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The Psychologist Vol 25 No 9 September 2012

The Psychologist Vol 25 No 9 September 2012

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Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to the thousands of new psychology undergraduates receiving this issue free as an introduction to the British Psychological Society. With the niceties out of the way, I ask them: If you are going to die in the next few months, what is going to kill you?

The uncomfortable answer is a road accident. A July report by the Transport Select Committee highlighted the fact that these are the main killer among 16- to 24-year-olds. Following the first increase in road deaths for nearly a decade, the Committee called for more help to keep young drivers and cyclists safe and to improve the design of roads.

As with so many areas of life, psychology has a big role to play here. This month's special issue introduces you to traffic and transport psychology.

To return to all those new undergrads: I would like to offer the Society's support in guiding you safely along your road to psychology. See for more. You can also get onboard using all the websites and social media you will find on the opposite page.

Dr Jon Sutton

Psychology on the road    
John Groeger introduces a special issue

Drive safely with neuroergonomics    
Charles Spence on promoting safe driving

When to give up driving?    
Pat McKenna gives a personal perspective

Young driver challenges    
Frank P. McKenna on psychology's contribution

The psychology of sustainable transport    
Birgitta Gatersleben moves on from the car, with help from Niamh Murtagh

Vulnerable road users    
Jon Sutton interviews Ian Walker

Becoming immortal: Genes, memes and dreams   
Robert J. Sternberg has some encouraging words

Murder, muddled thinking and multilevel modelling   
Martin Cartwright, Emma Traviss and Andrew Blance deal with hierarchies

The soul; stigma; international assistance; in praise of cheap research; and more

News, digest and media 
Polygraph; well-being; fraud; report from the PsyPAG conference; nuggets from the Society's Research Digest; Jennifer Wild on responding to mass shootings; Jon Sutton on the mental health debate; and more

Book reviews
The self-illusion; father-daughter relationships; hearing voices; business psychology; and more

President's column; Lifetime Achievement Award; Presidents' Award; Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme; and more

Careers and psychologist appointments
Finding the employability edge in your studies: S. Ian Robertson, Isabella McMurray and Pat Roberts have some practical advice; plus featured job, the latest vacancies and how to advertise

New voices
My grandmother, Mick Hucknall and me: Fiona Glen with the latest in our series for budding writers

Looking back
The carnival of Kingsley Hall: Alison Torn on the colourful case of Mary Barnes

One on one
...with Hugo Spiers

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