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The Psychologist Vol 28 No 4 April 2015

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Editorial

Piecing together the puzzle of mind and behaviour is no simple task, so it is no surprise that we regularly carry articles that make use of various explanatory levels in attempting this. What does surprise me is the response these often get. My own sense is that alarmist fears over reductionism can lead the more socially and politically inclined to throw the neuroscientific baby out with the bathwater, particularly around mental health; the more biologically inclined, on the other hand, tend to take it as read that multiple factors act on our brains.

Jonathan Roiser argues that psychology and neuroscience have each 'much to learn from the other, since they address the same questions but in a complementary fashion, at different levels of explanation. Ultimately they require integration: "mindless" neuroscience and "brainless" psychology are both incomplete explanatory frameworks.' To me, the same sentiment, applied within psychology, should be uncontroversial. So why does past experience tell me it's anything but?

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor @psychmag

Contents

What has neuroscience ever done for us?   
Jonathan Roiser (winner of the Society's Spearman Medal 2013) considers the case of mental health

The exciting side of boredom
Our journalist Ella Rhodes speaks to psychologists who think boredom has had a bad press

Seeing through the double blind
A randomised control trial is quality science, right? Not necessarily. Lewis Killin and Sergio Della Sala explain (see also 'interview')

The power of personality
John D. Mayer argues that 'personal intelligence' shapes our lives

New voices: Calling time on Alzheimer's
Could circadian rhythms be the key? Brianne Kent with the latest in our series for first-time authors

News
The business of people; new podcasts; action on austerity; whistleblowing; journal bans null hypothesis significance testing; behaviour change event; and more

Society
President's column; Society milestones; Scottish Branch event; and more

Letters
Making writing readable; legal highs; dyscalculia; repatriation; autism; and more

Digests
Visual illusions and open-mindedness; recruitment; six forms of resistance in Milgram's studies; effective teaching; when psychotherapy doesn't work; and more,
in the latest from our free Research Digest (see www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog).
For the first episode of the Research Digest podcast PsychCrunch, see http://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/02/episode-one.html

Interview
Sergio Della Sala lets Lance Workman into his world to dispel some mind myths and debunk pseudoscience

Careers
We hear about the journey of a psychologist in public health from Amanda Bunten; and we get three perspectives on volunteering, from Samara Aziz, Sahdia Parveen and Jan R. Oyebode

One on one
with Sue Llewelyn, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Oxford University

Reviews
How I Learned to Drive; The Domesticated Brain; Race, Gender and the Activism of Black Feminist Theory; new podcasts; The Secret Life of Four-Year-Olds; new Jon Ronson book; and more

Looks back...
How it all began: Alan Baddeley describes the origins of the multi-component model of working memory

Two years ago
Go to www.thepsychologist.org.uk for our archive, including our special issue on humour and laughter

Big picture - centre-page pull-out
A baby's view of the protoface. Punit Shah is the winner of our 'Big Picture' competition.

 

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