1) Ben Goldacre On Bad Science Here’s Ben Goldacre at Imaging The Future Of Medicine a few months ago talking about bad science. His claims go beyond the issues of mental health which are the focus of this course but he has some useful things to say and a powerful case to make. Medicine makes […]

A couple of days late due to the end of term ….. 1) Varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy And Smoking Elsewhere on this blog, we have seen research suggesting that Varenicline is an effective biological intervention to help people stop smoking. Varenicline seems to work well in combination with Bupropion. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140708165717.htm#.U71ERKFbwEw.twitter This article looks at what […]

General Well done to the people who have done this. I have seen several examples of people who have already showed that they can get themselves up to A2 standard. Anything over 20 is very respectable. 23 out of 30 would be A grade standard. Some people are doing even better than that. The question […]

In 12C today, we were fortunate to have a visit from Matt, a former student of mine from Eggbuckland who went on to do a Psychology degree at Plymouth University. It gave us an opportunity to think about how the experience of school, and in particular working on our own research, links to the experience […]

In September, you will be studying Eating Behaviour. As an introduction to this topic, please use the Eating Behaviour category on the blog. The following videos and links are particularly useful:- https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_attia_what_if_we_re_wrong_about_diabetes Please see further link to  http://nusi.org https://www.ted.com/talks/sandra_aamodt_why_dieting_doesn_t_usually_work https://www.dropbox.com/s/19h12u2esluhw0e/Early%20Bird%20Diabetes.mp4with links to work by Terry Wilkin at http://www.earlybirddiabetes.org/findings.phpand  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8144376.stm http://www.ted.com/talks/mick_cornett_how_an_obese_town_lost_a_million_pounds http://www.goos.org.uk https://www.dropbox.com/s/n05xeh2h1w1toc9/Big%20Brain%20Theory.mp4

Some superb work has been done on these projects. Well done. We have managed to develop some scientifically valid research while learning the research methods concepts you need for A2. The stand out finding is that, as with the 2013 projects, there are clear differences in males and females in their attitudes to mental health […]

1) The Science Of The Mind This was broadcast over a week ago but I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047wnyf Several interesting people talking about interesting things.   2) Mental Elf- Comparing Psychological and Biological Therapies So much of what we do about therapies comes down to how we judge […]

1) Stress And CHD In AS Stress, we look at the relationship between stress and coronary heart disease, looking at Friedman and Rosenman’s study of Type A personality. The thing we don’t look at in detail is why stress should be related to CHD. This interview focuses on a piece of research which might help […]

1) A Few Things About Depression When we look at CBT both in relation to depression but also in other areas, we look at the idea that CBT works better for some people than for others. It is therefore difficult to make a claim about the effectiveness of CBT: so much depends on the suitability […]

1) Evolutionary Explanations Of Fighting Behaviour In our A2 course, we look at two lots of evolutionary explanation in some detail. In Eating Behaviour, we consider evolutionary explanations of food preference. We consider specifically the idea that we have evolved to be an intelligent species which eats cooked meat. The discovery of how to cook […]


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