1) Brain Stimulation For OCD When we study OCD, we look at the effect of deep brain stimulation. This study shows how that research moves on. Two specific areas deep within the brain are named.   2) Rorschach This video relates to ideas within the psychodynamic approach which we explore in Year 2.   3) […]

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

1) Some Follow Up To Our Mindfulness Practical Our work in the Year 1 practical showed the benefit of meditation and exposure to a biodiverse environment in helping people manage stress. This article looks at issues of access to green space, focusing in particular on access to national parks. This article summarises research about the long […]

1) Following On From Our Practical Firstly, the video extract we watched to explain the impact of the natural environment is now here. It’s powerful. This research paper came out last week. It comes from the Myriad team who are researching the introduction of mindfulness training into schools. For mindfulness to be accepted and be […]

1) Electro-Convulsive Therapy We used to study this as part of our A Level. Many myths surround its use. Here is a useful and balanced view from TED-Ed.   2) CBT For Weight Loss When we study psychological explanations of obesity, we look at how distorted beliefs about diets leads to people gaining weight. This […]

1) Food This follow up episode to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series last spring is worth watching. It has a similar blend to the original programmes: campaigning on food marketing and labelling alongside a personal story about the battle to lose weight. There was reference to evolutionary explanations of food preference, focusing on the combination of fat and […]

1) The New Prescription For Happiness In Year 1 in a few weeks, we will do a practical comparing different approaches to reducing stress: mindfulness and walking in green space. This article is therefore timely. It explores how people are using simple, everyday activities as a route to well-being as an alternative, or perhaps in […]

1) What Makes Me, Me? This is the third of this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. It’s aimed at an audience younger than sixth form but deals with some of the content of our course – natural selection, lactase persistence – as well as presenting contemporary controversies about genes and environment. It is worth sticking […]

1) Recovery After Trauma We think about this in Year 2 Biopsychology. Here are some individual stories of trauma and recovery sensitively told.   2) How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety In our course, we look at the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and flooding in treating phobias. SD works on the principle […]

1) Hyperthymesia This video from SciShow explains hyperthymesia, also known as highly superior autobiographical memory. There are references to the work we do on memory and also on OCD. This article makes a link to the practical we run on false memory at the start of Year 2.   2) How The Brain Works This […]