Post Of The Week – Saturday January 6th, 2018

1) Internet Gaming Disorder

The new version of ICD, the International Classification of Diseases from the World Health Organisation will include internet gaming disorder. This is controversial. It’s important for a couple of reasons. If something appears in the ICD list, it is something that you can get treatment for: someone else will pay. Secondly, it implies that there is something wrong with you and that spending a lot of time playing games on the internet is somehow harmful. At the same time, giving a behaviour a label in this way might mean that people who need help get it. This article from CNN explains something of the controversy. This research from Andrew Przybylski and colleagues suggests that a similar approach to the problem by the American Psychiatric Association was flawed: you can just read the abstract at the start. This gets interesting for us on our course when we think about definitions of abnormality. Internet Gaming Disorder can only be counted as a psychological disorder if it matches one or more of the definitions. That is why they are important.


2) Misconceptions About OCD

This is really good from SciShow, both on the characteristics and on the explanations.



3) New Research On Mirror Neurons

In Year 2, we’ll be looking at mirror neurons later this term. Mirror neurons fire both when we carry out an action and when we see someone else do so. How many we have and how they develop remain as controversial questions. This study from UCLA shows that research into mirror neurons is ongoing. It links responses in the areas of the brain where mirror neurons are thought to operate to differences in responses to moral dilemmas.


4) Lebet’s Experiment And Free Will

Here is a summary from the BBC of the Lebet experiment which we look at as part of the debate about free will and determinism. It explores some of the problems of interpreting Lebet’s findings.


5) Neurolaw And Order

The standard view of cognitive neuroscience is that the brain does not stabilise in its development until people reach the age of 25. This documentary looks at the way in which this insight is being applied in the US justice system.


6) Psychoanalysis

This article gives an overview of why psychoanalysis is still relevant.


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