1) The Complete Guide To The Science Of Mindfulness Later in the year in Year 1, we’ll looking at mindfulness in the context of the work we do on the fight or flight response. This article summarises what is know about the science of  mindfulness. In many ways, it is like other areas of psychology. […]

1) Genes And Educational Achievement This article explains recent research about the influence of genes on educational achievement. It is bigger than you might think.   2) Parity Of Esteem Here is Will Self’s account of a friend being sectioned and placed in a mental hospital. He has some uncomfortable and controversial things to say […]

1) Sleep And Studying The Brain This article from BBC Future looks at how brain imaging is used to understand what happens in our brains when we sleep. It shows who research moves on. The research that Dement and Kleitman did in the 1950s used EEG to demonstrate different stages of sleep. Modern methods can […]

1) Tobacco And Psychosis One of the evaluation points we use when evaluating methods of reducing addiction in relation to tobacco is that many people use tobacco to help them deal with mental health problems. Methods of reducing tobacco use are likely to be ineffective if the problem underlying tobacco use is somewhere else. This […]

1) T Tests Here is a video from Crash Course explaining t tests. You don’t need to know everything on here for the exam but it’s good background on why for a t test you need similar distributions and standard deviations.   2) Screen Time This article on screen time makes a powerful point about […]

1) Addiction To Online Gaming Here is Mark Griffiths talking sense about what is or isn’t addiction to online gaming. That should remind us that when psychologists use the term “addiction”, they mean something quite specific. The details are here.   2)  The Great God Of Depression How we think of mental illness changes as […]

1) Resilience Training This article from the Mental Elf reviews resilience training in schools. It’s useful for us for several reasons. Firstly, it’s an example of how CBT can be applied effectively to different contexts and therefore another example of the flexibility of CBT. Secondly, it raises the issue of generalisability. Effectiveness may well depend […]

1) A Bit More On The Stanford Prison Experiment Here is the response of Reicher and Haslam on the BBC Prison Experiment website. This covers some of the same ground as previous commentary from them. They lay out an explanation of the guards’ behaviour based on identity leadership.   2) Our World In Data – […]

1) Using Virtual Reality To Treat Phobias A few months ago, I posted a link to a BBC article about virtual reality treatment for fear of heights. This week, a research study has been published in The Lancet. You can read about it here, along with using a link to the original study. Here is […]

1) More On Zimbardo The controversy about Zimbardo’s study rolls on. Here is a link to a piece in the BPS Research Digest. What’s particularly valuable is that you can read a pre-print of the research by Haslam and colleagues here. The idea that the study is a study of obedience rather than conformity is […]