Government and Politics

In the wake of the report into the CIA's use of torture published yesterday, many people are shocked and appalled. Yet one defence of the practice remains popular - "the ticking time bomb scenario".
Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights Day. On this occasion the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) has appealed to its 36 national member associations to raise public awareness on human rights and to encourage action against violations of human rights.
Conservatives and liberals judge scientific evidence on the basis of whether the potential impact on policy is "politically desirable", a new study has conclude
Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
There are serious and deeply ingrained problems with the commissioning and provision of children’s and adolescents’ mental health services, says a House of Commons health select committee report published today.
An overview of the challenges involved in designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions with the potential to have population-level impact, especially in relation to health promotion. Timetable 09:30 Regi
Local authorities across England are not spending enough to prevent mental health problems, a charity has warned.
Never has it been more urgent that we understand why people are drawn to extremist beliefs and to violent extremist organisations.
People with conservative views are reacting more strongly to the current Ebola scare than those with a more liberal outlook, an expert
Psychologists and psychiatrists mark World Mental Health Day (10 October 2014) with a call for improved funding for research into serious mental health conditions, including schizophrenia. The British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have joined forces to emphasise the crucial role research has in better understanding mental health, improving the lives of those affected and in helping to reduce the stigma of mental health.
The British Psychological Society President Elect Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes has welcomed today's announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg that maximum waiting times will be introduced for those accessing NHS mental health services.
The British Psychological Society, Sense about Science and NatCen Social Research, with the support of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, are hosting a panel debate on crime reduction at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference on Tuesday 7 October.
Sense about Science, the British Psychological Society and NatCen Social Research, with the support of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, are hosting a panel debate on crime reduction at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today (Tuesday 30 September).
The British Psychological Society, together with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, is hosting a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester tomorrow (Tuesday 23 September).
If psychological tests are to be used to judge whether jobseekers have a psychological resistance to work, they must be administered by experienced users of psychometrics and proper feedback must be provided.
A British Journal of Social Psychology paper on Milgram’s famous experiment on obedience received a lot of interest last week. It was reported by the Independent and Daily Mail, and attracted interest via the British Psychological Society’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The British Psychological Society welcomes the report from the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, emphasising the need for mental health to be seen as being just as important as physical health.
The British Psychological Society has welcomed the World Health Organization’s first ever World Suicide Prevention Report.
Just over half a century ago, Stanley Milgram ran the most renowned studies in the history of psychology. He showed how ordinary people can do extraordinary harm to others when asked to do so. His conclusion, made famous through his film of the research, Obedience, was that humans are programmed to obey orders, no matter how noxious.
A person's political persuasion could be down to "deep-seated psychology", rather than the way they were brought up or individual decisions, a new 
An expert on terrorism has warned that initiatives designed to turn jihadists away from extremism may not work - because many of them do not want to be turned.
The British Psychological Society welcomed the recent announcement by Norman Lamb, minister of state for care and support, to form a taskforce a
A letter signed by the British Psychological Society President, Professor Dorothy Miell, sharing concerns raised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) about reductions in overall funding for mental health services and differences in access to treatments has been published in today's Guardian. 
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, the British Psychological Society's President Elect, has welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, that a major push is needed to help boost mental health research in England.
The government has been strongly criticised by the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for failing to prioritise mental health care in England.
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