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The Psychologist Vol 29 No 11 November 2016

The Psychologist Vol 29 No 11 November 2016

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As you should be receiving this edition a week or so before Hallowe'en, traditionally a time of superstition and spookiness, we thought we'd make that the theme. Read our journalist Ella Rhodes on the everyday magic of superstition; Corrine Saunders and Charles Fernyhough consider medieval thinking and the origins of Hallowe'en; Pamela Jacobsen turns an 'Eye on fiction' for The Babadook; and finally, after 17 years, I manage to get zombies in The Psychologist thanks to Roger Luckhurst.

If ghouls and gore aren't your thing, as ever there's so much more. Eye tracking, yogic breathing, my interview with Jonathan Haidt and surprising answers to the question 'Can stress be beneficial?'. And there's much more online and in our apps, including numerous exclusives. As ever, we need your help to keep all this going: please see the website for information on how to contribute, or just get in touch. Fingers crossed I'll be hearing from lots of you in the months to come.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor


The everyday magic of superstition
Our journalist Ella Rhodes speaks to psychologists to understand the widespread and persistent nature of apparently irrational beliefs

Life and death at the limits
Roger Luckhurst on 'zombie psychology'

Eye on fiction: The Babadook and maternal depression
Pamela Jacobsen considers a metaphor in the horror film

A primer to the soul and psyche?
Szonya Durant with a primer on eye tracking

New voices: One small, quiet act
Holly Kahya on how yogic breathing could enhance psychological practice


The needs of asylum-seekers and refugees; can stress ever be beneficial?; from Babylab to baby theatre; Ig Nobel prize; human library; and more


Music and hearing loss; adults with autism in the criminal justice system; eating disorders; maternal contact; President's Letter; and more


Replication; wisdom; memory in infancy; siblings with cancer; and more, in the latest from our free Research Digest. See for more, to download our free iOS/Android app) and to listen to the podcast.


5 minutes with...
We hear from medical book award winner Rhona Flin

Our editor Jon Sutton meets Jonathan Haidt at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association

We speak to Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School; three research assistants explore academic life and support networks; and Jan Smith on life as a health psychologist in the making

One on one
with Maureen McIntosh, Chair of the Society's Division of Counselling Psychology


Artists and writers in Reading Prison; Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond; Deepwater Horizon; and books

Looks back

The medieval mind
Scholars are showing that medieval science - in various fields - is more sophisticated than previously thought. Corrine Saunders and Charles Fernyhough show that psychology is no exception.

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Centre-page pull-out, words by artist Steph Singer and psychologist Clare Jonas


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