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Dyslexology: more in common with astrology than with forensic anthropology?

Two weeks ago I attended a lecture on ‘the real world of forensic anthropology’ by Prof Sue Black at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. It was truly inspiring. Prof Black is a leading forensic anthropologist and director of … Continue reading

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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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The media, handedness and paedophilia

Prof Tanya Byron, in BBC4′s ‘The Truth About Child Sex Abuse’, travelled all the way to Toronto to get Prof James Cantor in Toronto to trot out his finding that non-right handedness is more than three times as likely among … Continue reading

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Does the education secretary know the difference between student and pupil.

On 2nd November the education secretary Nicky Morgan justified her proposed reintroduction of national tests for seven-year-olds in England, saying “robust” assessment was needed to measure progress in schools. To quote “To be really confident that students are progressing well … 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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TEDx Salford IV: Festival of the Mind: A handedness meta-perspective

All of last Sunday’s TEDx Salford Festival of the Mind sessions (http://www.tedxsalford.com/) were thoroughly thought provoking. However, for those interested in the link between minds and hands there is another, greater-than-the sum-of the-parts, meta-perspective worth commenting on. Up to the … 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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The creative spark and dyslexia

In commenting on Gillian Tett’s “How to ignite the creative spark” (FT August 16/17 2014) Mereengineer (FT Magazine, Issue number 577) comments on only one aspect of her account, namely that of creating an ‘open-ended’ environment composed of individuals from … Continue reading

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Nadal’s ‘agitated’ right hand!

I have long been puzzled by Rafael’s complicated right hand rituals as he is about to serve with his left hand. I didn’t attempt to solve this puzzle until recently hearing a commentator say that Nadal played tennis with his … Continue reading

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Alex Polizzi and Gordon Ramsay: progressive problem shifting exemplars?

Neither Alex Polizzi nor Gordon Ramsay are known as cognitive behavioural therapists nor advocates of ‘the talking cures’. And yet anyone who has watched Alex Polizzi in her role as The Fixer on TV’s BBC 2 or Gordon Ramsay in … Continue reading

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