By the time you read this, those 'Olympic countdowns' will have ticked round to less than one month to go, with the Paralympics following hot on their heels. With the Games on our shores we are told this is a 'once in a lifetime' event (although see p.489!), so I trust you will forgive the indulgence of an Olympic flavour spreading throughout the issue, supporting lots of material at www.bps.org.uk/going-for-gold.
Leading the field, our journalist Dr Christian Jarrett takes a look at the psychology of competition. How does it have its effects on performance? Can our discipline shed light on some of the great Olympic rivalries? How will the Games affect us?
The chasing pack on p.508 show that the Olympics reaches the parts of the discipline other sporting events cannot, as a broad range of psychologists explain 'what the Olympics means to me'. Also in contention are Olympic-related pieces in 'Big picture', 'Looking back' and 'One on one'.
This month also sees another landmark event: the first column from incoming Society President Dr Peter Banister. See p.534 for more.
Dr Jon Sutton
Faster, higher, stronger!
On the eve of the Olympics and Paralympics, Christian Jarrett dives into the psychology of competition
What does the Olympics mean to you?
We asked the question; psychologists answered
Neuroscience for the soul
Craig Aaen-Stockdale searches for the truth in attempts to explain religious experience and behaviour
Interview: The memory warrior
Lance Workman meets Elizabeth Loftus
Voluntary work experience; replication; marathon running and risk; asylums; speaking out at seminars; healthcare informatics; dyslexia; and more
News and digest
Towards personal connectomics; parenting classes; body image; social identity and health; nuggets from the Society's free Research Digest service; and more
The benefits of Twitter, blogging and podcasting, with Lucy Maddox; plus a review of The Digital Human radio series, and links to more prime online cut
The learning powered school; effect sizes; anxiety and worry; developing destinies; and more
The first column from incoming Society President Peter Banister; Northern Ireland Branch conference; consultation responses; and more
Careers and psychologist appointments
We meet Nancy Doyle and Maria Kordowicz to hear about setting up and running their own businesses; featured job; how to advertise; latest vacancies
Psychologist suicide: practising what we preach: Patrick Larsson with the latest in our series for budding writers
What contribution have sport psychology and the Olympics made to mainstream psychology? Tadhg MacIntyre explains
One on one
...with Dan Gould