Tag Archives: Psychologists

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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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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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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Andrea Pecherek, chartered psychologist and Bond Solon expert witness, blocks diagnosis and treatment of latent /converted handedness

Andrea Pecherek, a British Psychological Society (BPsS) and Bond Solon expert witness, has prevented all chartered psychologists in the UK from gaining expertise in recognizing, diagnosing and managing latent and converted handedness. Pecherek has done so from her erstwhile position … Continue reading

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The British Psychological Society or a branch of the American Psychological Association?

In the British Psychological Society’s written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology committee on the peer review process we find the following Americanisms: 1.1 “the main strengths of peer review lie in its usage of experts to … Continue reading

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The hegemony of psychology in education

Despite psychologists forever telling teachers how to teach so that pupils and students learn and so that learning difficulties can be overcome, employers complain still about the lack of a sufficiently skilled work force; politicians complain about poor reading and … Continue reading

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The dyslexo-centric universe: its pre-Copernican status & fabro-centric alternative

The dyslexo-centric universe At the heart of the dyslexo-centric universe is the definition of the word dyslexia itself. Thus as an entity ‘dyslexia’ is rather curiously defined as a specific but multifaceted neurological condition involving a phonological language deficit. The … Continue reading

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