History and Philosophy of Psychology

Free will is a controversial topic in psychology, thanks in part to studies suggesting that the brain activity associated with making decisions comes before the conscious feeling of making a choice.
Most of the time, when a magician asks you to "pick a card" she makes it feel as though you have a free choice, but you don't really.
When discussing Milgram's notorious experiments, in which participants were instructed to give increasingly dangerous electric shocks to another person, most commentators take a black or white approach.
Charles Myers' groundbreaking paper that coined the term ‘shell shock’ was published 100 years ago today.
A new paper identifies Albert Bandura as the most eminent psychologist of the modern era.
In Milgram's shock experiments, a surprising number of people obeyed a scientist's instruction to deliver dangerous electric shocks. This is usually interpreted in terms of the power of "strong situations".
In 1920, in what would become one of the most infamous and controversial studies in psychology, a pair of researchers at Johns Hopkins University taught a baby boy to fear a white rat.
A key finding from neuroscience research over the last few decades is that non-conscious preparatory brain activity appears to precede the subjective feeling of making a decision.
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.
Embodied or grounded cognition is the name for the idea that physical states affect our thoughts and emotions.
The fourth annual history of psychology symposium This year's symposium is part of the British Psychological Society's planned
The new BBC Radio 4 series featuring the author and broadcaster Martin Sixsmith has a weekly omnibus edition on Friday evenings. This first such edition be broadcast this evening (Friday 2 May) at 9pm.
The centenary of the First World War provides the Society with an opportunity t
People who commit reckless or immoral acts are less likely to be judged harshly if they avoid serious consequences suggests a study published today in the Society's British Journal of Psychology.
World War I was the first conflict fought on a truly industrial, global scale, something that had devastating consequences for ordinary people.
Dr Sathasivian Cooper has been remembering his friend and former cell-mate Nelson Mandela. Both men were rebels in their native South Africa and both spent time in the same cell block at Robben Island Maximum Security Prison.
‘The computer in the cave’, to be discussed by Dr Nick Lambert from Birkbeck, University of London, is just one of the subjects in the programme for a symposium on Psychology and the Arts in London today. The event is being organised by our History of Psychology Centre (HOPC).
The third annual history of psychology symposium.  This event is fully booked. 
University of Leicester psychologists have made an analysis of Richard III’s character – aiming to get to the man behind the bones. Professor Mark Lansdale, Head of the University’s School of Psychology, and forensic psychologist Dr Julian Boon, a Chartered Psychologist, have put together a psychological analysis of Richard based on the consensus among historians relating to his experiences and actions.
The themes of remembrance, youth and education will be at the centre of Britain’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, a minister told the House of Lords yesterday.
Monsieur Leborgne, nicknamed Tan Tan, for that was the only syllable he could utter (save for a swear word or two), died in the care of the neurologist Paul Broca in Paris on April 17, 1861.
In 1913 the first applied psychologist took up his post with the London County Council. His job was to assess children for special educational programmes and develop tools to indentify children who might need alternative kinds of education.
Tears and psychology in the 20th century are one of the subjects under discussion this afternoon (Tuesday 16 October) at a free public symposium organised by our History of Psychology Centre.
An upcoming lecture to be presented at the Royal Society in London is to look at psychical research between the two world wars.
Dualist beliefs can have a marked influence on everyday behaviours, new research has suggested.
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