Edition 10

John Read wonders what happened to the ‘psycho’ and ‘social’ in explanations of mental illness.

Including reports from the British Association Festival of Science and the BPS Cognitive Section annual conference; mobiles and driving; psychological support in Iraq; Sir Michael Tippett; babies and music; and the dyslexia myth.

Graham Powell on Hans Eysenck.

In this issue is Ian Deary’s Eysenck Lecture on cognitive epidemiology (p.616), derived from his talk at the Annual Conference in Manchester earlier this year. It reminded me of my last meeting...

Peter Bull on oratory and the mistiming of applause.

Rhetorical techniques used by politicians to invite audience applause were the focus of intensive research by Max Atkinson (e.g., Atkinson, 1984). Just as conversationalists take it in turn to...

In a special web-only article inspired by the centenary celebrations, Eugene Sadler-Smith discusses how the composer was influenced by psychology.
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The late Sir Michael Tippett is widely acknowledged as being foremost amongst English composers of the mid- to late 20th century. He was born on 4 January 1905 and died on 8 January 1998, a few...

Sergio Della Sala on the bizarre ‘Dr Strangelove syndrome’ and what it tells us about free will.