1) Mindset We’ve been thinking a lot about research methods over the past couple of weeks. This article looks at the popularity of growth mindset and at the research which underlies it. The central claim is that the evidence is not as strong as you’d think it would be. Peer review, significance, replicability and objectivity […]

1) How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition? The answer to this question is explained in this brief article from Scientific American. It sums up neatly how we understand structure and plasticity within the brain.   2) Eating Disorders In Males We quote the figure of 9:1 for the ratio of female to male diagnosis of […]

1) A Little Bit OCD This article explores the presentation of OCD in HBO’s “Girls”. It explains how it moves away from depicting OCD as being tidy and fastidious to explore the anxiety and misery at the heart of the condition. This article gives a fuller overview of how OCD is defined and understood.   […]

1) The Predictive Power Of Attachment Is Overrated That is the claim of this article. At a time when attachment is being promoted as a way of understanding later difficulties, the article questions what we know about the influence of attachment. The article makes some important points. People tend to confuse insecure attachment with no […]

1) Depression And Cardiac Arrest This article explains how depression following a heart attack is treated. There’s a bias towards giving people drugs for this, in part because they are already receiving drugs for  their heart condition and in part because in Canada, as in many other countries, access to a psychiatrist who prescribes the tablets […]

1) Epigenetics And Addiction Some research from King’s College, London and from Bristol was reported in two places this week, here and here. Changes in the expression of genes have been found amongst participants whose parents smoke. These participants go on to be at greater risk of developing addiction. The challenge now for researchers is […]

1) Implications Of Research For The Economy This comes not from a piece of peer reviewed research but rather from a commercial research company. It suggests that lack of sleep costs the economy of the UK £40 billion because people who sleep less than seven hours a night are more at risk of illness and […]

1) Milgram’s Recordings It’s clear from standard text book accounts of Asch’s study that Asch interviewed his participants and used those interviews to draw conclusions about why people conform. What is less obvious is how Milgram used interviews with his participants. This article explains how analysis is now being done of these interviews to understand […]

1) Autism In Adults This article tells the story of adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It goes into depth on the nature of autism and how our understanding of autism is changing. It refers in particular to the issue of gender and autism, something we have been thinking about in Year 2.   2) Motherese In […]

1) “It’s important to talk about gender when we talk about mental health.” This quote comes from this article. When we were looking at gender bias in Psychology in Year 2 a couple of weeks ago, we thought about the extent to which differences between the genders are ignored in the process of diagnosis and treatment. This […]