1) Peter Kinderman On Antidepressants And Adolescence Here is Peter Kinderman’s commentary on the report published a couple of weeks ago on the risk of suicide arising from adolescents’ use of antidepressants. https://theconversation.com/when-teenagers-and-antidepressants-are-not-a-good-mix-53945 Kindeman makes a point which has been around for a long time but which is often ignored. Antidepressants energise people but do […]

1) Health Careers – Psychological Therapies The Health Careers website run by the NHS is dedicating the next couple of weeks to careers in psychological therapies. Here is an introductory video. You can find out more here. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies   2) IAPT Improving Access To Psychological Therapy has been a big part of the NHS strategy […]

1) Identification In Crowds This article explains some of the work by John Drury at Sussex University. http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-29/february/riots-crowd-safety It takes as its starting point the idea that people in crowds are not mindless or deindividuated but are rather adopting the identity of the crowd, an identity which can change as events unfold. John Drury’s research […]

1) Naked Scientists Here is┬áSteve O’Rahilly from Cambridge University talking about obesity, leptin and exercise. You have to click on the link and wind about 35 minutes in. https://www.acast.com/naked_scientists_podcast/obesity-appetite-exercise-and-weight-loss   2) Gene For Autism Research into “genes for” typically starts with the people diagnosed with the condition and looks at the genes they have in […]

1)┬áBrains And Guts This TED Talk explores the complexity of the systems inside our guts which help us regulate what we eat. It explains this in the context of big brain theory, an idea we explore as an evolutionary explanation of eating behaviour in A2. We can understand the relationship between gut and brain as […]

1) 0 To 3 Years This radio programme features David Willetts who used to be a government minister. In it, he explains why we have got it wrong if we as a society invest a high proportion of our resources into children in the first three years of their lives. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sggdk I’ve been thinking again […]

1) David Kilcullen On ISIS David Kilcullen is a former colonel in the Australian Army. His academic background is in the social sciences. He has acted as an adviser to governments on threats from Islamist extremists. Here, he speaks at length about what we know and don’t know about these extremists. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgX460EDLV?play=true We’ve been looking […]

1) Plain Packaging For Cigarettes This link takes you to the breakfast show on BBC Radio Bristol. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03862bs#play If you wind to 2 hrs 12 mins on the programme, you can hear Olivia Maynard from the University Of Bristol explain some research into plain packaging. Essentially, the lack of visual cues on the packaging forces […]

1) TED – Daniel Levitin On Stress In this video, Daniel Levitin explains what stress does to our thinking and explains what we might do about it. Along the way, he refers to NNT, Number Needed To Treat, a concept from medical statistics which we use when looking at therapies for Depression.   2) Researching […]

1) Blocking Ghrelin The point of understanding neural mechanisms associated with hunger and satiety is that it makes it possible to intervene to prevent obesity. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203135959.htm This study concerns ghrelin. Ghrelin is released from the digestive tract when it is empty. It found that blocking gherlin reduced foraging and eating behaviour in hamsters while injecting […]

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