Category: Competitions

Win a BPS-approved textbook on forensic psychology

12/3/12 update: this competition is now closed and the winners have been contacted. 


We’ve got two copies of the just-released “Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law, Interventions 2nd edition“, edited by Graham Davies and Anthony Beech, to give away, kindly donated to us by Wiley-Blackwell.

For your chance to win, either tweet or add a comment to this post, saying which is your favourite Digest blog post of 2012 so far – with a link to the post if there’s room. 

If you tweet your answer, make sure you mention @researchdigest and use the hashtag #Forensicpsychcomp

If you post your answer as a comment to this blog post, make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.

At the end of the week, we’ll pick at random one answer from all entries on Twitter and one answer from the comments section of this blog post*. 

Good luck!

*Digest Facebook followers can also enter the competition via the Digest Facebook page – for the purposes of choosing a winner, their entries will be included alongside the blog comments (see the Digest Facebook page for more info)

Two chances to win The Psychology Book from DK

This competition is now closed and the winners have been contacted. The correct answer was James Cattell


We’ve got two copies of The Psychology Book from Dorling Kindersley to give away, kindly donated to us by the publisher (look out for a review in a forthcoming issue of The Psychologist).

With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies hard-to-grasp concepts and shows how these have shaped our knowledge of the human mind. All the schools of psychology are covered from cognitive to behavioural psychology making this ideal for students or for anyone with a general interest in this popular area.”

For your chance to win, answer the following question: Which psychologist bought the prestigious American journal Science in 1894, and then edited it for the next 50 years?
Post the answer to us on Twitter (mention @researchdigest and use the hashtag #thepsychbookcomp) or post the answer as a comment to this post (if you use the comment option, please provide a way for us to contact you).
At the end of the week, we’ll pick at random one correct answer from all entries on Twitter and one correct answer from the comments section of this blog post. 
Good luck!

Win a BPS-approved textbook on evolutionary psychology

This competition is now closed. The answer was Herbert Spencer. 

We’ve got two copies of Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction by Dr Viren Swami to give away, kindly donated to us by Wiley-Blackwell.

For your chance to win, answer the following question: Who first coined the phrase “Survival of the fittest”?
Post the answer to us on Twitter (mention @researchdigest and use the hashtag #Swamicomp) or post the answer as a comment to this post (if you use the comment option, please provide a way for us to contact you).
At the end of the week, we’ll pick randomly one correct answer from all entries on Twitter and one correct answer from the comments section of this blog post. 
Good luck! 

Two chances to win the BPS-approved Psychopathology textbook by Graham Davey

update 23 Jan: This competition is now closed.


update 12 Jan 2012 12.15 hrs: We still don’t have our second winner! OK – simply RT the Digest’s Twitter message about this competition today and I’ll pick a winner at random at the end of the day. Good luck. 


update 9 Jan 2012, 10.22 hrs: The rules of the competition have been relaxed. There’s still one copy left to win. Now you need only have someone with more than 50,000 followers retweet you mentioning @researchdigest and #psychopathologycomp. The winner themselves must have fewer than 50,000 followers. Let me know (via @researchdigest) if you succeed. The first person to succeed, and inform me they’ve done so, will win the book. Good luck!


update 19 Dec, 13.50hrs: one copy still left to be won.

We’ve got two copies of the BPS-approved textbook Psychopathology by Graham Davey to give away, kindly donated to us by Wiley-Blackwell.


How to win
This competition challenges your influence on Twitter. Your task is to get someone with a verified Twitter account to retweet (old style new or old style) you mentioning @researchdigest and #psychopathologycomp. The first two people to achieve this goal will win a copy of the book. Make sure you tweet us (@researchdigest) when you think you’ve succeeded. Good luck!

Small print

Sorry, on this occasion, holders of verified Twitter accounts cannot win the book for themselves. 

Five chances to win a copy of Psychology for Dummies!

Update: This competition is now closed.

We’ve got five copies of Psychology for Dummies by Adam Cash to give away, kindly donated by John Wiley.

How to enter
Please tell us when/where you most enjoy reading the BPS Research Digest blog or email newsletter. Tell us in a Tweet (mention @researchdigest AND #digestinthebath) or by using the comments function beneath this post. If you use the comments function here, make sure you leave a way for us to contact you. This coming Friday 16 Dec, we’ll pick five different entries (three people from Twitter and two from here on the blog) at random as the winners. Good luck!

Four chances to win a free BPS-approved psychology textbook!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED. Thanks for all your lovely comments!

We’ve got two copies of An Introduction to Developmental Psychology (edited by Alan Slater and Gavin Bremner) and two copies of Applied Psychology (edited by Graham Davey) to give away, kindly donated by Wiley-Blackwell.

How to enter
To have a chance to win, please say why you like the BPS Research Digest: either in a Tweet (mention @researchdigest) or by using the comments function beneath this post. Include the initials DP or AP in your comment, so we know which book you’d prefer, should you win. Also, if you use the comments function here, make sure you leave a way for us to contact you. Next Friday 4 Nov, we’ll pick four different entries (two people from Twitter and two from here) at random as the winners. Good luck!

Free signed copy of The Rough Guide to Psychology for the 2,000,000th visitor to the Digest blog

Update: this competition is now closed. The Digest blog visitor count is currently on 1,958,929 and fast approaching the two million mark. To celebrate, I’m offering a free signed copy of The Rough Guide to Psychology to the 2,000,000th visitor (or the next closest), who should arrive within the next few weeks, depending on traffic to the blog. I’ll tweet some reminders as the target draws nearer.

If the 2,000,000th visitor is you, to claim your prize you’ll need to make a note of the time and take a screen grab of the Digest blog with the visitor counter plum on the 2,000,000 mark. Email your screen-grab and the timing (this is to prevent cheating) to christianjarrett[@]gmail.com with the subject line “two million”.

The counter is near the top of the right-hand column of the blog, at the bottom of a box that looks like the pic shown on the right. For tacticians hoping to land on the two millionth visitor spot, there’s also a red icon on the left of the Digest screen that shows you how many people are currently on the site. Also, note that there has to be a 20 minute gap for the same IP address (the identifier for a particular computer) to be counted as a new visitor.

The 2,000,000th visitor may come and go unawares of this prize. If so, I’ll send the book to the next closest after the two million mark. So if you’re near, take a screen-grab and timing and try your luck.

Win a signed copy of The Rough Guide to Psychology

This competition has closed. Thanks for all your entries. The correct answer was William James. The winners are James Hegarty in New Zealand and Libby Berry in Canada. 


The competition

Who is the famous psychologist from psychology’s past pictured on the back of the book? Email your answer to christianjarrett [at] gmail.com, placing “Rough Guide Competition” in the subject line. Entries will be picked at random on Monday 18 April and the first two correct entrants will receive a free, signed copy of The Rough Guide to Psychology.

The book

The Rough Guide to Psychology takes you on a tour of the latest psychological science. Starting with you, your development, your memories, emotions and relationships, it broadens out to consider intelligence, personality, morality, politics, sport, crime, shopping, mental illness and much more. Lavishly illustrated, the accessible approach makes it suitable for beginners, while the coverage of cutting-edge studies and contemporary controversies will appeal to those already expert in the subject.

The reception

The eminent psychologist and Royal Society Fellow Professor Uta Frith called it “frighteningly up-to-date” and said it dealt with the subject with “due wonder” and also “healthy scepticism”. Books Monthly said it was a “wonderful treatise” written “in a language anyone can understand”. Human Givens magazine said it was a “readable romp” with new findings presented “simply and with humour”. The Times said “Dr Jarrett delves inside our grey matter to explain what makes us who we are”. Oliver Burkeman, author of a self-help column for The Guardian said: “Lonely Planet, the gauntlet is thrown!” Mo Costandi, author of the Neurophilosophy book said “it’s produced beautifully”. Claudia Hammond, presenter of BBC Radio Four’s All in the Mind, said “you don’t half cover a lot”.

The author

Christian Jarrett edits the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest and is staff writer on their house magazine The Psychologist. With a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and several writing awards under his belt, Jarrett has published in a host of magazines and newspapers including New Scientist, Psychologies, The Times, Wired, and BBC Focus. In 2008 he co-authored This Book Has Issues, Adventures in Popular Psychology. He also contributed to Mind Hacks and 30-Second Theories. He is editor and contributing author for 30-Second Psychology due later this year.


The Rough Guide to Psychology is available from Amazon and all good book stores.