1) Professor John Aggleton On Memory This podcast features John Aggleton of Cardiff University. His research is in how memory works inside the brain. He talks about HM, about the complexity of the systems for laying down a memory and the connection to dementia. This talk reminds us of the connection between being able to […]

1) Oxytocin – Myth And Truth Oxytocin is a hormone which has had a mention or two on this blog, most recently last week in relation to research suggesting that it could be used to treat autism. This article explains three of the myths surrounding oxytocin and what research actually tells us. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5594280/no-the-love-hormone-oxytocin-wont-stop-your-spouse-from-cheating It’s a nice […]

A day or two late …. but it is the holidays. 1) Two From The Naked Scientists These podcasts are worth a listen. Both interviews are carried out by school students who ask the right questions. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/specials/show/20140411-4/ This one contains an interview with Dr. Tim Fryer about how PET (Positron Emission Tomography) works. PET is […]

1) Horizon – Living With Autism This was broadcast on Tuesday and is amazing. It features three of my Psychology heroes: Uta Frith, Simon Baron-Cohen and Richard Cowan. The last of these was one of my tutors when I was a student. The programme does a great job both of explaining what we know and […]

1) Young People And Mental Health A couple of conversations I have had with people this week have brought the issue of young people and mental health to the fore. In the AS course, we have been looking at abnormality. Laura pointed out that if conditions like anorexia are so dangerous to significant numbers of […]

The Biological Approach To Psychopathology The core in your skeleton notes refers to two areas where the biological approach has been influential: autism and depression. The core is all you need to know for the exam but following these links will help you to understand more deeply what has been found and what issues remain. […]

1) Why Is Addiction So Powerful? Here is a one minute read from the Neurosphere website on addiction. View story at Medium.com The homepage has access to loads of clearly written and beautifully illustrated short articles. 2) Fast Food And Obesity When we look at psychological explanations of obesity in A2, we look at the […]

First, a reminder of our sensitive issues statement. In studying a course which reflects psychological experiences of modern society, you will be learning about issues and behaviours that you may well find uncomfortable. There will not be many people who have not been affected by psychological disorders either directly or indirectly through family members, friends […]

1) Smoking, Depression And Anxiety And Stress When we study depression, we look at the idea of co-morbidity. People who suffer from depression tend to suffer from something else as well. This is interesting from the point of view of diagnosis because the doctor has to decide whether it is the depression or the other […]

•Outline how the learning approach would explain the maintenance of gambling. (4) (January 2013) •Outline and evaluate the cognitive approach to explaining problem gambling. (4+6) (June 2012) •Outline and evaluate the biological approach to explaining smoking behaviour. (4+4) (January 2012) •Outline how the biological approach would explain the maintenance of gambling. (4) •Outline how the […]

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