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As I waited for a flight ahead of my holiday this year, I browsed the books in an airport store to find something to keep me occupied. One title automatically grabbed my attention – “Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World”. The book promised to explore the cultural, economic, and (most […]

“Post-Truth” (Book Review 2017)





We are all intrigued by crime. Yet how we view prisoners from a human rights perspective, and the conditions in which they are housed, are both important questions that receive little measured popular attention. Towl and Crighton’s Suicide in Prisons is a timely book that draws attention to these issues […]

“Suicide in Prisons” (Book Review 2017)


Identity politics is all around us. News bulletins, social media feeds, and broader social discussions are filled with claims and counter-claims of racism, sexism, or some other emerging forms of bigotry. With this in mind, I was interested in Channel 4’s documentary “Is Love Racist? The Dating Game”. The documentary […]

“Is Love Racist?” (TV Review 2017)


I’m currently in Edinburgh for the conference of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP 2017) – the annual convention where the great and the good of political psychological research gather to share their latest research findings. While I’m waiting for my talk on Sunday morning (for delegates – 8:30am in […]

ISPP 2017 – My Thoughts on Day 1





Psychologists (and wider society) are becoming increasingly aware that we make political decisions using intuitions – non-conscious gut feelings – rather than through rational debate and consideration of evidence. In this post, I want to outline one influential theory that helps us to explain how and why we do this: […]

Introducing Moral Foundations Theory



The BBC Panorama documentary on HMP Northumberland, which aired on 13th February 2017, told a story that has been known by criminologists and forensic psychologists for a long time. First, our prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and there aren’t enough staff to maintain effective control. Added into that now, though, was […]

Four Steps to Real Prison Reform