1) Diets Again I posted last week a link to a BBC story about diets. There’s a dispute going on at the moment between supporters of low carb and low fat diets. This story seemed to suggest that really it doesn’t matter which you choose provided that you stick to it. This blog offers a […]

I’ve spent some time looking at both the AS and A2 exam results from DHSG and DHSB. I can see marks for individual questions and can relate these to how we covered each topic and how students did in assessments. I also have access to mark schemes and examiners’ reports. A2 I spent a lot […]

A day or two late. It has been a busy week ….. 1) Ashya King I’ve been following the story this week, mostly because the hospital from which he was taken by his parents, Southampton General, is the hospital in which I was born. It has, however, been interesting from  a Psychology point of view […]

1) Synaptic Pruning And Autism When we study biological explanations of social cognition, we look at the process of synaptic pruning which happens during adolescence. The brain seems to go through a process of reorganisation where connections between synapses are reduced and the amount of grey matter declines. The idea is that this happens in […]

1) Uta Frith On The History Of Autism http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/blog/2014/guest-blog-london-as-a-crucible-for-autism-in-the-1950s In this article, Uta Frith explains some of the background to the development of autism as a diagnosis. Three important ideas emerge from this. Firstly, it is worth reminding ourselves how recent the classification and diagnosis of autism is. Uta Frith started a PhD in 1964 at […]

1) Robin Williams Robin Williams, the film actor and comedian, died this week. Much has been said about his experience of depression. Some of the reporting has been sensationalist and irresponsible. Of all the things I have seen, I think Alastair Campbell does the best job. http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2014/08/12/may-robin-williams-tragic-end-herald-the-start-of-new-attitudes-to-depression/   2) Asylum History I have had the […]

This is a link to the website of the Higher Education Academy. Their role is to provide advice and support to universities. They have a Psychology specialist https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/node/3269 This is the document they have produced about Psychology and employability. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/psychology-dept-employability-guide.pdf With UCAS on the horizon, people thinking about Psychology degrees inevitably want to know where a […]

1) PPAR Gamma Receptors And Obesity Our knowledge of neural mechanisms which control eating is increasing rapidly. The model which appears in the text books we use at A Level has a very simple account. We have a dual process system inside our brains. When there aren’t enough nutrients in our system, the LH kicks […]

1) Insel And Others – The BRAIN Project This is a discussion programme based on President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. The speakers, including Thomas Insel, are big hitters in the field. There are many gems in this wide ranging discussion. I’m struck by how quickly the technology is changing, which enables rapid advances in knowledge. The […]

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 […]

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