Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th July

1) “Who Am I?”

This post is a few days late because I have been to London. One of the places I visited was the Science Museum. This is the link to the “Who Am I?” exhibition.

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/WhoAmI.aspx

It’s superb for giving you an idea of what is contemporary in Psychology and where our knowledge of the brain and the mind might be going. The best thing is to go and have a look for yourself. Failing that, the website contains a very good overview.

2) Noradrenaline – the forgotten amine?

When we write about neurotransmitters, we tend to lump them together. For example, we write about MAOI and tricyclic antidepressants as drugs which raise levels of serotonin and noradrenaline inside the brain. We do this because this is what text books say. The research linked to this webpage, with an introduction from Professor David Nutt who you would have seen talking in the neuroscience video in last week’s post, is important because it draws attention to how scientists now see noradrenaline as distinctive from other neurotransmitters.

http://jop.sagepub.com/content/27/8/657.full

Read the introduction from Prof. Nutt and, if you’re feeling brave, have a go at some of the articles linked below.

3) More From Down Under

This website details some of the research being done in Australia in a number of areas of neuroscience.

http://www.neura.edu.au

Here is a link to Helen Christensen talking about suicide and depression.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/healthreport/is-there-a-link-between-depression-and-suicide3f/4835120

This is useful for two reasons. Firstly, it gives you an idea about how treatments are being developed online. Secondly, it discusses the link between depression and suicide. We tend to assume that the link is close. For example, we might claim that the reduction in suicide rates is down to the effectiveness of antidepressants. In this interview, Helen Christensen shows us that we need to think about depression and suicide as different processes with their own aetiologies.

4) Some Helpful Video

Here are some useful pieces of video from Professor Graham Davey at Sussex University.

http://www.papersfromsidcup.com/descriptions–explanations-of-mental-health-problems.html

The lecture from Simon Baron-Cohen, the explanation of the Sally-Anne test and the introduction to addiction are particularly useful for our purposes.

5) The Anorexic Brain

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/351883/description/The_Anorexic_Brain

This article features the work of Walter Kaye. He features on the Fat Files video about eating disorders which we use for AS.  The article explains some of the latest thinking on the biology of eating disorders. There are some very good links at the bottom which you can explore further.

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