Category Archives: British Psychological Society

From psychology as a discipline to psychology as a profession

When psychology changed from being an academic discipline to a profession, it incurred many of the negative attributes of commercial organizations; the principal one being a shift in focus from subject expertise, silo thinking and regulatory rituals. The general assumption … Continue reading

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America’s reading problem vs the dyslexia debate: the hegemony of the /right/, institutional inertia and radicalisation

In literate societies writing (and reading) defines our sense of self. It is therefore worth taking Gillian Tett’s ‘America’s reading problem’ FT.COM MAGAZINE December 19 /20 2015′ further in a wider educational, economic and political context. However I’d best start … Continue reading

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Right to left reading writing: what a 4 year old can teach us

Walking back home, uphill, with my 4 year old grandson, Gabriel, the other day, we were chatting when he announced that he lived at “two two four”. In fact he lives at 422 ie. “four two two”. Clearly he has … Continue reading

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Uta Frith vs Julian Elliott on dyslexia: and autism

Those familiar with Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence, won’t be surprised at Uta Frith’s (FT Pioneering Force 11 October 12 October 2014 ) disagreement with Julian Elliott over the nature of dyslexia and its treatment. They inhabited … Continue reading

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Flowers (of Co-op infamy) and the validity of psychometric testing

The FT August 8, 2014 reported on the Co-op’s corporate governance overhaul. It reported that the former methodist minister, Paul Flowers was branded “unqualified” for the role following the bank’s near collapse. The most important revelation, however, from a psychologist’s perspective … Continue reading

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BPS condemns expert’s action-research practice.

Faigman argues that as a general matter the various types of expert testimony courts see can be divided roughly into five categories. In summary: In the first category are experts who propose to testify to a general or specific scientific … Continue reading

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The BPS would be happy with a 12 year old writing an expert witness report: would you?

The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) official position on the expertise required for a Chartered  (Educational) Psychologist’s witness report to be regarded as expert is that it should be capable of being comprehended by those with a Reading Age of 12.  … Continue reading

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The NHS isn’t the only organisation to impose gagging orders: the BPS does so too

The NHS isn’t the only organization to impose gagging orders on its staff. The BPS has effectively done so on at least one of its members since 2006. For what can only be described as self-serving reasons the British Psychological … Continue reading

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Is the description ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbledegook? The British Psychological Society says “Yes”.

Is the attribution ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbleydegook? The British Psychological Society (BPS) believes it is. Since these attributes, used separately, describe how the BPS itself operates the question arises as to why it should regard the concatenation to … Continue reading

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What do the global financial crisis, Lance Armstrong, Jimmy Savile and the British Psychological Society have in common?

What have the following in common? The global financial crisis; Lance Armstrong; MPs’ expenses, the press phone hacking and the Jimmy Savile scandals; the list is almost endless. The, perhaps, non-obvious answer is they are all instances of systemic failure within institutions … Continue reading

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