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, […]

1) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures These were given this year by Sophie Scott. She is a professor at UCL and specialises in neuroscience. The webpage on the BBC is here. There’s a great demonstration of Broca’s area near the start of the third lecture.   2) P-Values We’ll be again trying to get our heads […]

1) Transfer Effects Of Working Memory Training When studying working memory, we look at the idea that understanding a child’s working memory may be important in understanding why s/he might be having problems learning in school. There is also the claim that it is possible to train children to develop better working memory. This article based […]

1) Crowds This radio programme from the BBC World Service explores the sociology and psychology of crowds.  It features Clifford Stott, who we see in the reconstruction of the Milgram procedure in the Year 1 course. It looks at the crowd as a source of social identity and also at the role which crowds play in social […]

1) Averil Hart We’ve been working on anorexia nervosa in Year 2 this week and will do so for a bit of next week. We’ve focused on how complex and how serious anorexia nervosa is. This news story about the inquiry into the death of Averil Hart from the consequences of anorexia nervosa serves as […]

1) All In The Mind Two good things from All In The Mind this week. Firstly, there was a report on a scheme to make the films of the lives of people with dementia. Enabling them to preserve episodic memory in this way reduces anxiety and preserves a sense of self. Secondly, there is an […]

1) The Disease Model When we were studying free will and determinism the other week, we saw that regarding mental illness as a disease like any other removes stigma because it treats mental illness as an illness like any other. The negative side to this is that people think there is nothing they can do […]

1) All In The Mind – Attachment You need to wind about ten minutes into this programme to find a discussion on attachment with Elizabeth Meins. She challenges the way in which attachment is linked to later disorders. She emphasises that attachments are not stable and change over time. She also challenges the idea that […]

1) All In The Mind There’s a very good discussion of work being done to understand depression as a response to changes in the immune system at the end of this week’s All In The Mind. It’s coherent in that it shows us that we do not have to think of depression simply as a […]