1) Laura Schulz – The Surprisingly Logical Minds Of Babies Following on from Baillargeon’s work on infant cognition we have been doing in Year 2, here is a TED Talk from four years ago about the reasoning of 15 month old children. Schulz has something powerful to say about human cognition and thinking based on […]

1) Three Things I Wish More People Knew About OCD This blogpost is by someone who lives with OCD. We will be looking at OCD in Year 1 at the end of this half term.   2) Nudging Here is a piece about how people can be influenced to make small changes in behaviour.   […]

1) Separation When we study Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation, we set it in the context of the upheaval of the Second World War. This article explains how across the world, such separation is now experienced by very many children.   2) Language Centres Here’s Hank Green doing some great stuff on Broca and Wernicke, […]

1) Science Of Evil This is essential listening for us in relation to the Social Psychology we do. It places the work of Asch, Milgram and Moscovici as well as some other psychologists in its social context and specifically cultural context. It does so in a critical and informed way which adds to our understanding […]

1) Reductionism And Addiction This article is about one researcher’s journey to understanding the complexity of addiction through her own experience of it. It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the focus on Psychology has become more holistic. This article explains it well. On a similar theme, here is Pim Cuijpers on preventing depression. “Although improving […]

1) Ed Bullmore We came across Ed Bullmore talking about nature-nurture the other week in Year 2. Here is a piece about his work on inflammation and depression. The article is also useful for understanding how science takes a more holistic approach. Depression is no longer assumed to be one thing. Research into cancer now […]

1) Altruism We used to study this as part of the A Level course. Here’s a radio programme about two major thinkers in this area, George Price and Joan Roughgarden.   2) Are babies capable of making moral decisions? This video from PBS explores this idea. It’s a development of the work on infants’ understanding […]

1) Grand Theft Auto If you play video games, you are probably familiar with the claim that they lead to violent acts. This article looks at the problem using qualitative data, examining the perspective of the participants. It is the value systems which these games represent rather than the violence within them which seems to […]

1) Daraa In Year 1, we use a video about the early stages of the civil war in Syria to understand something about resistance to social influence. This feature from CNN tells the story of what happened in Daraa.   2) The Olfactory Bulb This is an area of the brain which is responsible for […]

1) Anorexia nervosa rates increase among 8 to 12-year olds That is the title of this news release from the IOPPN.  As the article indicates, this might be connected to changes in social pressures on young children. It might also be connected to changes in the way in which data is collected.   2) Ways […]