Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th November 2017

1) The Disease Model

When we were studying free will and determinism the other week, we saw that regarding mental illness as a disease like any other removes stigma because it treats mental illness as an illness like any other. The negative side to this is that people think there is nothing they can do about the conditions from which they suffer and therefore do not seek help. This article looks at this problem in relation to alcohol. The term “alcoholism” is still widely used, based on the assumption that excessive use of alcohol is a disease. The article explores why this causes some people to ignore problematic use of alcohol because they do not think that they are suffering from the disease.


2) All In The Mind – Brain Prize Winners

This week’s episode of All In The Mind is a discussion by three researchers who have won this year’s Brain Prize. Their work focuses on the brain’s reward systems, including the role of dopamine. They have some useful things to say about how we might control these systems, offering a subtle insight into the free will and determinism debate. The discussion also illustrates the heterogeneity of psychological disorders.


3) Emergency Responses

You might have seen in the news this week reports of the incident at Oxford Circus tube station where a terrorist alert turned out to be a false alarm. In this extract from LBC, John Drury from Sussex University explains some of his research about the behaviour of crowds in response to emergencies. Some of the news reports portrayed the crowd in this situation as out of control, harking back to research from the late nineteenth century about the crowd as a mindless mob. John Drury’s research challenges this view of crowds.


4) Alex Haslam On Milgram

We referred in Year 1 to the work of Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher on Milgram, including an article they have recently published. Here, from last year, is Alex Haslam talking through some of these issues.


5) A Couple On Depression

This blog post gives an interesting insight into the experience of depression. This link shows one current direction of research.


6) Recovering From Anorexia Nervosa

With Eating Behaviour coming up in Year 2, here is a powerful account of the process of recovery.


7) A Global State Of Mind

This article about Vikram Patel explains some of the issues concerning mental health across the world.


8) Avatar Therapy For Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is not part of our course. However, this video is worth watching as an example of how treatment is advancing using digital technology.

You can read more about this here.


9) Southampton Brain Hub

I liked this video about the pituitary gland: useful for Year 1 Biopsychology.

More such resources here.

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