Edition 10

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'.

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...