1) Food Preference We’ll be starting Eating Behaviour in Year 2 very soon. Here is a podcast about food preference, including an experimental procedure where a taste test is paired with different sounds.   2) Mind As A Machine This video is remarkable. It forms the basis for an exploration of what it means to […]

1) I Call My OCD “Olivia” We have been thinking about treatment for OCD in the context of free will and determinism in Year 2 this week. This piece from the BBC looks at cognitive approaches to both explaining and treating OCD. There is a section on ERP: Exposure And Response Prevention therapy. This uses […]

1) Seven To Eight Hours Of Sleep This article reports research which suggests that everyone needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That’s important for the research we look at on circadian and ultradian rhythms.   2) Improving Antidepressant Outcomes When we write about the effectiveness of a therapy, we assume that we […]

1) E-Cigarettes We don’t study e-cigarettes as part of our course when we look at methods of reducing addiction. That doesn’t mean to say though that people do not use them as a way of reducing their use of tobacco. The problem is that the evidence about how safe they are is mixed and complex. […]

1) Stages Of Sleep This article describes research into the function of stages of sleep. When we study ultradian rhythms, we identify as a strength of the research describing each stage that it has been influential because it has raised the question of what these stages are for. Slow wave sleep appears to help us […]

1) Body Clock – What Makes Us Tick This programme from the BBC is about circadian rhythms. It mixed a partial replication of Siffre’s pioneering research and attempts to alter the 24 hour cycle to replicate jet lag with stories of people with problems with sleeping and waking. The science was clear in separating endogenous […]

1) Machine Reductionism We’ve come across this idea in Year 1 when looking at memory. Whether or not it is appropriate to think of the brain as a computer is a highly complex question. This article explores some of that complexity.   2) The Anatomy Of Loneliness The BBC in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection […]

1) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore On The Teenage Brain She is on BBC Inside Science here: you need to wind about 19 minutes into the programme. She talks about recent experiments about risk taking. There’s an interesting example of how experiments about the effect of having a peer next to you in a driving simulation game is […]

1) Neurofeedback When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an […]

1) The Complete Guide To The Science Of Mindfulness Later in the year in Year 1, we’ll looking at mindfulness in the context of the work we do on the fight or flight response. This article summarises what is know about the science of  mindfulness. In many ways, it is like other areas of psychology. […]