BJP Virtual Issue: A selection of the most important articles drawn from the hundred-year archive of the British Journal of Psychology

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"The British Journal of Psychology (BJP) is the flagship publication of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and its archive, spanning more than one-hundred years, holds contributions by some of the best-known figures in psychological science. We have selected 11 of the most influential articles, authored (or co-authored) by the following: Jean Piaget, J.B. Watson, Frederic Bartlett, J.J. Gibson, Raymond B. Cattell, Marian Annett, R. Conrad, Vicki Bruce, John Archer, Henri Tajfel and P.N. Johnson-Laird. The article by Piaget is the first English translation of a paper that was originally published in French in 1928. All eleven articles are on topics for which these scholars are internationally recognized." Continue reading editorial.

EDITORIAL: A SELECTION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLES DRAWN FROM THE HUNDRED-YEAR ARCHIVE OF THE BJP
PETER MITCHELL and EAMONN FERGUSON

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Published: 08 Nov 2012

REASONING AND A SENSE OF REALITY Journal Article

Edited by: P. N. JOHNSON‐LAIRD, PAOLO LEGRENZI, MARIA SONINO LEGRENZI

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1972.tb01287.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

An experiment was performed to determine whether the use of realistic materials would improve performance in a deceptive reasoning problem. The task involved selecting from a set of envelopes those which, if they were turned over, could violate a given rule. The rule concerned either a realistic relation (‘if a letter is sealed, then it has a 50 lire stamp on it’) or else an arbitrary relation between symbols (‘if a letter has an A on one...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 63 Issue 3 (August 1972)

Is thinking merely the action of language mechanisms? Journal Article

Edited by: John B. Watson

  • DOI: 10.1348/000712608X336095
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 100 Issue S1 (April 2009)

La causalité chez l'enfant (Children's understanding of causality) Journal Article

Edited by: J. Piaget

  • DOI: 10.1348/000712608X336059
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 100 Issue S1 (April 2009)

Feeling, imaging and thinking Journal Article

Edited by: F. C. Bartlett

  • DOI: 10.1348/000712608X336068
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 100 Issue S1 (April 2009)

VISUALLY CONTROLLED LOCOMOTION AND VISUAL ORIENTATION IN ANIMALS Journal Article

Edited by: JAMES J. GIBSON

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1958.tb00656.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

A general theory of locomotor behaviour in relation to physical objects is presented. Since the controlling stimulation for such behaviour is mainly optical, this involves novel assumptions about object perception and about what is called ‘visual kinaesthesis’. Evidence for these assumptions is cited. On the basis of this theory it is possible to suppose that animals are visually oriented to the surfaces of their environment, not merely...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 49 Issue 3 (August 1958)

Personality structure and measurement II: The determination and utility of trait modality Journal Article

Edited by: R. B. Cattell

  • DOI: 10.1348/000712608X344807
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 100 Issue S1 (April 2009)

A CLASSIFICATION OF HAND PREFERENCE BY ASSOCIATION ANALYSIS Journal Article

Edited by: MARIAN ANNETT

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1970.tb01248.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

An association analysis was made of the responses of young adults to a hand‐preference questionnaire. Many patterns of preference were distinguished and there were no marked differences between adjacent classes. These findings are believed to demonstrate that hand preference is distributed continuously and not discretely. When it is necessary to classify handedness, the preference continuum can be divided at several levels of...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 61 Issue 3 (August 1970)

Understanding face recognition Journal Article

Edited by: Vicki Bruce, Andy Young

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1986.tb02199.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

The aim of this paper is to develop a theoretical model and a set of terms for understanding and discussing how we recognize familiar faces, and the relationship between recognition and other aspects of face processing. It is suggested that there are seven distinct types of information that we derive from seen faces; these are labelled pictorial, structural, visually derived semantic, identity‐specific semantic, name, expression and...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 77 Issue 3 (August 1986)

The influence of testosterone on human aggression Journal Article

Edited by: John Archer

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1991.tb02379.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

Animal studies show clear evidence for a causal link between testosterone and aggression. This review assesses studies involving androgens, principally testosterone, and human aggression. Evidence for a possible effect of prenatal androgens is inconclusive. In adults, higher testosterone levels are found in groups selected for high levels of aggressiveness. Correlations between testosterone and aggression were low when hostility...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 82 Issue 1 (February 1991)

CLASSIFICATION AND QUANTITATIVE JUDGEMENT Journal Article

Edited by: HENRI TAJFEL, A. L. WILKES

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1963.tb00865.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

The investigation is concerned with the effects on judgement of some relations between the manner in which stimuli of a series are classified and the magnitudes of the stimuli. It is shown that when the classification stands in a direct and predictable relation to a physical scale, the stimuli belonging to different classes are judged as farther apart on that scale than in an unclassified series. A classification which is not coherently...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 54 Issue 2 (May 1963)

ACOUSTIC CONFUSIONS IN IMMEDIATE MEMORY Journal Article

Edited by: R. CONRAD

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1964.tb00899.x
  • Published Date: April 13, 2011

Sequences of 6 letters of the alphabet were visually presented for immediate recall to 387 subjects. Errors showed a systematic relationship to original stimuli. This is held to meet a requirement of the decay theory of immediate memory. The same letter vocabulary was used in a test in which subjects were required to identify the letters spoken against a white noise background. A highly significant correlation was...

Published in: British Journal of Psychology - Volume 55 Issue 1 (February 1964)

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