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Earlier this year, when Adrian Owen's team were all over the news following their apparently successful attempts to communicate with patients who had been classified
as in a vegetative state (see p.478), I read an account from a similar case. It was horrendous: the visits from relatives slowly drying up, a fly crawling across the ceiling considered a good day. As psychologist Chris Frith has said, 'It is difficult to imagine a worse experience than to be a functioning mind trapped in a body over which you have absolutely no control.'
So surely anything that psychologists can do to 'give a voice to the voiceless' should be welcomed? Not all psychologists are convinced. On p.450, Celia Kitzinger offers a measured response and calls for psychologists to become more critically engaged in the issues the research raises.
Dr Jon Sutton (Managing Editor)
The aware mind in the motionless body
Martin Monti and Adrian Owengo looking for consciousness
Our emotional neighbourhoods
Peter Totterdell, Karen Niven and David Holman look at how social networks can regulate what we feel
Raising school attendance
Anne Sheppard asks whether legal sanctions can really be the answer to problems of truancy
Reimagining our school system
Anthony Montgomery and Ian Kehoe ask why schools get so little attention from organisational psychology
Tony Roth talks to David Clark about his pivotal role in IAPT, and more
Giving voice to the voiceless; black women in the UK; politics; and more
News and digest
Social science and family politics; new child development unit; brain waves project; nuggets from the digest; and media coverage from the conference
Reports from the Society's 2010 Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon
How science works; predicting and changing behaviour; research methods; the psychological contract; living with voices; and communication disorders
President's column; Doctoral Award; and more
The psychology of industrial safety, with Tim Marsh; a route to counselling psychology work in a Greek Family Care Centre, with Stefania Papadaki;featured job; and how to advertise
A lifetime of achievement in occupational psychology: Hazel Stevenson meets Sylvia Downs
One on one
...with David Lavallee