psychology

2006, 2017

Surviving a career set back

By |June 20th, 2017|Here to Help!, In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Following Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle and many MPs losing their seats after the General Election, occupational psychologist Professor Craig Jackson shares some tips on coping with a career set back.

Step back and pause.

Do not feel rushed to “do something” about it or move on to something else. Try and take some time to pause […]

2505, 2017

Can this beloved 80 year old ever be stopped from killing people?

By |May 25th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, joins in the celebrations of the 80th Birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic and symbolic engineering achievements in the United States. He asks if current measures proposed to tackle the bridge’s darker reputation as a suicide hotspot will do enough […]

1710, 2016

‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

By |October 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The 2016 clown sightings, which have commonly been referred to by names such as “panic”, “uprising”, “epidemic”, and “invasion” , are a series of “evil” or “killer” clown sightings reported in the United States and to a lesser extent other Western countries since August 2016.

This […]

2707, 2016

Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

By |July 27th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology, Birmingham City University, who specialises in spree killings, reflects on the Munich mass shooting tragedy. He suggests Ali Sonboly’s on-camera behaviour gives us a unique insight into the Narcissistic Hypothesis of spree killers, and the methods used by him represent a new level of forward planning by such perpetrators. […]

2906, 2016

Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

By |June 29th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Clothing retailers shouldn’t be removing mirrors, but working with customers the old-fashioned way

News this week revealed that a number of Hammerson-owned shopping centres, including Birmingham’s Bullring, have started covering changing room mirrors in their stores in a trial aiming to increase customer’s self-confidence when shopping.

Alison Rapsey, Course Director of BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion at Birmingham City University, shares her views…

If you have ever worked in […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

By |May 13th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

2311, 2015

Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

By |November 23rd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Do we care what we buy on Black Friday or do we just want to beat other shoppers to a ‘bargain’?

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

November 27th sees the return of yet another US phenomenon which has been adopted by the UK – ‘Black Friday’. The day after Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) when retailers slash their prices of their stock (online and in stores) to kick-start Christmas […]

1311, 2015

‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

By |November 13th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

Standing in the coffee queue awaiting my time with the barista I overheard some of our students discussing what was clearly a topic of great speculation…Fabulous, I thought to myself….clearly the topic of today’s lecture must have been exciting and stimulating…then I heard one […]

611, 2015

Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

By |November 6th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Social psychologist applauds John Lewis Christmas ad

(Image courtesy of John Lewis)
Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University.

So, this morning saw the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert and once again social media is alive with people’s emotional responses to it.

Comments such as “…emosh or what?” and “Thanks John Lewis for making me cry first thing […]

710, 2015

Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

By |October 7th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Will Doctor Foster feel better for taking revenge on her cheating husband?

by Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

I have, for the past weeks, watched Dr Foster with varying emotional reactions ranging from disbelief and horror that so called ‘friends’ can betray someone without remorse (until they got found out) to screaming at the TV in anger and frustration that Dr […]