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The Psychologist Vol 29 No 5 May 2016

The Psychologist Vol 29 No 5 May 2016

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'Everything is crumbling', proclaimed a recent Slate headline above a piece on the latest twist in the tale of psychology's 'replication crisis'. A touch of melodrama, chosen mainly to go with a photo of some cookies, or a wake-up call for our discipline?

This issue is littered with two themes, if you care to pick them up: one, that much of what passes as psychological research is rubbish, and two, that many people are trying to clean up.

If this debate smacks of navel gazing, it's important to note that the 'clean-up' can and should involve innovative and modern ways of doing things, of engaging the public, of seeking genuine 'impact'. There are plenty of examples this month.

So let's not be downbeat. These problems may be rife throughout science: psychologists are unusual in their willingness to thrash it out in public. Debate makes us stronger, and psychology can punch its weight. As incoming Society President Peter Kinderman says in his 'One on one', 'We can still choose how to respond; how to fight against creation'.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor


Are we punching our weight?
Our journalist Ella Rhodes asks whether psychology is having the desired impact, through the media and policy.

Arts-based research - radical or conventional?
David Carless and Kitrina Douglas make the case for an alternative methodology.

Making brain waves in society
Cliodhna O'Connor and Helene Joffe on the 'ripple effects' generated as a piece of neuroscience leaves the laboratory.


Opinion: Our struggle between science and pseudoscience
Chris Ferguson takes a dim view of the state of academic psychology, but trusts that the light shining on our discipline will show us the way.

Opinion: Buried in bullshit?
Tom Farsides and Paul Sparks smell trouble.

Rethinking practitioner roles; biological factors in mental health; felt presence and the 'hard problem'; and more.


New approach to hostels; latest twists on replication; Cambridge Science Festival; Wellcome Book Prize and new Hub residency; Psychology Research Day; sugar tax; opening Skinner's box; and more.


Ultra-running; narcissistic leaders; online data; and much more, in the latest from our free Research Digest (see


we meet Sophie von Stumm, who runs the Hungry Mind Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London.

we meet Michèle Down, to talk about life on the fringes of psychology; Liz Hollis casts a journalistic eye over our discipline; and Nadine Mirza describes a culture shock.

One on one
with Peter Kinderman, University of Liverpool and incoming Society President.


Inscription, Diagnosis, Deception and the Mental Health Industry; My Beautiful Broken Brain; 8 Keys to Forgiveness; Muhammad Ali at the O2; Employable Me; Calculating Kindness; Anomalisa; and more.

Looks back

Happiness then and now
Sandie McHugh and Jerome Carson describe two happiness surveys from Bolton, 76 years apart.

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Poetry as a mental health resource; words and poem by Helena Dunthorne; and we launch our second annual poetry competition.


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