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When Cognition Fails

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January 21, 2015

  So here I am driving in the outside lane of the motorway early in the morning… and… there’s… a… car… coming… straight… towards… me…   That was the situation I was faced with last week. Fortunately I’m still here to think about it, but think about it I have – from the point of… Read More ›

Why I Want All Students To Know I Got A 2.2 On My PPE Degree

Over the last five years I have been studying for a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) with the Open University in my spare time… I don’t have a lot of spare time but, as they were topics that interested me and I was reading books on them anyway, I thought why not get… Read More ›

A Frustrating Day

As I set out in my last post, I couldn’t get any work done whilst I was away in Texas due to ‘technical issues’… but that didn’t stop me from thinking about what I wanted to do when I got home.  And so, after the emails had been answered at work and a few other… Read More ›

Your First Conference Talk: Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain

  This Saturday (4th May 2013) is the 42nd Annual Student Conference of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, where over 40 undergraduate and postgraduate students from universities across Wales will present their research.  Among the sacrifices that will be made by these students is giving up their Saturday… Read More ›

Updated: Researching Media Reporting of Organ Donation Legislation Changes

Our team gets quite a lot of requests that we simply can’t find the time to take on (small team, lots of students and ongoing research  = not much time).  However, when it came to examining how the new organ donation legislation changes in Wales are being reported in the media we jumped at the… Read More ›

Are You A Patriot?

Patriotism: the love and devotion for one’s own country, the willingness to sacrifice for it.  But at what point does patriotism become a negative? Where do we draw the line between patriotism and jingoism or nationalism? And can you criticise your country and still be considered patriotic? Patriotism is a many-faced beast: The pride of seeing… Read More ›

Fraud in research: Individuals and Systems

This is a rehash of a piece I wrote in September 2011, but the sentiment of what I said then stays the same.  However, I wanted to change the focus onto one of the sub-issues I discussed which, nearly two years later, is no closer to being resolved – that of journals still insisting on… Read More ›

My Chemical Romance and a Tale of Motivation

As the band My Chemical Romance split up last month I thought I would share a heartwarming tale of true human motivation that involves them. It was the summer of 2007 and My Chemical Romance had been chosen to headline one of the three days at the Download Festival at Donington, much to the chagrin… Read More ›

Unpaid Research – A Bit Of An Argument For…

 When I was an undergraduate I worked as an unpaid Research Assistant on a couple of psychology research projects. I learned a lot and it was hugely beneficial to me on my degree and subsequent postgraduate and career route. I would encourage any undergraduate to get involved in research. However, I also agree with the… Read More ›

Psychologists Rush In Where Sane People Are Too Sensible To Tread

The shootings in Aurora, Colorado in the past week were a senseless loss of life, and my sympathies go out to those who were injured and the families of those injured and killed. As a person, that is all I want to say – and as a psychologist, that is all I can really say… Read More ›