1) Turning Protest Into Powerful Change In the social change sub-topic, we look at how consistency, commitment and flexibility in the face of new evidence work to enable a minority to influence a majority. We look also at the role of majority social influence through normative and informational influence and at the role of authority figures. […]

1) Issues Of Gender These two articles show how Psychology has dealt with gender. The first starts with a disturbing account of an attempt to cure homosexuality before exploring the career of Robert Heath, the man who carried them out. It is easy to see the ethical guidelines under which Psychology now operates as banal and […]

1) Epigenetics If we are going to understand nature and nurture properly, we need to understand epigenetics. Epigenetics describes how some genes are switched on but others are not. This TED-ED video explains the process. This article explains how research into one aspect of epigenetics might explain why we still find it hard to understand […]

1) Is Psychology Really In Crisis? In this article, Keith Laws looks at the replication crisis in Psychology. The article sees the lack of replication of reported by some studies as part of a broader problem with the culture of Psychology. There is a bias in favour of high impact studies whose findings are surprising […]

1) Robert Cialdini On Social Psychology Here’s Robert Cialdini explaining what social psychology, and in particular social influence research, is all about.   2) The Personality Myth This programme from NPR explores personality through several personal stories. In thinking about nature-nurture and free will and determinism, these stories are rather important.   3) Recovering From […]

1) Marcus Munafo On Mental Health Genetics Here’s Marcus Munafo on a Mental Elf podcast. He says many important things about what we do and don’t know about the genetics of mental health. There is much here for our work on nature and nurture. Beyond that, he has something important to say about the connection […]

1) Suzanne Corkin Obituary Suzanne Corkin has died. She is the researcher who worked with HM, Henry Mollison. It is easy to underestimate the validity of case studies. We criticise them because the researcher sometimes becomes too close to the subject of the case study and because case studies can seem like a one-off, making […]

1) Could A Neuroscientist Understand A Microprocessor? This article has as its starting point the analysis of the microprocessor which drove Mac computers 30 years ago. https://elusiveself.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/false-functional-inference-what-does-it-mean-to-understand-the-brain/ It leads to consideration of what we can and cannot infer about the brain. We tend to find the cognitive approach impressive because it uses computer models to describe the […]

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]

1) Food Advertising The way in which food is advertised and packaged gets a mention as a factor influencing attitudes to food and a factor influencing obesity. This article suggests that in addition to bans on television advertising, measures need to be taken to restrict billboard advertising and other forms of marketing. https://theconversation.com/advertising-has-the-power-to-make-children-fat-and-this-needs-to-stop-58899 As with […]

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