Book award winners

Inventing Ourselves and The New Psychology of Health honoured.

This year’s BPS Book Award winners, chosen by the society’s Research Board, have been announced. This year’s winning books include an exploration of the teenage brain and a textbook on new psychological perspectives on health.

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain, by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (University of Cambridge), won in this year’s Popular Science category. Blakemore outlines her own research into the adolescent brain and what we can learn from this about behaviour, the ways we relate to one another and our environment in adolescence.

This year’s textbook winner was The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the Social Cure by Professor Alexander Haslam, Professor Catherine Haslam, Professor Jolanda Jetten (all at University of Queensland), Dr Tegan Cruwys (Australian National University) and Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle (University of Queensland). It explores the role of social identity in both understanding and managing health problems.

For a review of Inventing Ourselves see: and to read a transcript of our 2015 Latitude Festival session with Blakemore see:

To read our special issue based on The New Psychology of Health see:

The 2021 awards will open for nominations on 1 April.

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