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The Society is concerned that psychological tools are being misused in the UK benefits system and could lead to results that lack validity, efficacy or fairness.
People with low self-belief are liable to hold on to negative assumptions about themselves despite concrete evidence of the contrary; that is, they fail to "generalise from success".
A new report suggests that people claiming unemployment benefits are being coerced in to undertaking psychological interventions.
The British Psychological Society’s Presidential team has expres
The government should commission an ‘end-to-end redesign’ of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process, says a new briefing paper from the British Psychological Society.
David Gilbertson spent a professional lifetime in the business media industry.  He started out as a journalist before going on to run first Informa and then Emap, two of the UK's largest publishing and event companies.
This week (31 May – 6 June) is Work Wise Week 2015 and Dr Roxane Gervais, chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology, has written a blog post on the Work Wise Week website.
Patents, citations, and copyright all indicate how much it matters to people that they can claim an idea as their own.
People’s evaluation of the International Olympic Commission’s decision to award London the 2012 Olympic Games depended on two potentially problematic reasons - how big a success people felt the Games had been and on how foreseeable a positive outc
Malcolm Gladwell’s influential book The Tipping Point popularised the notion that ideas, products and movements owe popular success to opinion leaders: people who are highly connected via weak ties to others, persuasive in character, and an expert
The editors of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology have put together a free virtual issue on the work-family inte
If you want a dynamic workforce, seek not the young, but the young at heart. That’s the message of a new study that surveyed over 15,000 employees from 107 companies to determine how subjective age influences workplace performance.
The President of the British Psychological Society has welcomed a statement on the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 from EFPA – the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations. Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes said:
Male job applicants who are perceived to have high levels of leadership potential are rated as a better employment prospect than women with proven leadership track records suggests a study funded by a 2014 British Psychological Society (BPS) Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme grant.
Just witnessing aggression or other bad behaviour at work can affect our well-being, but the right support from employers and colleagues can limit the consequences.
Chartered Psychologist Dr Joanna Wilde has been elected as one of the directors of the Council for Work and Health. Dr Wilde is also the lead for work and health policy within the British Psychological Society and its representative on the Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (Employment).
Cross your fingers, touch wood, and don’t forget the rabbit’s foot. What leads people to put faith in such habits?
The British Psychological Society has called upon all parties contesting the general election to describe the measures that they would put in place within 100 days of taking office to create an NHS culture that supports positive patient outcomes through building a supportive working environment for all NHS staff.
A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog looks at the benefits to employers of allowing staff to personalise their own workspaces.
We're told sitting is the new smoking and that we should consider working at standing desks, or perhaps better still, treadmill desks.
We are beginning to understand that single individuals can have a disproportionate impact on group performance.
You've probably heard that sleep psychologists like to divide people up into those who function optimally in the morning, and those who come alive at night. The former, 'larks', tend to get up and go to bed earlier than 'owls'.
If you would do anything to stay popular with your team-mates, what might follow? Bending the rules? Cheating? Sabotage of rivals?
UK growth and prosperity will falter without a better grasp of human behaviour and public attitudes, especially in the service sector of the economy.
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