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The Francis Report into the treatment and care failings in Mid Staffordshire will, we all hope, lead to the kinds of changes to systems and practices that will ensure nothing of this sort can easily happen again. In our cover story article (p.16) Narinder Kapur outlines how psychological research can inform discussion of many key areas that the report from the public inquiry draws attention to. He calls on psychology as a profession to rise to the challenge and help bring about change for the better.
At the risk of seeming to indulge in bathos, I'd just like to mention the change (for the better, we hope you agree) to this contents page, now technically a contents spread. It should be self-explanatory. Readers' views are welcome as ever.
Elsewhere in this issue we have an eclectic mix of articles - on wishful seeing, homophobia, parental alienation, and the surprising erstwhile popularity of lobotomy, not to mention hearing about Chris French's fire-walking ambitions. Just glance to the left and you'll see where to find it all.
Mid Staffordshire Hospital and the Francis Report
Narinder Kapur asks what psychology has to offer
Emily Balcetis outlines research on how desires and motivations change perceptions
New voices: Parental alienation - time to notice, time to intervene
Sue Whitcombe looks at broken child-parent relationships and the damage they can cause
Typhoon Haiyan; event reports from the Psychology4Students and Psychology4Graduates days; and much more
President's column; journals report; and more
Alana James reports from a 'Getting Published and Planning Your Career' workshop
Treating drug and alcohol dependency; finding a job; parallel texts and literacy; 'Forum' columns on stress in sport and the dangers of consumer crowds; and more
Macbeth effect; effectiveness of headlines; language and brain lateralisation
An anomalistic psychologist
Chris French tells Lance Workman about his journey into weird stuff
We talk to health psychologist Vanessa Bogle
One on one
with Fehmidah Munir, Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University
Eye on fiction: Capturing the experience of homophobia
Martin Milton on the coming-of-age novel Moffie set in apartheid South Africa
Tthe usual mix of books and other media reviews, including the psychodynamics of film discussed in a review of Visible Mind: Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious
Interpreting lobotomy - the patients' stories
Physician and historian of medicine Mical Raz examines the reasons why the procedure was once so popular, with patients and physicians alike
10 years ago
Go to www.thepsychologist.org.uk for our archive, including Steve Newstead's 'Time to make our mark' article on improving the reliability and validity of student assessment (January 2004)
Centre-page pull-out researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University have been investigating the benefits of gardening activity for physical and psychological health in later life