the life guide

Susan Greenfield

Tanya Byron - a tearaway success

Dorothy Miell - new Society President

Christina Salmivalli - KiVA - against bullying

Henrik Ehrsson - body illusions

Nicola Yuill - children and technology

Ian Walker - vulnerable road users

Jo Green - expectant mothers

Sean Haldane - neuropsychologist and poet

Allan Hobson - sleep and dreaming

Patrick Devine-Wright - sustainable energy

Tim Radford - science editor of The Guardian

Andreas Roepstorff - an interactive mind

Marinus van IJzendoorn - children and attachment

Gisli Gudjonsson - a thirst for the truth

Craig Knight - taking control of your space

Bruce Hood - 'we are not in control'

Nancy Doyle - the genius within

Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin - the longevity project

Jo Silvester - what makes a good politician

Cordelia Fine - battle of the sex differences

Francesca Happe - a creative, interpersonal scientist 

 

Update: Some more interviews, published after March 2015

Sophie von Stumm - curiosity and the Hungry Mind Lab

Asifa Majid - the content of minds

Fleur-Michelle Coiffait - 'the families are at the centre of all this'

Douglas Vakoch - what would you say to an alien?

Jonathan Haidt - 'We have to bust up the orthodoxy'

James Pennebaker - 'real things are just endlessly fascinating'

 

… plus some features

Growing up with psychologists - with Aidan Horner

Words and sorcery: the causes and consequences of bad writing (with Simon Oxenham)

For those psychologists about to rock… we salute you

When psychologists become builders (where psychology and LEGO intersect)

Towards healthier meetings (with Abi Millar)

Bullies – thugs or thinkers? (outlining the research which won the Society's Doctoral Award)

 

… and some 'curios'

When psychology came to my rescue (for the Research Digest)

Seven deadly sins: My sloth (for Research Digest sin week)

The wilderness of the mind

Where the Wild Things Are (a small contribution to an 'Eye on Fiction' on his favourite children's book)

Looking back: 25 years of The Psychologist (there HAVE been other editors, and Jon enlists their help here)

Jon's draft Advance Decision

In conversation with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and author Fiona Neill at Latitude Festival 2015

In conversation with Professor Elizabeth Stokoe at Latitude Festival 2016

Three days of reports from the APA conference, put online at the end of each day… track Jon as he loses his mind…

Increasingly thinking he's Adam Curtis or something

 

… we end with a couple of Jon's favourite quotes, the first dedicated with thanks to all those whose work he has butchered over the years!

"An editor may be butcher, but they are also a midwife, a parent, a nanny, a matron, a therapist, a conspirator and a friend. But don't forget that, in the end, only a butcher can turn a live, stamping, snorting, animal into something you can stomach." - Nell Frizzell

"In terms of your careers, do not stay in the same place for too long – you will get taken for granted after about five years, or, worse still, get too comfortable. Moving helps you learn." - Professor Clive Fletcher

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