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The Psychologist Vol 28 No 5 May 2015

The Psychologist Vol 28 No 5 May 2015

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Amongst a glut of political coverage on the eve of the UK General Election, I hope you will stomach our own feast. The authors make some fascinating links across the discipline to shed some light on how to get voters to the ballot box, what happens when they are there, how we can support and develop politicians, and the influence of our celebrity culture on politics.

The pieces are not 'politically charged', but writing in The Psychologist can be and has been. Although I try hard to keep my own politics out of the publication (yet over the years readers have labelled me as everything from 'war-mongering neo-con' to 'bleeding heart liberal'!), I am more than happy to receive 'political' pieces if they are backed by evidence and relevant to our audience. At a Society conference once I listened to Steve Reicher, one of the most passionate and political psychologists I know, rail against the 'rhetoric of tediousness' which affects much of psychology. Political debate is rarely tedious, so it will always find a place in our pages.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor @psychmag

Back to the ballot box
Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets researchers in psychology and politics in search of answers to voter apathy

Becoming an MP
Helena Cooper-Thomas considers the transition into the role, and how this compares with other workplaces

Developing strong and diverse political leaders
Jo Silvester and Madeleine Wyatt look at the issue of training for politicians, and its relationship with work psychology

The age of celebrity politics
Sharon Coen considers psychology's role in a modern phenomenon

An election special on the psychology of voting, from our free Research Digest (see

In defence of inferential statistics; training costs; when is a Dr not a Dr?; autism; data analysis in sport; words and sorcery; and more

Is science broken?; the Germanwings crash; Big Bang; breastfeeding; and more

Dorothy Miell's final President's column; Spearman Medal and Outstanding Contributions through Doctoral Research Award winners; an introduction to the Psychobiology Section; and more

From civvy street to theatre of war: our editor Jon Sutton talks to incoming Society President Jamie Hacker Hughes, Military and Veteran Specialist and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University

We meet Robert Williams, the 'flying psychologist', and clinical psychologist Jane McCartney

One on one
With Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics

Life After Suicide, Louis Theroux, Chappie, and much more

Looks back
Filming trauma:
Edgar Jones explores the making of an innovative film designed to show the treatment of soldiers suffering from shell shock
Three years ago:
Go to for our archive, including a special feature on replication (also available in digital edition at

New voices

  • The 'minority' man?
    Jessica McCarrick with the latest in our series for budding writers
  • Teach and learn: In search of an authorial identity
    James Elander looks beyond plagiarism

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Are prisoners calmer when their cells are pink? Image from research by Oliver Genschow. Words by Christian Jarrett for our Research Digest


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