'I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin', said Joan of Arc. Unfortunately most of us are rather less pious, and the Seven Deadly Sins colour our lives. The red mist descends, we turn green with envy, blue and lustful thoughts creep into our minds.
This month, we delve into the psychology of sin, with the latest theory and research. But we also give you seven evidence-based ways to avoid sin, and psychologists choose their new sins for the 21st century. All this leads up to a very special 'sin week' on the Society's Research Digest blog (www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog), due to start on 7 February. Do visit the blog over those seven days as we have a real treat lined up: each day a psychologist (including yours truly) will be giving their own personal and professional 'confession'. For a flavour, see John Sloboda's take on wrath, for how he directed his anger over the invasion of Iraq towards more productive ends.
Elsewhere there's our second 'big picture' centrespread - do get in touch if your work lends itself to a striking image.
Dr Jon Sutton
ContentsThe deadly sins
Christian Jarrett examines the relevance of the idea of sin to modern life
Career concepts in the 21st century
John Arnold reviews psychological and social definitions
From brain scan to lesson plan
Paul A. Howard-Jones on using neuroscience in teaching and learning
Asperger's syndrome - Difference or disorder?
Louise Elliman writes from a social model of disability perspective
Psychology across the generations
Sarah Marzillier in conversation with her father John Marzillier
History poster; mind wandering; W.H.R Rivers; sex differences; and more
News and digest
The government's 'Nudge Unit'; New Year Honours; tuition fees protests; London Lectures reports; selections from the Research Digest; and more
Psychologists' involvement in Strictly Come Dancing, with Lucy Maddox
Gifted lives; basics of psychotherapy; the psychology of sailing; and more
International activities in the President's column; free journals access; Professional Psychology Award; Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology conference report; and more
Twin paths from psychology; the influence of upbringing on career interests; and how to advertise
A voyage of discovery with survivors of breast cancer with Caroline Muttitt in the latest of our series for budding writers
Why studying our past is going global, with Alan Brock
One on one
...with Margaret McAllister