Monthly Archives: July 2014

Post Of The Week – Friday 25th July 2014

1) Ben Goldacre On Bad Science Here’s Ben Goldacre at Imaging The Future Of Medicine a few months ago talking about bad science. His claims go beyond the issues of mental health which are the focus of this course but he has some useful things to say and a powerful case to make. Medicine makes […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday, July 19th 2014

A couple of days late due to the end of term ….. 1) Varenicline, Nicotine Replacement Therapy And Smoking Elsewhere on this blog, we have seen research suggesting that Varenicline is an effective biological intervention to help people stop smoking. Varenicline seems to work well in combination with Bupropion. This article looks at what […]

Research Methods Questions Summer 2014 – Feedback

General Well done to the people who have done this. I have seen several examples of people who have already showed that they can get themselves up to A2 standard. Anything over 20 is very respectable. 23 out of 30 would be A grade standard. Some people are doing even better than that. The question […]

Transitions To University

In 12C today, we were fortunate to have a visit from Matt, a former student of mine from Eggbuckland who went on to do a Psychology degree at Plymouth University. It gave us an opportunity to think about how the experience of school, and in particular working on our own research, links to the experience […]

Eating Behaviour – Wider Reading

In September, you will be studying Eating Behaviour. As an introduction to this topic, please use the Eating Behaviour category on the blog. The following videos and links are particularly useful:- Please see further link to links to work by Terry Wilkin at

Research Projects 2014 – Feedback

Some superb work has been done on these projects. Well done. We have managed to develop some scientifically valid research while learning the research methods concepts you need for A2. The stand out finding is that, as with the 2013 projects, there are clear differences in males and females in their attitudes to mental health […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 10th July 2014

1) The Science Of The Mind This was broadcast over a week ago but I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. Several interesting people talking about interesting things.   2) Mental Elf- Comparing Psychological and Biological Therapies So much of what we do about therapies comes down to how we judge […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 3rd July 2014

1) Stress And CHD In AS Stress, we look at the relationship between stress and coronary heart disease, looking at Friedman and Rosenman’s study of Type A personality. The thing we don’t look at in detail is why stress should be related to CHD. This interview focuses on a piece of research which might help […]