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The Psychologist Vol 29 No 2 February 2016

The Psychologist Vol 29 No 2 February 2016

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There's an expectation - from the funding framework, from the public, from psychologists themselves - that our discipline should make a difference. It's all about 'impact'. What can The Psychologist do to reflect and facilitate this?

This month, I can point you to two attempts. On p.108, a discussion special considers if we are resigned to remaining quiet as the bombs fall in Syria or elsewhere, or whether psychologists can find a path to peace. On p.120, we hear from John Drury about his work, featured in the Society's 'impact portal' (

The print/online integration is central to our own quest for 'impact': the discussion special began online and will hopefully continue there. Please do consider writing for us as one path to impact: you can reach more than 50,000 Society members, and a wider audience via our website and social media. It's a great time to contribute: see for guidance. And keep an eye out for our app: hopefully due in February! Follow us @psychmag for updates.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor


Can psychology find a path to peace?
As the UK's Parliament voted to allow bombing in Syria, we asked - are there evidence-based ways to resolve this conflict?

The ascension of parent-offspring ties
How are bonds between parents and their grown-up children changing, and what impact do they have? Karen Fingerman looks at the evidence.

Impact: From riots to crowd safety
In the first of an occasional series, John Drury describes his pathway to impact

New voices: Researching loyalist communities
Patrick Flack outlines his research in Northern Ireland


New year honours; All in the Mind awards; an evening of heaven and hell to mark a decade of the Research Digest blog; university psychology societies; Psychology4Graduates; the annual Edge question; and more


The reality of life and death decisions; President's Letter; attachment; antibiotics; storms and social capital; the Human Genome Project; obituaries; and more


What's it like to meet the man who murdered your brother?; life passions; and more, in the latest from our Research Digest (see


5 minutes with Noreen Tehrani, on crisis and trauma

Edo Shonin talks with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction

We talk to Nick Maguire (University of Southampton), and Isabelle Cullis describes the many faces of working with visible difference

One on one
With Susan Hallam, Professor of Education and Music Psychology at the Institute of Education


A memoir of hunger and hope; a Little Box of Big Questions; How to Be a Researcher; Ruby Wax's Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled (with extract); and more

Looks back

Historical sex object - or undiscovered genius?
John Launer challenges the image of Sabina Spielrein principally as Carl Jung's mistress: Was she one of the most innovative thinkers in 20th-century psychology?

3 years ago
Go to for our archive, including Robert Sternberg on the stages of his quest to understand what bonds us together

Big picture

Imagining the future before breakfast: Image/words by Jan Cosgrave and Dalena Van Heugten (University of Oxford)


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