1) Biological Rhythms As an introduction to what biological rhythms are and why we have them, this is pretty good.   2) How do anti-depressants actually work? This article neatly sums up what we do and don’t know about how antidepressants work. We no longer study biological treatments for depression as part of our course […]

1)  A Leading Happiness Researcher Says …. We’ve seen some very fine work done on research projects in the last few weeks. They have been prompted by a puzzling finding from last year: high levels of anxiety are associated with high aspiration. One group this year has found a correlation between future focus and stress. Another […]

1) Varenicline vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy This paper deals with the latest research on Varenicline as a treatment for nicotine addiction. It’s a big study with records used from GP practices across the UK. There were 287 079 patient records accessed, with follow up over a four year period. Patients’ status of smokers is established by self-report: […]

1) Genetic Basis Of Anorexia Nervosa It is odd that, although the genetic basis of anorexia nervosa is established by twin studies, which genes are involved has remained elusive. This article explains new research which addresses this problem. Not only is an area of Chromosome 12 identified but there are also correlations with other traits and disorders. […]

1) The Psychology Of Cults Cults are interesting from a social psychological point of view. They are based on obedience to an authority figure and rely on compliance. This video from TED Ed touches on some other Psychology concepts.   2) The Smartphone Psychiatrist The psychiatrist in question is Tom Insel. This extended profile is […]

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

1) Women And Addiction We have thought about gender bias in relation to several areas of Psychology this year, distinguishing between alpha and beta bias. Addiction is not an area we have thought about. This piece from the Mental Elf explains how women’s experience of addiction is different from that of men and what we […]

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

1) Anorexia Nervosa In Young Children This article starts by looking at anorexia nervosa in pre-pubescent children and moves on to a more general and authoritative overview of what anorexia nervosa is and isn’t. The article focuses on family therapy while playing down the validity of family systems theory. Whilst social pressures and traumatic events […]

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]