Year: 2018

‘Psychology of Christmas’ media round-up

So this is Christmas; and what have you done? Well, this is what I’ve done: a whole lot of media, surrounding my public lecture on ‘The Psychology of Christmas‘ just the other week. Turns out lots of people are interested in Christmas. Who knew? I’ve made a list (I’ve even […]

The Psychology of Christmas

There is one. A Psychology of Christmas, that is. Here I am over at TheJournal.ie going on about it, as usual: In the 1930s, US President Calvin Coolidge made the following observation on the annual yuletide festivities: “Christmas is not a time nor a season,” he said, “but a state […]

Psychology is (not?) fine

Today I will be doing a turn. Actually, two turns. (Three, if you include tomorrow.) This afternoon I have the honour of being a keynote speaker at the Psychological Society of Ireland’s annual conference, here in Wexford City (Ireland’s “sunny southeast”, where roadside strawberries come from, and opera). My talk […]

The Triumph of Eminence-Based Medicine

Lines are drawn A quarter of a million Britons are believed to have myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), the condition that sometimes overlaps with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS is a severe debilitating illness that renders patients either temporarily or perennially immobile. Sufferers will have often led very active lives before being […]

Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

And I’m one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making “patient activitists,” rather than for scientific reasons. Claims that Cochrane had been harassed were made not by Cochrane themselves, but, rather, […]