1) Genetic Basis Of Educational Achievement
Here’s the latest from the IOPPN on genetics and educational achievement, looking ate differences in polygenic scores between students in different types of school. This should get us thinking about nature and nurture. Students, you won’t be surprised to hear, are different from each other.
2) Psychological Treatment Through New Technologies
We’re looking at cognitive behaviour therapy next week in Year 1 as part of the cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression. Here is Pim Cuijpers talking about the use of technology to develop CBT. He talks about how mobile technology can make the process of monitoring mood and practising thought catching much more effective. He also explains some of the challenges of doing randomised controlled trials when the technology is changing so rapidly.
In the Year 2 sessions last week, I showed you how meta-analysis showed that evidence for behavioural interventions for addiction is methodologically flawed. I contrasted this with the quality of work for other types of therapy. This blogpost about some meta-analysis of studies into the effectiveness of e-therapies made me stop, think and reconsider.
4) The Science Of Crowds
Beta-bias underestimates the differences between genders. This piece explores how effective treatment of anxiety requires awareness of difference.
6) Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
We looked at Mark Griffiths’ research into gambling on fruit machines this week in Year 2. Here’s a related news story about regulation of fixed odds betting terminals now.
7) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Here’s an interview with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. She has just brought out a book about adolescence.