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Nervous flyers may find plenty to both comfort and concern them in this month's cover feature. On p.90 Don Harris discusses the role of human factors in aviation psychology. Modern flight operations have outpaced science and regulations, Harris argues. Ever-changing technical environments require an increasing appreciation of the human component, drawing in a range of fields to keep air travel out of the headlines.
Stockholm - a thankfully uneventful flight away - was the venue for last year's European Congress and my interview with Marinus van IJzendoorn (p.96). Some scientists take your breath away with the humanity behind their number crunching, and Marinus' compassion was striking. A scientific tendency to neglect the environment leads children to suffer, he says. Genes and brain structures don't raise a child: it takes a village.
Elsewhere, there is the usual mix of news, views and reviews, including the latest entries in our popular 'Looking back', 'New voices' and 'Big picture' series.
Dr Jon Sutton
Improving aircraft safety
Don Harris discusses the role of human error in air accidents and how aviation psychology has contributed to making flying as safe as possible
What intelligence tests miss
Keith E. Stanovich and Richard F. West on why we need rationality quotient (RQ) tests as well as IQ tests
The stressed sex?
Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman consider men, women and mental health
New voices: Breaking free - prisoners and mental health
Anna Roberts makes the case for improving mental health services in prisons
Science Museum 'mind maps'; national honours in psychology; 'isms' in fashion; Psychology4Students; and much more
President's column; Public Engagement award and grants; The Psychologist bath; and more
The decline of the NHS; waste in research; promoting psychology in public health; 1966 and all that; and more
The difference between a happy and a meaningful life; childhood amnesia; the image problem of activists
Marinus van IJzendoorn talks to Jon Sutton about his work on differential susceptibility in child development
Miles Thomas has taken a colourful route to educational psychologist and wine expert; Jackie Abell, Reader in Psychology at Coventry University and Director of Research for the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust, tells us about taking social psychology into the lion's den
One on one
with Terry Dovey, Senior Lecturer at Brunel University
The usual mix of books and other media reviews, including Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Tough Young Teachers, Living with Complicated Grief; and much more
The possessions at Loudun
Craig E. Stephenson looks at their significance in the history of the science of mind
Six years ago
Go to www.thepsychologist.org.uk for our archive, including Barry Komisaruk's article on orgasm (February 2008)