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The daily reality of any workplace is a political experience and one that impacts on our psychological wellbeing in many ways, so I’ll be encouraging attendees to consider both sides of this coin. I’m taking the political...

You’ve worked on conflict programmes in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and elsewhere – could you tell us a bit about your work on peacebuilding? 

During the 1980s I was living in a place called ‘The Killing Fields’ – a rural area so called because it...

Covid, Brexit, the rise of populist authoritarian regimes, low trust in governments and changing ideas about political leadership have all brought the psychology of politicians and voters to the forefront of our collective minds. The BPS Political Psychology Section symposium...

A tweet we posted from @psychmag has prompted an interesting discussion on what psychology and The Psychologist is or should be. You can view the exchanges, which took place during the week beginning 25 January, via our profile, but we thought we’d share some of it here.

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With three general elections in five years, these are busy times in politics. Policy-making processes can seem impersonal and distant from outside the Westminster bubble, yet people remain at the heart of government. Policies fail, and governments don’t get re-elected, if...

The recent incidents of ‘milkshaking’ have generated some debate about its place within protest and activism; but does this behaviour constitute ‘non-violent’ direct action or does it begin to normalise such behaviours whereby the ends justify the means?

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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...