1) The Neuroscience Of Memory This year in AS Memory, I have given you the opportunity to see some current research on the neuroscience of memory. The idea has been to see how the models of forty or fifty years ago have been built on as we have understood more about how the brain works. […]

1) Repressed Memories Of Abuse At the end of last week, we watched Elizabeth Loftus’ TED talk on “The Fiction Of Memory” as an introduction into eye witness testimony and Loftus’ research. Our course focuses on eye witness testimony but Loftus’ work on recovered memories of abuse and the controversy that that research has produced […]

1) Attitudes To Mental Illness Although it seems a long way away, it is still my intention to carry on with research work from the last few years on attitudes to mental illness once the AS exams are over. A few things have happened this week which have made me realise that this remains an […]

1) Mindfulness http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11161367/Mindfulness-does-it-really-live-up-to-the-hype.html#disqus_thread I’ve written posts about mindfulness and its relationship to therapy on this blog before. The difference this time is that I had a go at it during one of the training sessions I had to attend this week. It wasn’t the right time or place for me but I got a sense […]

1) Memory, The Hippocampus And HM We’ve had an interesting week in AS looking at the multistore model of memory. In particular, it has been interesting to look at the link between the model and current research into memory. There is a story at the heart of this research which, on the face of it, […]

1) How The Brain Navigates There has been some publicity about the award of the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology to John O’Keefe of UCL and two Norwegian researchers, May-Britt Moser and Edward Moser. Their research has focused on the systems in the brain which allow rats to navigate. Here is the news story. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29504761 This […]

1) Fed Up In connection with the obesity topic in the final section of Eating Behaviour, I came across some information about this film. http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home It features some of the writers and researchers whose work I have used as part of our course over the past five years. It seems to have been fairly well […]

1) Strategies For Memory Improvement I’ve been spending some of the week thinking about how we learn languages. I’ve set my Year 7s a homework where they have to learn some Latin words but also explain in a post on their Google Classroom page how they went about learning them. I’m hoping to have a […]

1) The Biochemistry Of Depression The amine hypothesis is still our starting point for understanding the biology of depression. The idea is that depression is the consequence of¬†imbalances in the key neurotransmitters, noradrenaline and serotonin. It’s an idea that has been around for the best part of half a century and one which is easy […]

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 […]

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