1) Stephen Reicher – Life Scientific In this programme, Stephen Reicher discusses social identity and crowds.   2) Addiction In Year 2, we have hit the idea of understanding addiction holistically. This article is from a couple of years ago but is highly relevant to this idea. It explicitly rejects the medical model of addiction […]

1) Neurogenesis When we study plasticity of the brain, we touch on the controversy of whether adults can develop new neurons. It was thought for many years that adults could not grow new neurons. 20 years ago, research began to emerge which suggested that the brain could produce new cells in the same way as […]

1) Genetic Basis Of Autism I’ve been working on the Biological Approach this week in preparation for the work we will do in Year 1. I’ve been looking in particular at the idea that with OCD, we cannot link a particular gene to a particular neurochemical abnormality in a particular part of the brain. This […]

1) Effectiveness Of Antidepressants A large scale study was published this week about the effectiveness of antidepressants. Here is the BBC story. There’s been a bit of debate about what this research actually means. The Mental Elf has something important to say here. This is very good from Neuroskeptic.   2) Test For Autism In […]

1) Implanting False Memories A crucial claim of Elizabeth Loftus’ research is that it is possible to manipulate testimony and to implant false memories. We look at some of her research here. A problem with this research is that the memories which are implanted and manipulated seem trivial in comparison with the court cases to […]

1) My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War This programme┬átells the story of one man’s recovery from a serious stroke. It covers some essential elements of our course: plasticity, lateralisation, localisation, language. It’s much more than that though. It shows how far medicine has got in treating such complex problems and shows us what it is […]

1) Brain Buzz – Gambling This podcast comes from some PhD students from the University Of British Columbia. I’ve dipped in and listened to bits of it. Psychology is fundamentally a research subject where researchers form hypotheses which they then test. It is also fundamentally about using a variety of approaches to understand questions and […]

No post last week due to the mocks. 1) Charlotte Church – Inside My Brain This is very good from the BBC. Charlotte Church explores what is known about the biological basis, with a focus on some cutting edge therapy. She also speaks to her mum about the experience of bipolar disorder. There is a […]

1) Uta Frith Talking About Alice Lee In this short BBC video, Uta Frith discusses Alice Lee’s pioneering research into brain size in the early 1900s. It’s a brilliant example of how Psychology works. This video on probability in the same series is almost as good.   2) John Dury On Crowds John Drury is […]

1) Internet Gaming Disorder The new version of ICD, the International Classification of Diseases from the World Health Organisation will include internet gaming disorder. This is controversial. It’s important for a couple of reasons. If something appears in the ICD list, it is something that you can get treatment for: someone else will pay. Secondly, […]