General Psychology

Listening to traffic reports on the radio could be bad for your driving – you could even miss an elephant standing by the side of the road..
The British Psychological Society 2016 Annual Conference takes place in Nottingham over the next three days (26 - 28 April). 
How systematically practicing recovering memories can help alleviate symptoms of depression is one of the topics featured in a new series of BPS audio interviews with prominent psychologists.
The BPS Research Board has grants of up to £3000 to support any of our Member Networks to convene a symposium at an international conference.
In light of today's report by the BBC showing that some people with psychological problems are having to wait years for therapy, The British Psychological Society calls on the next Welsh Government to make improving access to mental health services their immediate priority.
Psychologists have got a pretty good picture of how we’re influenced by the big emotional states.
Maybe they're sitting too close, or just smiling weirdly. Whatever, you know its creeping you out! Finding certain people creepy is a common experience yet psychologists, before now, haven't investigated this emotion.
When we're asked how much we understand the workings of everyday things like vacuum cleaners or computer printers, most of us massively overestimate our knowledge.
A recurring finding in psychology is that people tend to overestimate the strength of their future emotions, an error known as the "intensity bias".
The British Psychological Society is pleased to announce that on behalf of the Science Council we can now confer two new designations. These are:
The current round of the BPS Research Board's Postdoctoral Conference Bursary Scheme to support the work of psychology postdoctoral researchers and lecturers will close on Friday 1 April 2016.
Children who develop good sleep habits by age five do better at school according to a study published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology.
Some pieces of music you can’t escape knowing, and for children in 1960s Britain, God Save the Queen would qualify, according to research published back then.
The British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section welcomes this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with its particular focus on gender parity.
A new report suggests the findings of last year’s Reproducibility Project, which aimed to replicate 100 psychology studies but only managed to do so in around 40 per cent of cases, were overstated.
In recent months the BPS, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council and UK Council for Psychotherapy met with officials from the Government’s new Joint Health and Work Unit to scrutinise Government plans to help jobcentre clients who experience mental ill health.
A free BPS public seminar discussing the influence of Freud's published work called 'A Demonological Neurosis in the 17th Century' will be held on Monday (7 March 2016) in London from 6 - 7:30pm.
A free one-day event for postgraduate students and early career researchers hosted by the BPS and Senate House Library takes place today in London.
There is only a week left left to take advantage of the early bird rate for the 2016 BPS Annual Conference being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham from 26 - 28 April.
The British Journal of Developmental Psychology (BJDP) have published a Special Issue on Action Mirroring that is free to access online.
Most people are poor at detecting whether someone is lying, at least partly because most people think mistakenly that things like shifty eye movements and fidgeting hands are reliable signs of deception.
A consistent finding in this area is that people's attractiveness to others depends on whether their appearance communicates an interest in short or long-term sexual commitment, and moreover, whether this matches what a potential suitor is looking
Our brains are wired such that we pay extra attention to anything that seems to be alive. This makes sense from an evolutionary point of view – after all, other living things might be about to eat us, or maybe we could eat them.
We are pleased to announce that a new app for our monthly magazine The Psychologist is now available. It is free to download and provides readers with an improved way of accessing our content on devices (Apple and Android, smartphone and tablet).
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