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Antarctica: as Ron Roberts writes in this issue, a place where 'the transcendent coexists with the tragic, a juxtaposition of beauty and threatening natural power'. The transcendent and tragic, beauty and peril, are all themes that pervade this first issue of 2011.
First off, let me introduce you to a new feature of The Psychologist. You may have noticed that I am a fan of words, but we do throw an awful lot of them at you and I felt it was time to show how psychology, psychologists and The Psychologist itself can be visually striking. I hope that 'Big picture' (centre spread) becomes an eagerly anticipated part of The Psychologist. The 'history of experimental psychology' poster we gave away with the last issue was well received, and it would be great if this new series of pull-outs built on that success and adorned walls across the land. As always, we need the support of our community - if your own work lends itself to an interesting image, do get in touch.
Secondly, if you had any doubts as to the importance of psychology, several contributions to this issue show how it can literally be a matter of life and death.
Dr Jon Sutton
Psychology at the end of the world
Ron Roberts examines mind and behaviour in the Antarctic
Survival psychology: the won't to live
John Leach looks at why people perish unnecessarily, and the role of cognition
Survival - mind and brain
Sarita Robinson and Nikola Bridges on the psychology and physiology behind staying alive
Movement difficulties in children
Elisabeth Hill and Anna Barnett examine the case of Developmental Coordination Disorder
Fragments of the past
Jon Sutton talks to clinical neuropsychologist and poet SeÃ¡n Haldane
Measuring well-being; sexuality; military families; tuition fees; and more
News and digest
Feeling the future or 'pathological science'; measuring well-being; awards and event reports; and the smell of anxiety and more nuggets from the Digest
Detention and release of mentally disordered patients, the environment, policy making and personnel selection
Resolutions in the President's column; Lifetime Achievement Awards; International Congress of Coaching Psychology; and more
Working in Norway; working in Australia; featured employer - the Royal Navy; and all the latest jobs
The problem with rumination, by Matthew Coxon, in the third of our series for budding writers
recollection, testimony and lying in early childhood: a century-old text revisited by James T. Lamiell
One on one
...with Jon Driver