1) All In The Mind – Attachment You need to wind about ten minutes into this programme to find a discussion on attachment with Elizabeth Meins. She challenges the way in which attachment is linked to later disorders. She emphasises that attachments are not stable and change over time. She also challenges the idea that […]

1) All In The Mind There’s a very good discussion of work being done to understand depression as a response to changes in the immune system at the end of this week’s All In The Mind. It’s coherent in that it shows us that we do not have to think of depression simply as a […]

1) Louis Theroux – Talking To Anorexia I was a bit nervous about what this programme contains and about putting it on a blog post. There is a danger in writing about anorexia that it is made to seem attractive to those who are vulnerable. That was not the case with this programme. As the […]

1) OCD As Dysfunctional Habit This podcast from MQ looks at OCD not as the product of irrational thinking but as a dysfunctional habit. The idea has been around for a while and is controversial but the research and the personal testimony are interesting.   2) Aspergers And Me Chris Packham’s documentary last week was […]

1) Chris Packham – Asperger’s And Me In this programme, Chris Packham describes his experience of autism. It’s psychologically well informed, with an exploration of brain stimulation and behavioural therapies as treatments for autism. It is also a powerful personal story, questioning our assumptions about abnormality and cure.   2) Obesity This TED introduces obesity […]

1) Virtual Reality Therapy I first showed students videos about this almost 20 years ago. This article explains what is being done with VR therapy now. It looks at how its time may now be coming but also what has prevented its development to this point.   2) Richard Thaler – Nobel Prize Richard Thaler […]

1) The Touch Of Madness This article is a long read but, if you stick with it, a rewarding one. It describes the work of Nev Jones, someone who has both studied psychosis and experienced it. At the heart of this is how we define and respond to abnormality.   2) And Another Long Read […]

1) Conspirators In Their Own Memory Loss We’ve been working this week in Year 1 on explanations of forgetting. We focused on two broader evaluation points. Interference and retrieval failure due to absence as cues as explanations of forgetting are based on inference. They are not based on direct observation but rather are based on […]

1) The Pursuit Of Ignorance Stuart Firestein is a neuroscientist at Columbia University. In this TED Talk, he explains that science should be about what we don’t know more than about what we do know. Knowledge should just make us ask more questions. When we evaluate as part of our course, the idea of identifying […]

1) Researching E-Cigarettes This article explores some of the issues with researching the effects of e-cigarettes. To understand the long-term harm, researchers need to find people who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked. That turns out to be difficult because they don’t want to volunteer to take part.   2) Contagious Behaviour This article is […]