1) Fragile Rationalism To Collective Resilience These two concepts are discussed in this paper by Stephen Reicher and Linda Bauld about the response to the pandemic of the UK government. They are interesting for us because the idea of fragile rationalism seems to me to owe its origins to the work of Asch, Milgram and […]

Unlocking The Secrets Of The Brain – Matt Roser Matt Roser researches the brain at Plymouth University. In this podcast, he talks about split brain research and about where brain research is going now. He refers to the new centre opening up next to the Derriford Hospital which you can read about here. This centre […]

The blog’s been away for a few weeks as the assessment cycles took their course. There are a few things now on which to catch up. 1) This BBC news feature covers some of the research we look at in Year 2 when studying obesity. It looks in particular at how research into the genetic […]

It’s been a busy time with assessments. Nevertheless, Psychology carries on. Here are some recent highlights. 1) Steven Pinker On Milgram Here is the lecture from his Harvard series. Steven Pinker recommends watching Milgram’s own film. You can find that here. 2) The Reunion – Romanian Orphanages Here’s a radio programme about the Romanian orphanages […]

1) Understanding The Neuroscience Of Autism Grainne McAlonan speaks here about the neuroscience of autism in this podcast. She explains how individual differences can be understood. Her research tries to understand how genetic differences are then influenced by environmental factors, focusing on sensitive periods of development. It’s an example of how the nature-nurture debate has […]

1) Meet Your Microglia This video from SciShow Psych is well worth watching. When we study Biopsychology, we focus on neurons. There is a good reason for that. We have known about them for well over a hundred of years, we can detect their activity using EEG and can see them in post-mortem studies of […]

1) Online Apps For Depression One of the strengths of CBT for depression which we consider as part of our course is that CBT can be adapted for online use, making it accessible for people who might not want to see a therapist face to face. This article suggests that such therapy can be effective. […]

1) Genes For Autism When the human genome was published 20 years ago, people thought it would be possible to identify genes for particular conditions. This has turned out not to be the case but the idea persists as an assumption. This article explains the problem. There are genetic variants associated with autism but these […]

1) OCD And The Adolescent Brain We’ll be looking at biological explanations of OCD in Year 1 next week. Here is an article about OCD and the adolescent brain. It contains ideas about how OCD in adolescence might be researched. 2) Change The Story This is a link to a fund raising campaign for the […]

1) Understanding Melancholy This radio programme offers some insights into melancholy. The programme starts with a historical perspective, looking at how melancholy was understood in the early modern period. It then looks at the recent experience of mental distress. 2) A People’s History Of Depression This article also takes a historical perspective. It’s an interview […]