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 […]

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

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