Can Psychology Change The World?

‘I believe psychology has a key part to play in getting crime out of our cities, litter off our streets, illiteracy out of our schools and inequity out of our society’
– Tommy MacKay, 2001

It can also play a central role in tackling pollution in our atmosphere, obesity in our children, breakdown in international relations and oppression and injustice in our world.

Psychology, of course, is not the ultimate answer to the practical and spiritual needs of humankind. But as the discipline that deals scientifically with the study of that which is the root cause of most of the world’s problems – human behaviour and relationships – its potential role is vast.

See Tommy MacKay’s BBC Royal Institution lecture and his address on winning the British Psychological Society’s Distinguished Contributions Award – Can Psychology Change the World?