Monthly Archives: November 2013

Post Of The Week – Thursday 29th November

1) Driving And Risky Behaviour In Adolescence Along with all of Year 12, I went to Plymouth Pavilions today to watch a presentation about road safety. The presentation, from Learn 2 Live was hard hitting and at times harrowing. The adolescent brain, and in particular the way in which adolescents deal with social situations, is a […]

Formation Of Relationships – Dating Websites

The questions we are dealing with are How has the filter model been applied to dating websites? How good is the evidence that they work? What does research into dating websites tell us about why people really form relationships? The researcher you need to focus on is Eli Finkel. A good place to start is […]

Attachments And Family Therapy

“A further strength of Ainsworth’s classification of attachment types is that it has been applied to the development of family therapy and systemic therapy.” Since Ainsworth defined different types of attachment forty years ago, researchers have been working to refine her findings and to use them to help people deal with difficulties in their lives. […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 21st November

1) Eye Witness Testimony – The Innocence Project When we looked at the importance of Elizabeth Loftus’ research, we mentioned its application to cases of misidentification of criminals. The Innocence Project in the United States campaigns to exonerate prisoners who have been wrongly convicted of crimes. This exoneration often involves DNA evidence. I used to […]

Bowlby, Harlow And Anna Freud: Changing The Way We Think About Childhood

The debate between learning theory and Bowlby’s theory has its origins 50 years or more ago. How did the work of Bowlby, Harlow and Anna Freud change the way we think about children? Have these changes been positive or negative? Listen to this programme about Anna Freud http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s0s6m You can read more about Anna Freud […]

Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition – Tasks

What is the evidence for the importance of the prefrontal cortex in social cognition? Use Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TED Talk as your source. Your resources booklet contains a transcript of the part which answers this question. To answer this question, you need to focus on:- What MRI studies looking at the development of the pre-frontal cortex […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 14th November

1) Bedlam Again The third episode of the series is on Channel 4 tonight. I’ve blogged below a link and some thoughts about the first two shows. Here’s an interesting piece reviewing the first couple of episodes. http://fightingmonsters.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/bedlam-do-we-need-stories-to-understand/ I’ve got some sympathy for the main point of the article, that the programme focuses on telling […]

What Are The Strengths And Limitations Of The Cognitive Interview?

Use the following sources to answer this question. The video and audio files are in the PSYA1 Dropbox folder and in iTunesU. Catriona Morrison Cognitive Interview (it’s the one we watched in class). The Cognitive Interview pt 1 and Cognitive Interview 2 – both from the University Of Leeds Psychology Faculty All In The Mind […]

Autism And Theory Of Mind – Questions.

A fundamental claim of current research into autism is that people with autism lack a theory of mind. This means that they are unable to understand the links between the beliefs of other people and their behaviour and to predict what others will do. This in turn raises a number of questions. How does an understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 7th November

1) Bedlam Part 2 I’m posting this shortly after the second episode of Channel 4’s Bedlam series (see previous posts). One sequence of this week’s programme was quite upsetting but the overall effect of the programme was powerful and thought-provoking. If you start watching it, stick with it until the end. Here’s the link again. […]