Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th March,2015

1) Germanwings

On Friday, I really didn’t feel like being a Psychology teacher. News was coming through about Andreas Lubitz’s health record and its apparent connection with the crash. I normally seize on anything in the news which connects to the course we study. The news on Friday was too disturbing. There are people who can articulate these concerns better than me. Here are two key links.


2) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore – Life Scientific

Here is Sarah-Jayne Blakemore running through some familiar material but also talking about her work in the context of the rest of her life.

3) Mental Health In The Workplace – NHS Workers

I have written before about a student of mine who investigated workplace stress in the NHS three years ago. This news story comes as no surprise.

4) The Controversy Over Ketamine As An Antidepressant

Students this year as in previous years continue to be surprised when they hear that Ketamine is being trialled as an antidepressant.

This article refers to an academic in Australia who is also involved in a company which delivers ketamine as an antidepressant. Colleen Loo, whose work in brain stimulation we look at in A2, makes some intelligent remarks here about safety and efficacy. This story, along with the research we have looked at on drug treatments for addiction, shows us how little we know about how biological therapies work.

5) Strategies For Memory Improvement

We look at acrostics and acronyms as verbal methods and method of loci as a visual method as part of our course. This research suggests something simpler: take a nap.

What’s interesting here is the fact that an explanation emerges from neuroscience about why a nap might be a good idea. That is something which is hard to pin down with the other strategies.

6) CBT As A Method Of Preventing Relapse

Most of the research we look at for CBT and Depression focuses on people who get depressed and get better. This takes a different line, looking at how CBT might be used to stop people relapsing back into depression following an initial recovery.

The key message is that it does this well. Some big names are involved in this article.

7) How The Working Memory Model Was Born

It is sometimes difficult to unpick the relationship between the multistore and working memory model. The dates don’t seem to fit. Here, Alan Baddeley tells the story of what happened when.

Baddeley started his work by trying to find a psychologically sound system for developing postcodes.


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