Post Of The Week – Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

A few days late, due to the mock exams.

1) Maslow’s Hierarchy

This piece from the BPS Digest looks at some common misconceptions about Maslow’s hierarchy. It points out that Maslow did not think that all needs have to be met at one level before moving on to the next level, nor did he think self-actualisation is the peak of the hierarchy of needs. At the peak are, well, peak experiences. It is instructive in this context to listen to the audio extracts on the webpage here. The academics who argue against Maslow do so without committing themselves to the myths around his theory.


2) Addictive Personality

This was published a couple of years ago but is still worth looking at on addictive personality. There’s a simple take home point: you can’t predict who will develop an addiction on the basis of measurements of personality. Addiction is both too complex and too widespread. There’s more about this here and here.


3) A Couple On Circadian Rhythms

This article explains the connection between disruption to circadian rhythms and mood disorders. It is well balanced and judicious in looking at the limitations of the evidence. This piece looks at ideas about how our eating habits might not best fit the rhythms of our bodies. Central to both of these pieces is the idea that “there are clocks in virtually every cell in the body”.


4) Daphne Martschenko

Daphne Martschenko is president of the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club. She’s also a research psychologist. Here is a profile of her.


5) Two On Treating Depression

We look in our course at how CBT is added to drug therapy for people being treated with depression. This evidence from the Cochrane Group shows that this is effective. Another approach to dealing with treatment resistant depression is to give people more drugs, either anti-depressants or other types of drugs. This piece from the Mental Elf looks at evidence about that.


6) Gene-Environment Correlation

Here’s a subtle take on gene-environment correlation from Thalia Eley. She explains how genetic differences drive how parents treat their children which in turn affects the development of the children.


7) Memories Getting Lost

Here’s a clever piece from TED-Ed.


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