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 […]

1) How Science Works – Peer Review This video from the Royal Society explains both the history and the practice of peer review. There are problems to do with peer review and the process of validating new knowledge: publication bias and the file drawer phenomenon. This video explains how it should work. 2) The Damage […]

1) Psychotherapy Does Not Work For Everyone The problems of biological therapies in the form of drugs for depression are well rehearsed. There’s evidence that they work but they clearly don’t work for everyone and the extent to which they work in reducing and eliminating symptoms is debated. We don’t really know what they do […]

1) Relative And Absolute Risk This isn’t strictly speaking a piece of Psychology but it’s a very good example of how statistics sometimes mislead. In this video, David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge explains how claims about increased risk for a particular action or intervention are not necessarily what they seem. There’s a job to be done […]

1) Brian Williams And Reconstructive Memory Brian Williams was, until very recently, an anchorman for NBC news. That makes him famous, an authority figure presenting the news on one of America’s longest standing TV channels. He has stepped down from his job because a story he told about being in a helicopter which was shot […]

1) The Scientific 23 We come across Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s work on developmental neuroscience when we look at the adolescent brain in A2. Increasingly, we refer to it during other parts of the course. She has been significantly involved in promoting public understanding of science and science as a career. This website is designed to do […]

1) Morality – Story Of Now When we look at Kohlberg’s theory of moral understanding, a criticism is that in looking at how people respond to hypothetical scenarios, Kohlberg misses out a whole raft of elements in the process of making a moral choice. In recent years, Psychology has become interested in working out what […]

1) Arrival Of The Fittest We are all familiar from Darwin with the idea of survival of the fittest. Mutations lead some individuals to have a better chance of survival than others. These genes then get passed from generation to generation, creating an evolutionary adaptation. What is less clear is how these mutations occur. That […]

1) Horizon Special – What Is The Best Diet For You? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/28kV5mpZvcDtJ2hyDbZ5h1p/what-s-the-right-diet-for-you These programmes have been on during the week and will be available on iPlayer for the next three or four weeks. I haven’t had the chance to see them but they seem to cover many of the themes and issues from our Eating […]

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