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    BPS seen as strong ally by the LGBTQIA+ communities – but involvement in Pride long overdue

    The BPS secured a place in London Pride on July 2 for the first time in the event’s 50-year history. Rob Agnew, a member of the Sexualities Section who worked on the bid, looks back on the day and reflects and on why it was so significant.

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    Why simply asking people to self-isolate won't cut it

    The following article has been produced by the BPS Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Workstream.

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    The Early Career Conference Bursary Scheme

    The BPS Early Career Conference Bursary Scheme is designed to support the work of early career psychologists by helping to fund their attendance at relevant academic conferences,

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    To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question

    Jonathan Calder of the BPS Press Team, lays out some of the reasons and rationale behind the use of the society twitter account(s).

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    Children, young people and mental health: communicating in an online world

    The following article has been produced by Rosie Horne, who recently joined our Policy Team here at The British Psychological Society.

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    We need your input

    The new Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology is currently undergoing an overhaul designed to bring it into line with the new Stage 1 MSc, and the BPS is looking for input from its members on how this should proceed.

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    Flawed, but precious

    This article is published on behalf of Dr Lisa Morrison-Coulthard (Acting Director of Policy) and Dr Jon Sutton (Acting Director of Communications).

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    General Election 2017: What does it mean for psychology?

    After the surprise result of last week’s election, the Society’s Kathryn Scott, Director of Policy & Communications, and Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, Lead Policy Advisor, look at how changes in policies, personalities, and power dynamics in Parliament could affect our discipline.

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      • Psychology in the press 1988-1999

        18 September 2014

        THE BPS celebrates its centenary this year, a fitting juncture at which to explore the relationship between psychology and the public. The history of this relationship is longer than a hundred years: at the beginning of the last century, psychology had already come a long way from its roots. In its ‘long past’ (Farr, 1996) psychology had been entwined with philosophy. Yet by the late 1800s psychology had met a crossroads, one fork leading to the spiritual psyche, the other to scientific methods and aims of debunking (Burnham, 1987). Henceforth psychology was not only concerned with communicating the substance of research, but also with secularisation: severing ‘spiritual’ psychology from the canon of scientific activity. The First World War boosted the popularity of psychology (Burnham, 1987); the public were turning to psychology as a substitute for superstitious dissections of the soul (Rapp, 1988). From the 1920s psychology has, with peaks and troughs, remained in the public sphere. It has been conceived of as science, but also as quackery, as an expression of common sense, and as the antipathy of common sense (Harré et al., 1985). This article will consider what an analysis of press coverage of psychology says about our public image. The content of popularised psychology may not always be what psychologists would wish, but does it reflect society’s needs?

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        18 September 2014

        What do you find newsworthy about psychology? Psychology and journalism are natural bedfellows, because psychologists seem to need publicity in a way that solid-state physicists don’t. We are the single biggest greedy audience for ‘pop’ psychology that you could imagine. Some of the stories that I’ve been most pleased with have been achieved with the help of the BPS. When the Hillsborough disaster happened I rang up Stephen White [Publications and Communications Directorate Manager] in a panic and he gave me three names. Two were out but the third one I rang was a man whose expertise was not only in the psychology of crowd movement and flow, he was actually a Sheffield Wednesday fan. It was wonderful, I got more useful information about how these things are in some way inevitable in certain conditions… I couldn’t have made it up. The great thing about talking to the most media-savvy psychologists is that you not only couldn’t make it up, you get better stuff than if you made it up.