1) Two Minute Neuroscience https://www.youtube.com/user/neurochallenged Here is a playlist of some very useful neuroscience videos. 2) Brain Fade This audio clip from the BBC uses some neuroscience to explain what happens when politicians cannot answer questions or golfers cannot hole putts. https://www.youtube.com/user/neurochallenged There is a very nice example of this in this piece of video. […]

1) Varenicline In Reduction As Well As Cessation Of Smoking Most trials of smoking cessation start with people who commit to stop smoking on a particular date and follow them to see for how long they can stop. This does not however reflect the way many people give up smoking: gradually reduce their level of […]

1) Depression As A Cellular Response In thinking about classification and diagnosis of depression, we contrast the idea of depression as an illness which needs to be cured with the idea of depression as a natural response to setback and trauma which has survived for sound evolutionary reasons. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150423125850.htm#.VT5DIVPM0_E.twitter This article explores this idea through […]

1) Risk Taking In Adolescence In Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition, we get interested in the idea the way in which social cognition develops during adolescence. There is a fairly robust finding that during the period in which connections are being established between the pre-frontal cortex and limbic system, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the […]

1) Louis Theroux – By Reason Of Insanity I saw parts of these two programmes a couple of weeks ago. Originally, I had planned not to post links on here as the programmes are in some ways quite disturbing. However, we ended up talking about them in one of Friday’s Year 12 lessons, so it […]

1) Fats We spend some time as part of the A2 Eating Behaviour topic considering whether a calorie is really just a calorie. The argument is whether we should focus on how much we eat or on the type of food we eat. It is interesting that when I started teaching this topic in its […]

1) John Oliver On The Lottery In our last week of lessons on addiction, we watched John Oliver talking about tobacco. Here he is talking about state lotteries. A bit sweary, but he makes some important points about how adverts for lotteries distort perceptions of what lotteries are and what they do. 2) Mindchangers These […]

1) Germanwings On Friday, I really didn’t feel like being a Psychology teacher. News was coming through about Andreas Lubitz’s health record and its apparent connection with the crash. I normally seize on anything in the news which connects to the course we study. The news on Friday was too disturbing. There are people who […]

1) No Health Without Mental Health This slogan was at the heart of legislation brought in by the government in 2011 to address the gap in provision between physical and mental health services. This review from the King’s Fund looks at where we have got to since then. http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/verdict/has-government-put-mental-health-equal-footing-physical-health?utm_source=kftwitter&utm_medium=social It is clear from this news […]

1) What makes identical twins different? This video from Kings College London explains epigenetics. Identical twins may be born with the same DNA but end up being different, sometimes in important ways. That must be down to the way the environments they each experience lead to some genes being switched on but others staying switched […]

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