Section Editors

  • Steven Barger, Northern Arizona University
  • Gordon Harold, University of Leicester
  • Scott Barry Kaufman, New York University
  • Johanna Kissler, University of Bielefeld
  • Keith R Laws, University of Hertfordshire

Editorial Advisors

  • Dorothy Bishop, University of Oxford
  • Irismar Reis de Oliveira, Federal University of Bahia
  • Rosemary Tannock, The Hospital for Sick Children

Executive Editor

  • Alice Murray, BioMed Central


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    Bereavement photography in practice

    A qualitative study with bereaved parents reveals that many are in favour of perinatal post-mortem photography, even if they were initially resistant to the idea, highlighting the importance of healthcare providers’ understanding and best practice of this psychosocial intervention.

    BMC Psychology 2014, 2:15
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    Mood matters for cognition

    For a sample of older adults, positive mood traits seemed to predict improved sustained attention whereas negative ones predicted better spatial working memory.

    BMC Psychology 2014, 2:11
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    A helping hand

    A qualitative study explores personal, social and cultural factors that affect help-seeking intention during depression, highlighting the importance of family interventions and encouraging more audience-oriented media campaigns to promote help seeking.

    BMC Psychology 2014, 2:9
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    Birth-weight linked to personality?

    Males born with lower weight, length, and head-circumference were found to have higher scores on the lie-scale as young adults, indicating the potential influence of prenatal and early postnatal development on personality.

    BMC Psychology 2014, 2:8
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    Psychosocial support following stroke

    A feasibility study provides support for a dialogue-based nursing intervention aimed at promoting psychosocial health and wellbeing in stroke survivors.

    BMC Psychology 2014, 2:4


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Editors' profile

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. Dr. Kaufman is one of the world's foremost experts on the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality in education, business, and society. He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness. He holds a doctorate from Yale University and a Masters degree from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. In addition to co-editing the well-regarded The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Dr. Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, forthcoming from Basic Books. He is also co-founder of The Creativity Post, a non-profit web platform that features quality content on creativity, innovation and imagination, and author of the blog Beautiful Minds for Psychology Today.

"BMC Psychology is an important new outlet for high quality research studies across a broad range of sub disciplines within psychology. The combination of high standards and open access make this journal part of the wave of the future. I expect this journal will be a valuable resource for psychologists and will stimulate new interdisciplinary collaborations and theories."

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