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 […]

1) Follow Up From Last Week I finally got round to watching the programmes linked in last week’s blog. On the obesity programme, here is a link to the study run by Sadaf Farooqi at Cambridge. She appears in a documentary I used to show classes made about 15 years ago explaining how siblings were […]

To introduce this sub-topic, watch this extract from Panorama. It concerns some deserters from the Syrian army. I’ll try to explain in the lesson something about the conflict in Syria. If you want to know more, follow this link to the BBC website. There are three questions we can ask based on the psychology of […]


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