Edition 10

Risk assessment, psychology and climate change; and more

Risk assessment, anyone?

Treating Violence: A Guide to Risk Management in Mental Health
Anthony Maden
Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2007; Pb £24.95 (ISBN 978 0 19 852690 2)...

What students can expect from their course; and teaching psychology

Oscar Wilde wrote – ‘The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.’ I beg to differ – a lot of the guidance I can now offer to new students would have been...

Matt Jarvis considers professional development for the psychology teacher

Although psychology at post-16 level has been around since the early 1970s, it has largely existed in isolation from mainstream academic and applied psychology, and the course of its development...

Jenny Toal on the challenges faced by teachers of psychology

As an A-level psychology teacher of many years’ standing, it’s good to get this opportunity to address an audience of higher-education academics and practitioners. Allow me to get my red pen out...

Simon Green asks whether the boom in pre-degree psychology is leading to bust in terms of how students are required to perform

From small beginnings in the 1970s, A-level psychology developed gradually during the 1980s and 90s, and then took off dramatically with Curriculum 2000, which split A-levels into an AS year and...

Martin Conway and Peter Banister in conversation

In the mid-1990s psychology became the most popular science subject for prospective undergraduates. The discipline has maintained that pre-eminence for over a decade and continues to expand while...

Annie Trapp introduces the special issue on pre-degree psychology

Why do you want to study psychology? This is a question that most readers will have been asked to consider at some point in time. I suspect that the answers given were not dissimilar to those of...

Lance Workman talks to John Bradshaw about evolutionary psychology and pathways to neuropsychiatric disorder

LW: How did you come be a neuropsychologist – was it something you set out to become or did it evolve?
JB: I think it just actually happened, a sort of interesting history of coincidences....

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's Spearman Medal Lecture

It has been known for many decades that the brain undergoes critical periods of development during the early years. However, only recently has it been discovered that brain development does not...

Psychology and national security; superstition and belief; qualitative research; book reviews; and more

Psychology, ethics and national security
Burton and Kagan (‘Psychologists and torture: More than a question of interrogation’, August 2007) raise some important issues with respect to the...