Edition 10

Pam Maras welcomes new students

Welcome and well done to all new undergraduates starting psychology degrees this autumn! Copies of this issue are being sent to psychology departments for free distribution to new students, so I...

Zander Wedderburn, Society President 2003-2004, with his Presidential Address: 'shiftworkers - a minority who can be helped'.

Is depression overdiagnosed?

Is Depression Overdiagnosed?

A leading psychiatrist told the BBC in August, that too many people are diagnosed with depression when in fact they are just unhappy. Up and down the country...

Police and Criminal Evidence Act consultation; membership ballot results; Charter and Statute changes; and more

PACE – Identifying a problem

The Home Office has published a summary of responses to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Review consultation exercise, including the British...

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...