Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th March 2017

1) The Effects Of Stress

We’ve just been doing fight or flight response in Year 1. Here’s a timely illustration of the effects of the stress response on health.


2) Mark Williams On Mindfulness

Here’s Mark Williams, one of the founding figures of Mindfulness Based CBT explaining where it came from and what its core principles are. The first section is particularly interesting for those who do RS as well as for those who do Psychology.


3) Brain Prize For Dopamine

With us looking at the role of dopamine in Year 2 Addiction this coming week, it’s timely that three scientists have received the prestigious Brain Prize for their work on dopamine. The details are here. Thankfully, the words “pleasure chemical” do not appear. Instead, there’s an explanation of how dopamine works to reinforce our actions.


4) Autism Camouflaging

We use autism diagnosis as an example of beta bias in Psychology. The same tests are used for both males and females, yet females tend to display different symptoms of the underlying problems of understanding of others compared to males. This article focuses on the idea of camouflaging. Females are more likely to do this than males.


5) False Belief Tasks

One of the problems about understanding research into theory of mind is that it is not clear from the evidence when theory of mind begins. The false belief tasks suggest that it comes at about age five but Gopnik’s research based on broccoli suggests that it comes earlier. Here’s a link to an abstract by Renee Baillargeon which suggests that there is evidence of false belief understanding in children much younger than four. That figures.


6) The Connectome

Here’s a video of the Connectome being explained at five different levels.


7) Women And Mental Health

Two specifications ago, we used to look at Brown and Harris’ research about depression in women in deprived neighbourhoods of south London. Here’s Jim Lucey writing beautifully about gender, brain and mental health.


8) Cognitive Impairment In Depression

This article notes that CBT and other standard treatments for depression do not address the cognitive impairments typically experienced by people with depression.


9) Dendrites

We’ve just finished looking at structure and function of neurons in Year 1. In the accounts we use, dendrites don’t do anything more that receive signals. This research suggests that they do a bit more. This might explain why our brains can do such complex thinking.

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