Post Of The Week – Thursday 12th December 2013

1) Online Dating

We did this a week or two ago in A2. Here’s a link to an article which covers some of the same ground as we covered in our lesson.

I forgot when I was teaching this topic about the very good TED talk from Amy Webb on reverse engineering dating websites. If you use the dating websites tag opposite, you can find a link to it on this blog.

2) Resilience And Depression

Describing a depressed brain is currently very difficult for researchers to do. Depression resides in more than one part of the brain and describing a fundamental set of brain characteristics which drive the condition is not yet possible. We might go further and suggest that depression is really an umbrella term for a number of conditions, each of which has its own pattern of malfunction within the brain. What’s interesting, however, is that researchers are having a bit more success in describing resilience in the brain. In other words, it seems to be easier to explain how people resist depression than to explain what causes it.

This article describes how electrical stimulation of the brain has been used to identify areas associated with motivation and resilience. We look at other aspects of resilience as part of our course.

3) Student Mental Health

It’s UCAS time at the moment. People used to think that a university degree was a 3 year holiday in an idyllic environment where you could both discover and make something of yourself, unaffected by the cares of the world or the need to earn a living. In truth, it never was like that. Student mental health is now an issue about which we should be concerned, not least because so many of you go on to university.

This is an article from Labour students. I recommend it not because of its politics but because of its insight into what mental illness is like.

4) Online Gambling And Gaming

Here’s an article by Mark Griffiths explaining the links between gaming and gambling. In the cognitive approach, we explain gambling by looking at what people have learnt about it and what they think about it. This article explains how that teaching and learning can come early.

5) 10 Quick Facts You Should Know About Autism

When we study autism as part of the development of sense of self sub-topic, we focus on autism as a heterogeneous and multifactorial condition. Here, Jeremy Dean explains what we know, or rather don’t know, about autism. This makes us realise how much more we need to know about what autism really is.

6) Night Waves On Mind Maps, Freud and Psychotherapy

There’s a lot of good Psychology here.

Mind Maps is a new exhibition in the Science Museum which explores the treatment and diagnosis of mental illness. There is also a section on Anna Freud and the relationship between psychoanalysis and religion is also discussed. For AS Psychology, it is interesting that Freud’s ideas are not just museum pieces but are still a topic for serious debate.

7) Education Through Exploration

I have made contact with someone working in Indonesia. I wanted to find out something about cultural variations in attachments. You can see the reply I got. I’m hoping that Laura will provide some more ideas on some other psychological questions.

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