1) Nature And Well-Being This is a theme behind the practical we do in Year 1 comparing a mindfulness video and a walk in a biodiverse environment for their effect in reducing stress. This article and this article relate to same piece of research which is published here. It shows an association between spending two […]

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

1) Genetics Of Depression Here is Ed Yong writing clearly and purposefully about the problems with research into the genetic basis of depression. I have been using this research as part of our course for a while. More recent research gives a more nuanced and plausible account of how genes might influence depression.   2) […]

1) Anna Freud Centre The Anna Freud Centre is moving to new premises. This article is a profile of its director, Peter Fonagy. His is an interesting story of the importance of therapy. The centre has also become multi-disciplinary, a reflection of the way in which Psychology is developing.   2) Missing Heritability We know with […]

1) All In The Mind – Clarke And Carrie Carlisle Clarke Carlisle was a professional footballer. He has suffered severe depression. He and his wife talk about their experience in this episode of All In The Mind. It is extraordinarily good. We’ve been thinking about the definition of abnormality in terms of failure to function […]

1) Nicotine This article explains how nicotine replacement therapy works. It refers to a Cochrane Review which has just been published.   2) Kevin Mitchell – Innate We have used in Year 1 some video of Kevin Mitchell talking about the impact of genes on behaviour. Here is an excellent review of his recent book, […]

1) Sci Show On Genetic Testing Here’s Hank with an overview of genetic testing, showing what genetic testing can and cannot tell us.   2) Precise brain stimulation boosts memory This news story from the BBC explains research which has used brain stimulation to boost working memory. The effects are short lived but surprising.   […]

1) Perfectionism We refer to perfectionism in the context of cognitive explanations of depression. It’s an example of all or nothing thinking. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. We also relate perfectionism to the development of anorexia nervosa. People who believe that only control over everything is good enough. In this video, Hank Green also […]

1) The Future Of Depression Treatment In Year 1 last week, we were looking at how understanding the biology of OCD might lead to better treatment. If the genetic basis of OCD in each individual case is understood, then treatment can be personalised. This video looks at how research in relation to depression addressing this […]

1) The Psychology Of Climate Change Responding to climate change can be seen as an example of social change. In our course, we see social change as a consequence of social influence processes. This video explains some of the psychology of climate change. Here is a link to the University Of California website which deals […]