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The Psychologist Vol 26 No 5 May 2013

The Psychologist Vol 26 No 5 May 2013

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'Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world,' the author Mark Twain famously said. 'I know because I've done it thousands of times.'

This is no longer the generation of the Marlboro man; there can be few people left in any doubt that smoking is a Bad Thing, in health terms and financially. Yet virtually all unaided attempts to quit smoking are unsuccessful. Why is it so hard to stop?

On p.332, Lynne Dawkins considers the issue from a psychological perspective. What is the role of nicotine, and what of the other conditioned effects that become such a part of the smoking ritual? Dawkins considers a modern alternative, the electronic cigarette. Could this be the key to dealing with the challenge at a psychological and behavioural level?

Elsewhere we have our usual diverse mix of news, reviews, and a host of other regular features. And did you know that if you are a Society member you can read The Psychologist on tablet, smartphone and Kindle? Just log in via to access your options.

Dr Jon Sutton

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
Lynne Dawkins explores the habit and a new device to help kick it

Political conflict and youth
Brian K. Barber suggests how research could better assess the impact of war on young people

The connected brain
Gaby Pfeifer looks at reading and memorising in the internet era

Interview: A student of life
Lucy Maddox talks to the philosopher, television presenter and entrepreneur Alain de Botton

Eye on fiction: The Yellow Birds
John Marzillier on Kevin Powers' novel, and what it can teach us about trauma

An open letter to clinical psychology; cognitive fMRI; greening of psychology; humour issue; lobbying for social change; and much more

News and digest
Conduct disorder; predicting reoffending; children and TV; autism research priorities; frontiers of brain research; Elizabeth Loftus talk; anti-stigma campaign; face blindness; psychologists appointed to top jobs; and nuggets from the Society's free Research Digest service

President's column; Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions; and more

Careers and appointments
We meet health psychologist Rory O'Connor; Terry Sexton tells us of his journey from building site to psychology; and Nisa Shahul Hameed considers a challenging path into the profession

Death of a soldier; blogs from Dorothy Bishop and Tal Yarkoni; 'Brainstorm' at Islington Community Theatre; Bedtime Live; plus exhibitions, apps and more

New voices
A mindful moment for older adults: Alice Malzfeldt with the latest in our series for budding writers (see

Looking back
Spook hunting and ghost busting: Elizabeth Valentine on psychologists and psychical research between the wars

One on one 380
...with Almuth McDowall


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