Dr Raj Persaud
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Dr Raj Persaud is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked as a
Consultant at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Hospitals in London
from 1994-2008, and as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of
Psychiatry, University of London. These are the premiere research and training institutions
for Psychiatry in Europe.

He was also Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA
and Institute of Neurology at Queens Square. His training in psychiatry
since leaving UCH medical school in1986 was entirely at the Institute of
Psychiatry and the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals.
Unusually for a psychiatrist, he also holds a degree in psychology,
obtained with First Class Honours, and 8 other degrees and diplomas
including a Masters in Statistics. He was awarded the Royal College
of Psychiatrists’ Research Prize and Medal as well as The Maudsley
Hospital's own Denis Hill Prize, and The Osler Medal. The Royal
College of Psychiatrists' recently also awarded him the Morris Markowe
Prize for his Public Education endeavours.

In 2004 he was appointed Visiting Professor for Public Understanding
of Psychiatry at Gresham College, and he was asked by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists to edit its first book aimed at educating the
public on psychology and psychiatry. 'The Mind: A Users Guide’ was
published in 2007 and reached the top ten best-seller list. All of his 5
previous books have been top ten best-sellers.

His writing is in several established textbooks, including the Oxford
Companion to the Mind and he has contributed a chapter in the latest
comprehensive textbook of psychiatry for trainees: Psychiatry – An
Evidence Based Text. He has approaching 100 publications in Journals
such as The British Journal of Psychiatry, British Medical Journal and
The Lancet.

Recently he was elected Fellow of University College London and the
Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is patron or supporter of numerous
mental health charities including OCD-UK, The Manic Depression
Fellowship, Association of Post-Natal Illness, Childline, Action Aid
and The Samaritans.

The Independent on Sunday Newspaper conducted a
poll amongst members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the
Institute of Psychiatry to discover who were the top ten psychiatrists
in the UK as rated by fellow psychiatrists. Dr Raj Persaud was the
youngest doctor to make it into this esteemed list.

Entries by Dr Raj Persaud

Why the Polls Got It Wrong Over the UK General Election and Why It Matters

(1) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (11:59)

Polling before UK Election Day proved surprisingly inaccurate at predicting the final result; the British Polling Council is reportedly setting up an independent enquiry into what went wrong.

The BBC Poll of Polls up until May 6th put the Conservatives on 34%, Labour 33%, UKIP 13% and...

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The Love Vote - How Your Partner Swings the Election

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (18:15)

Which single individual is going to influence you in how to vote in the general election more than any other?

Recent research suggests voters will be most swayed by a spouse.

A study entitled 'The Political Values and Choices of Husbands and...

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How to Tell If a Politician Is Lying

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2015 | (10:40)

There is an old joke which asks - how to tell if a politician is lying? The answer - if they are moving their lips.

In the midst of an election campaign a more scientific answer to this vital question may be provided by some recently published...

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Latest Psychological Research on Attraction and Infidelity Answers the Question - Can 'Eye Candy' Always be Resisted?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2015 | (06:32)

Resisting temptation lies at the heart of successful living - for example - not surrendering to the allure of fattening foods, nor spending too much, and resisting attractive alternatives to your current partner.

Psychologists John Lydon and Johan Karremans from McGill University, Canada and Radboud University, The Netherlands, have recently...

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The Latest Psychological Research Suggests Daydreams Hold the Secret of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (10:37)

Friday March 20th is 'International Day of Happiness' - but amongst all the dubious advice that is inevitably going to pedalled as the secret to happiness - what does psychology and science reveal as the most practical way to achieve greater well-being quickly?

The answer may come as a...

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As Bill Gates is Declared the World's Richest Man (again) - Can Psychology Explain How to Become a Billionaire?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2015 | (15:29)

The BBC News website reports Forbes Magazine annual list of world's billionaires has declared Bill Gates is the richest man in the world.

It's the 16th time he has topped these annual charts.

Bill Gates' net worth is reported to be $79 billion, and...

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Are 'Hookups' Changing the Way Men and Women View Each Other?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (16:17)

A new study has found that the rise of 'hookups', or sex without commitment, could be having an unexpected impact, particularly on the way women assess men's bodies.

This new research, on the kind of ideal body men and women prefer in romantic heterosexual partners, also...

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The Psychology of Valentine's Day - Who Says 'I Love You' First and Who Really Means It?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (16:07)

In recent psychology research, nearly nine out of ten people believed that it is women who fall in love first in a romantic relationship.

In the study, entitled, Women and men in love: Who really feels it and says it first?, seven out of ten people believed that a...

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Andy Murray, Mental Toughness and the 'Inner Game'.

(1) Comments | Posted 2 February 2015 | (07:38)

The BBC News website is reporting that Pat Cash declared Andy Murray "melted down and collapsed" in his loss to Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray blamed becoming distracted by Novak Djokovic's fitness problems, which emerged during the Australian Open Tennis Final.

But this possibly indicates a key problem related...

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As Kim Sears Is Caught Cursing on Camera, Can Psychology Answer the Question - Why Do Women Swear?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2015 | (08:51)

Kim Sears, the fiancée of Andy Murray, has been caught on camera, apparently mouthing off. This has captured the public imagination, so much so that the incident threatens to overshadow the battling Scot's progress to the Australian Open final.

Given how common swearing is these days, why has the...

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As the US President Meets the Prime Minister of India - Are Leaders who Love Themselves Good for You?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (13:49)

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, it has been revealed, has his own name sewn into his suit pinstripe, so there has been negative reaction from political opponents on whether this reveals extreme narcissism in his personality.

But maybe we shouldn't be too surprised that our leaders are more...

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Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

(2) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (17:48)

US Serial killer and rapist, Ted Bundy, who shortly before his execution confessed to 30 homicides committed in the 1970's, claimed that "he could tell a victim by the way she walked down the street, the tilt of her head, the manner in which she carried herself, etc . ....

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Satirical Magazine Staff Murdered in Paris - Can Psychology Explain why Satire Provokes Violence?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2015 | (12:19)

People across the world reel in shock from the terrorist attack in Paris, but particularly jolting is that cartoonists and humourists, who merely poke fun at politics and religion, were targets for such a murderous response.

There also appears to be a psychological link with the other news story...

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Is Christmas Killing the Planet?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2014 | (07:34)

Academics at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong, have recently published an investigation into how Christmas uniquely threatens the environment.

Their research into those who are extremely frugal throughout the year, found even these guardians of the ecology are still driven to materially splurge at...

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Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life

(9) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (23:00)

A new scientific review into the apparently inevitable decline of sexual desire, and arousal, in response to 'partner familiarity', has just been published from the University of British Columbia.

Academics Heather Morton and Dr Boris Gorzalka examined the impact of a new partner on sexual arousal and desire, and whether...

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Does Desire for Revenge Explain CIA Practice of Severe Interrogation?

(2) Comments | Posted 15 December 2014 | (12:08)

If torture, or 'severe interrogation', is so ineffective in gaining useful intelligence - as is widely believed - why did the CIA persist with it over such an extended period?

An academic psychologist and lawyer may have come up with a possible answer, implicating the psychological state...

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'Accounting' for CIA Torture and Kidnapping - Accountants Reveal the Secret Business Behind Brutality

(1) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (20:10)

Michele Chwastiak from the University of New Mexico, United States has just published an analysis exposing the aviation companies complicit in the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

Aspects of CIA abduction and cruelty were revealed by mundane accounts which accidentally came to light, when two of the subcontractors for the...

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Why the Funniest Comedians Die First

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (14:56)

A study about to be published in the 'International Journal of Cardiology' has found that the funniest comedians suffer dramatically reduced longevity, compared to their relatively less funny counterparts.

The research, from the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, analysed the life span of 53 male British comedians...

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Why the Funniest Comedians Die First

(5) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (14:38)

A study about to be published in the 'International Journal of Cardiology' has found that the funniest comedians suffer dramatically reduced longevity, compared to their relatively less funny counterparts.

The research, from the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, analysed the life span of 53 male British comedians...

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'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad for You

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (14:55)

Researchers based at the University of Colorado and the Illinois Institute of Technology have just published a study which examines what they describe as a 'subtle form of sex discrimination', occurring when attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty.

This is part...

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