politics

One of the most packed symposiums at the conference, organised by the new Political Psychology Section of the BPS, was on the topic of Brexit. Dr Kesi Mahendran (Open University), who has worked in government and studied the public’s relationship with the EU for over a decade...

In the introduction to his bestselling 1957 book The Hidden Persuaders, American journalist Vance Packard wrote about the ‘probers’, using their psychoanalytically driven ‘depth approach...

Wednesday afternoon’s talks were united by a political theme, with speakers exploring research questions about policy, identity and news (both the real and fake varieties).

First up was Younis Tarek from University College London, whose research looked at the impact of...

The past week has seen blanket media coverage of the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally breaking his silence yesterday to acknowledge that the policies that...

Ashley Weinberg is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford. He also edited a ground-breaking and very readable book on the psychology of politics in 2012 while also writing widely on the effects of stress, particularly in public sector organisations and...

The lines from Gilbert and Sullivan – ‘That every boy and every gal/That’s born into the world alive/Is either a little Liberal/Or else a little Conservative!’ – highlight a fundamental issue for psychologists in exploring psychological processes underpinning our political...

I was intrigued by the ending to Charles Mercer’s ‘Politics and psychology’ letter (July 2017). Yes, politics and psychology are different, but so are sport and psychology and it is...

Just how immersed are the hearts of our political leaders in the quest to transform the mental state of the nation after 8 June 2017? After all, this opportunity to influence the nation’s mental health and wellbeing is arguably unprecedented on at least two counts. First, in...

Announcing the UK General Election, Prime Minister Theresa May accused her opponents of ‘political gameplaying’ and said that she was ‘reluctantly’ calling the vote in an attempt to ‘guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead’. For some, this didn’t sound like the...

Ashley Weinberg (University of Salford) had a tough job in his Student Conference keynote. In the age of austerity, a time when it seems that the UK government does not care about the wellbeing of its citizens, and at a conference where many speakers presented a picture of...