psychology

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 […]

1908, 2015

Why won’t women talk vaginas?

By |August 19th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why won’t women talk vaginas?

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

A recent survey has confirmed that 66% of 1000 18-24 year old British female participants reported that talking about their vagina or other gynaecological issues is deeply embarrassing, and 48% report that they are afraid of being intimately examined. Sadly, this has profound […]

106, 2015

Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

By |June 1st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Five years on from the Cumbrian mass shooting – what more do we know about such killers?

Professor  Craig Jackson reflects on the Cumbrian Shooting tragedy in 2010. He suggests that mass shootings committed by single perpetrators against strangers are still increasing in frequency, but that the psycholopathogy of such perpetrators is slowly being understood more fully. Depression and suicidal tendencies are not predictors of mass shooters – but personality flaws may […]

1205, 2015

Big Brother returns – but have we learned anything?

By |May 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Big Brother returns – but have we learned anything?

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

I am excited about the return of Big Brother tonight, as it is an excellent opportunity to observe behavioural manipulation and the lengths to which the great British public will go in order to pursue fame, despite there being very few (other than Jade […]

2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]

2402, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Almost Human

By |February 24th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Killer Psychopaths: Almost Human

As I entered the lift of my hotel in Wichita, Kansas, two other people joined me. Both were dressed entirely as animals although, luckily for me, despite being completely encased in a furry costume, they both spoke English.

“Which floor?” asked the largest who was dressed as, I think, a biker mouse.

“8th please,” I replied, and […]

1102, 2015

When a barrel bomb isn’t a barrel bomb – inside the mind of Syria’s dictator

By |February 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on When a barrel bomb isn’t a barrel bomb – inside the mind of Syria’s dictator

Jeremy Bowen’s interview on the BBC with Bashar al-Assad of Syria has certainly provoked a great deal of questioning. Did Assad believe what he was saying, especially about “barrel bombs”? Was he deluded, or in denial? How could he sit there seemingly making light of the enormity of the suffering and human misery that surrounded […]

1102, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Joanna Dennehy (Episode 1 Review)

By |February 11th, 2015|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on Killer Psychopaths: Joanna Dennehy (Episode 1 Review)

Catch Professor David Wilson on Channel 5 in his new series 'Killer Psychopaths' (Tuesday 9pm)

912, 2014

West Midlands Police Security Risk

By |December 9th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on West Midlands Police Security Risk

By John Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology

Late last night an anonymous tip was given to West Midlands Police about a supposed plot to kidnap and kill a police officer. Rightly, a decision was made to recall officers to base and to brief them on this information. Coming on the back of an increase in the threat […]