Monthly Archives: June 2015

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th June 2015

1) Addictive Personality In the A2 course, we consider how the idea of an addictive personality is challenged by current psychological research. This article makes several persuasive points. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v522/n7557_supp/full/522S48a.html There’s a very good piece of video on modifying memories of addiction which you can see on this page. http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1 2) Can The Bacteria In Your Gut […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th June 2015

1) Autism And Perfect Pitch I have been in choirs of one sort or another for most of my life. Occasionally, I have come across people with perfect pitch. If you ask them to sing a B flat, they can. Most people who sing can’t do that. They rely on relative pitch, understanding where one […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th June 2015

1) Zimbardo’s Prison Study Reassessed I was pleased to see Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment disappear from the A Level specification and a bit disappointed when I heard it was coming back. This article does a superb job at highlighting some of the issues with it. http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-real-lesson-of-the-stanford-prison-experiment I read somewhere once that the study had never […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th June 2015

1) The Dopamine Theory Of Addiction This article reviews what is known about dopamine and the process of addiction. For some time, it has been thought that addiction is a consequence of the release of dopamine. Dopamine on this account is a “pleasure chemical”. http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v16/n5/pdf/nrn3939.pdf?WT.ec_id=NRN-201505 The article explains that it is much more complex than […]