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The Psychologist Vol 30 No 6 June 2017

The Psychologist Vol 30 No 6 June 2017

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'There are some things in our society, some things in our world, to which we should never be adjusted.' Martin Luther King

'Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself' Albert Camus

'Our expertise brings with it an ethical duty to follow the lead of Camus and King and speak out about those issues that demand a voice.' Peter Kinderman

Announcing the UK General Election, Prime Minister Theresa May accused her opponents of 'political gameplaying' and said that she was 'reluctantly' calling the vote in an attempt to 'guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead'. For some, this didn't sound like the language of democratic debate: under the headline 'This is no general election, it's a coup', one journalist wrote 'Theresa May has turned democracy against itself.' Our collection of articles and cover, planned before the announcement, perhaps remains apt.

The pieces deal with democracy, how we assess information and argument, and the need for psychologists to take social or political action. You can find exclusive online extras on our website, as well as revisiting our 2015 special via I know not all of you agree with Albert Camus' view that 'Psychology is action' (see p.50), but if there was ever a time to engage - on both the national and the international stages - that time is surely now.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor

Drone warfare; running; and more

Replication; Brexit; bias; and more

Democracy in danger
How can psychology help? asks Roger Paxton

Building democracy
Ashley Weinberg on how psychology can inform the design and restoration of physical spaces

Reclaiming the truth
Karen Douglas, Chee Siang Ang and Farzin Deravi on conspiracy theories and fake news

Michal Kosinski on information bubbles and more

Presidential Address
Peter Kinderman's speech from the Annual Conference

Beyond borders
Alastair Nightingale, Simon Goodman and Sam Parker on the refugee crisis

Patric Esters on 'expat psychology'; we meet Nicki Morley; and the latest vacancies

One on one
Joanna Griffin

Max Richter's Sleep; The Curious Incident...; and more

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