Edition 10

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...

Co-sleeping; youth drinking and smoking; MindFit; baby DVDs; food additives; and more

Literacy Sponsorship Deal in South Africa
The English phonics programme THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading And Spelling Skills), pioneered by educational psychologist Alan Davies (see...

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'.