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The Psychologist Vol 23 No 8 August 2010

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The Psychologist Vol 23 No 8 August 2010

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Editorial

'I've...seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.  All those...moments...will be lost in time, like...tears...in rain. Time to die.'

Impressively 'human' last words, from android Roy Batty in 1982's Bladerunner. Science fiction, but considered by many then - and indeed much earlier, in Alan Turing's 1950s - as the future of computing. Yet in 2010 we are still waiting for truly effective computer models that can even translate between languages sensibly, or identify faces accurately. Thankfully, the failure of artificial intelligence models to match human performance provides us, as psychologists, with insight into the way in which the mind is actually solving these tasks (see p.642).
Also, don't miss Ron Roberts 'Looking back' on the enduring relevance of Thomas Szasz (p.694).

Dr Jon Sutton (Managing Editor)

Contents

Computers and the mind
Padraic Monaghan, James Keidel, Mike Burton and Gert Westermann investigate what psychologists have learnt by using computational models

Plus...

Can't take my eyes off of you   
Matt Field, winner of the Society's Spearman Medal, on attentional bias in addiction and anxiety disorders

Identity threat among British Muslim gay men   
Rusi Jaspal on the challenges faced by those viewing sexual identities through a religious lens
 
Feeling the blues   
Gareth Morris looks at place attachment and identity in a musical genre 

Let's play happy families   
Solicitor Richard Gregorian argues for an interdisciplinary approach to help those in the family justice system

Forum
Diversity in clinical training; unnatural beliefs; psychopathy; and much more

News, digest and analysis   
Financial crisis; birthday honours; educational neuroscience; Rhona Flin on Deepwater Horizon; nuggets from the Society's Research Digest; and more

Book reviews 
    
Emotion regulation; great myths in psychology; oppositional defiant disorder; discovering research methods; and the mindfulness solution

Society   
Underperformance, glib excess and psychopathy in the President's column; new journals partnership and online news service; forensic news; and more

Careers
helping the helpers, with Lisa Lim Ah Ken; animal behaviour counselling, with Anne McBride; the latest jobs, and how to advertise

Looking back   
The continuing relevance of Thomas Szasz, with Ron Roberts

One on one     
...with Gill Aitken