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Although, like many, I'm fascinated by superheroes, I do worry that life with a superpower wouldn't be all glamourous hideouts and cool gadgets... with great power comes great responsibility, and with two kids I've got plenty of that already. Until I find my inner caped crusader it's not a concern, but some people with what we might call 'super powers' - extremely high levels of traits or abilities - already walk among us. What's it like for them? How are people augmenting their bodies and minds? When confronted with extraordinary claims, how should psychologists respond? We tackle these questions and more in our 'super' issue.
Also this month, I must welcome the many new students receiving this issue as a gift from the British Psychological Society as they set out to fulfil their destiny as heroic psychologists. Add to your armoury at www.bps.org.uk/careers and our extensive archive at www.thepsychologist.org.uk; set your spidey-senses tingling by following us @psychmag and @researchdigest on Twitter; and recruit a trusty sidekick at www.bps.org.uk/join.
Dr Jon Sutton
From the Research Digest
We meet people who have or research 'super' abilities
The age of the superhuman
Christian Jarrett gets to grips with cyborgs
'I never forget a face!'
Josh P. Davis, Ashok Jansari and Karen Lander investigate super-recognisers
Who will become a 'super artist'?
Jennifer E. Drake and Ellen Winner consider the significance of exceptional drawing skills in childhood
Tom Farsides considers whether there is such a thing, and its potential cost
Big picture: Meet the real-life superheroes
Would you want a super memory?
A blessing or a curse? Catriona Morrison asks mnemonists and those in the field
Searching for superhuman
Chris French navigates the outer limits as he investigates extraordinary claims
Decline in psychotherapy; the happy mirror; a school with a difference; children's sedentary lifestyles; police super-recognisers
President's column; Presidents' Award 2013; Self-help books on prescription; AllTrials Campaign; and more
Careers and appointments
We talk to Rhonda Cohen Head of the London Sport Institute at Middlesex University; and to environmental psychologist Birgitta Gatersleben; and third-year PhD student Mark Taylor turns the tables on his supervisor Angelica Ronald
The usual mix of books and other media reviews, including a review of Robin Rosenberg's book Our Superheroes, Ourselves
Detecting lies about intentions; Lara Warmelink with the latest in our series for budding authors (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for information)
Treasures of knowledge: Keiran McNally on psychology, schizophrenia and the making of a modern concept
One on one
...with Chris Cullen