Post Of The Week – Thursday 10th October

1) Rudi Dallos And Attachment Theory.

Rudi Dallos is a professor at Plymouth University. He is also an expert in family therapy and in systemic therapy. Family therapy is what it says it is while systemic therapy helps people explore issues in their lives by seeing connections to different experiences and influences. This is relevant to us because it is a development of the work we do on Bowlby and Ainsworth on early social development. When Bowlby and Ainsworth were writing, an understanding of how early experiences affected later development was only just starting to develop. Now therapists working in this area see attachment style as just one part of the system in which people find themselves and just one of many influences on their behaviour and experiences.

I’ve tried to find some good online resources to show how this works but it seems to be an area of research which has had relatively little publicity. If you’re interested, here is Rudi Dallos talking through some theory.

2) Women In Science

I’m grateful to Liv, one of the Year 12 AQA Bacc students, for alerting me to the issue of women in science, something she intends to study. Here are two links from the BBC Radio 4 series “The Life Scientific”. One is to an interview with Uta Frith, a researcher who has done much to help us understand the nature of autism. The other is to an interview with Sophie Scott from University College, London. Listen and enjoy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bdpl5 for Sophie Scott

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017w65r for Uta Frith

3) Farmers And Hunter Gatherers

In order to understand the relationship between evolution and culture, we look at how lactase persistence developed at the same time as agriculture. This article sets some context to this research by looking at the genetic inheritance left behind by migrating farmers who arrived in Europe 10,000 years ago and the hunter gatherers with whom they settled.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24385-huntergatherers-got-on-fine-with-europes-first-farmers.html#.UlcZgBaRrww

Please email the Library if you have problems accessing the New Scientist site. There is an excellent section on evolution which is relevant to some of what we study. Here’s an intriguing article.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929311.200-health-myths-we-should-live-and-eat-like-cavemen.html

4) The Effectiveness Of CBT In Treating Depression

When we study depression, we look at the effectiveness of therapies. We use research from text books but evidence about this is published the whole time. Here’s an excellent and thorough summary of a recent study.

http://www.thementalelf.net/mental-health-conditions/depression/a-meta-analysis-of-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-adult-depression-the-winner-takes-it-all/

5) Super Memory

For a long time in Psychology research, there has been interest in people with apparently super powerful memories. Here, Catriona Morrison from Leeds University discusses some of the issues which arise.

http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=26&editionID=231&ArticleID=2350

I’m grateful to Katie in Year 12 for the link to a Channel 4 programme on super memory which you can watch here.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-boy-who-cant-forget/4od

6) Attitudes To Mental Illness

On Monday, The Sun newspaper published an article about mental illness with some fairly shocking figures about how many people had been killed by “mental patients”. This appeared to be undoing the very good work on reducing stigma and ignorance done by various campaigners. This article explains how The Sun got it wrong.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/why-the-suns-front-page-about-mental-health-is-completely-wr

By contrast, here’s a link to a site which will go live next year. It’s designed to make people more aware of the health issues affecting young people, tackling ignorance and stigma.

http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/minded

7) Media Influence On Gambling Behaviour

We use adverts for the National Lottery as an example of media influence. This article explains a bit more about why people still “play” the lottery. I still dispute the use of the word “play” to describe what is essentially the luck of the draw.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24383871

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