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The Psychologist Vol 23 No 12 December 2010

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Editorial

A former pupil of William James, the philosopher George Santayana, once said: 'those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it'. As someone fully immersed in the history of psychology I am in no doubt as to its importance. Yet there's more: the history of psychology is fascinating, fresh, funny even. I hope you have enjoyed 'Looking back' (collated at www.bps.org.uk/lookback), and that you will find more to educate and engage in this issue marking 150 years of experimental psychology.

Throughout, we offer a new look at the innovators of change, and insights into some unusual and unsung aspects of the discipline's past. Also, for the first time in The Psychologist's history, you get a free poster. We hope this will be a useful addition to your department or office wall, to inspire a future generation to create their own legacy.

Julie Perks (Associate Editor)

Contents

A special issue marking the anniversary of Gustav Fechner's Elements of Psychophysics. Introduced by Geoff Bunn

Daniel N. Robinson on Fechner's tome

Elizabeth Valentine profiles three women in early 20th-century experimental psychology 

David K. Robinson on an important meeting of minds at Leipzig University 

Peter Lamont on how early psychologists turned to grand wizards

Graham Richards on loss of innocence in the Torres Straits

Philip Barnard on the work of the APU

Frederic Bartlett speaking in 1959 on what makes a good experimental psychologist
Forum
Including William James; Gustav Fechner; occupational debate; gender and more

News, digest and media
Spending review; Alzheimer's; magic and autism; graduate employment; tasty morsels from the Research Digest; and Sinéad Rhodes on ADHD in the news

Book reviews
Diary drawings of mental illness; forensic psychology; 'Aspergirls' and more

Society
President's column; new Community Psychology Section, and a call to support the formation of a Disaster, Crisis and Trauma Section; improving work-life balance; preserving our history; and psychology at the Science Museum

Careers
We talk to Adrian Owen about the 'brain drain' and more; career opportunities in the history of psychology; the latest jobs, and how to advertise

Looking ahead
Some presentist futurology on experimental psychology, with Alan Costall 

One on one
...with Chris Green

 

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