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The Psychologist Vol 29 No 9 September 2016

The Psychologist Vol 29 No 9 September 2016

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With barely a day passing between tragic terrorist atrocities, and the blood-saturated media coverage that flows from them, it's easy to form the impression that we live in very insecure times. With this month's loose theme of 'security and policing', you will encounter several pieces that consider countermeasures, and whether they genuinely make us feel safer.

Our cover feature (p.682) looks at surveillance, and argues that psychologists have been slow to cast their own watchful eyes over the implications of increased levels. A relative lack of psychological inquiry is also a theme of Peter Squire's consideration of police armed response (p.658). Other articles look at those putting psychological theory and research to practice in areas such as cybersecurity and conflict resolution.

Often when we publish such a collection, I receive emails saying 'I work in this area, I wish you had asked me'. Well, unlike the UK's CCTV system, I can't possibly have eyes everywhere... please don't wait to be asked, get in touch now!

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor


Experiencing the 'surveillance society'
We are increasingly being watched. Darren Ellis, Dave Harper and Ian Tucker ask whether psychology has been slow to cast a watchful eye over the implications.

The social psychology of cybersecurity
John MacAlaney, Helen Thackray and Jacqui Taylor consider motivations for hacking, and how the problem is best addressed

Untying the hardest knots
Dan Jones delves into the work of Eran Halperin, in the field of conflict resolution

New voices: Who cares for the carers?
Jane Smallwood with the latest in our series for budding writers


Encountering pain; 20 years of UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience; Society awards; British Academy Fellows; on the front line of boardroom change; and more


Police armed response; Black Lives Matter; Jerome Bruner, 1915-2016; President's Letter; and more


How the brain deals with blinks; expert schmoozers; OCD; and more, in the latest from our Research Digest (also available as blog, email, app, and more)


5 minutes with Marc Chevreau on encouraging wellbeing and resilience in children

we hear from Judith Rich Harris about her extraordinary fightback against entrenched views of child development

We meet Peter Hobson, Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University College London; Thomas Hoare describes his voluntary work in Nigeria; and Hope Christie offers a practical guide to the final undergraduate year

One on one
with clinical psychologist, trainer and author Lucy Johnstone


Notes on Blindness; Dr Broks' Casebook; 'Wounded' at the Science Museum; The Spoils; and books

Looks back

Phantom suffering?
Joanna Bourke looks into physical and emotional wounding after the First World War

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Beyond Seizures: from a series by Angela Farragher for the London Brain Project


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