1) Willem Kuyken on Mindfulness Based CBT A study has come out this week which shows that MCBT is effective in preventing relapse in people suffering multiple episodes of depression. You can read about that here. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent recurrent depression Kuyken gives an extended interview about this study and other issues connected […]

1) Global Disease Burden I keep hearing myself say in lessons that by 2030, mental illness will represent the main burden of preventable disease across the planet. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/apr/12/50-million-years-work-lost-anxiety-depression-world-health-organisation-who This study puts some of the detail on this, explaining what the cost of not treating people might be. This is a good example of the economic […]

1) Some Commentary On Addiction We’re about to finish Addictive Behaviour in A2. I’ve been reworking some of the webpages to bring them up to date. Here are three links which illustrate some of the things I have been thinking about. Drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction […]

1) Romanian Orphanages The English And Romanian Adoptees study is central for our understanding of the effects of institutionalisation and more generally understanding the importance of attachment. The oldest child in this study was 3 and a half years old. Some children however were left in the orphanages for much longer before they were adopted. […]

1) Nature And Nurture The debate has rumbled on this week. Here is a piece of research which has been reported about depressed rats in a couple of places. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/depression-not-governed-by-genes-and-environment-is-a-major-factor-when-it-comes-to-being-happy-a6958686.html and, more briefly, How Family History of Depression Affects Chance of Mental Illness The best thing I have read continues to be Marcus Munafo’s piece […]

1) Brain Training When we study working memory, we look at the claim that it is possible to train people to have more effective working memory. The key concept is transfer. People might improve their scores on a brain training game but they are unable to transfer success from these to other tasks. This is […]

1) Grid Cells One of the videos on the Types Of Memory webpage shows a lecture by Eleanor Maguire. It explains the significance of grid cells. These enable mice to navigate around simple mazes. They are the first example thinking recorded as brain activity. We can infer what the mouse is thinking directly from patterns […]

1) A History Of The Brain http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017b1zd/episodes/player This series of radio talks explores how the study of the brain has evolved over time.   2) The Mental Elf On Varenicline …. We’ll be looking at biological interventions to prevent smoking after the holidays. It is also on the new A Lebel course. Success has been […]

1) Cambridge Psychology We are entering the time when Year 12 start thinking about destinations after ¬†school. This video comes from Cambridge University. The course course content is here. Prospective students The video explains that you do not have necessarily to have studied Psychology A Level on this course but you do need to have […]

1) That Milgram Study Again Here’s an account of the study related to Milgram’s procedure which has been reported in a couple of places in the media over the last week. http://www.nature.com/news/modern-milgram-experiment-sheds-light-on-power-of-authority-1.19408 What’s useful here is the explanation of the procedure: what was being measured and how this relates to Milgram’s ¬†ideas about obedience. Milgram […]

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