1) Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal The work we do on the nature-nurture debate now has its origins in the eugenics movement in the late nineteenth century. This programme explores these ideas. I haven’t watched it yet but it looks excellent.   2) Talking To Children In Year 1, we look caregiver-infant interactions at the start […]

  1) Stanford Prison Experiment This article sums up recent critical evidence for the Stanford Prison Experiment which we will work on in Year 1 soon. Zimbardo’s conclusion, as stated in the video we watch about this study is that you can put good people in an evil place and the evil place wins. A […]

1) Nudges The Year 1 induction task includes a section on nudges. Giles Yeo in the video we watch makes changes to the arrangement of drinks in the fridges of takeaways in order to push people to buy healthier drinks. This article explains a similar process with the online orders at McDonalds.   2) Contagious […]

1) Plasticity Over the summer, I worked a bit on the webpage on localisation of brain function. In particular, I was looking for evidence about recruitment of homologous areas. This article describes research into children who experience strokes at or around the time of birth. The right side of the brain was taking over the […]

1) Definitions Of Abnormality Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.   2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth? Here is a piece of video from the BBC.   3) The History Of Genetics I’ve been […]

1) Drug For Obesity When we study biological explanations of obesity, we consider the impact of the MC4R gene. We also consider this as a piece of socially sensitive research. One of the justifications of the research into the genes for obesity is that even though it labels and possibly stigmatises people, it gives them […]

1) Young, British And Depressed Channel 4 broadcast a programme with this title as part of Dispatches yesterday. I don’t have a link but it should be possible to find it however you access Channel 4. It looked at two specific issues. One was about whether it makes sense to put a label on the […]

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

1) Screen Time Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.   2) And On Gambling …. Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of […]

1) Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me This programme was originally broadcast in 2017 and is back on iPlayer for the next three weeks. It deals not only with the symptoms of autism but asks broader questions about abnormality and cure.   2) All In The Mind This has been a fine series. It looks like […]