Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st July 2018

1) Stanford Prison Experiment

Here is a piece from The Psychologist about Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo is still gamely sticking to his story about the validity of the study as you can see here. For me, the central point is that the distinction between conformity to social roles and obedience which our specification makes when asking us to study Zimabrdo and then Milgram is invalid. It is obvious now from the evidence that has recently emerged that Zimbardo’s study is a study of obedience of the guards to him as an authority figure.



Here’s a new video from TED-Ed

It takes a holistic view of a complex disorder.


3) The Endocrine System

And here’s another piece from TED-Ed


4) Mirror Neurons

It is easy to think that research into mirror neurons has had its day after the initial flurry of interest ten or fifteen years ago. This is not the case as this interview with Marco Iacoboni shows. The key idea is that much of our processing depends on the ability to mirror the behaviour of others. At the end, it refers to the Mukamel study which we use in our course and explains what that might tell us about memory.


5) Significance And P Values

Here is a useful resource from Crash Course.


6) Theory Of Mind

Here is a video abstract of a study into theory of mind. It features a combination of two procedures we have seen before, Gopnik’s Theory Of Mind test involving broccoli and Baillargeon’s violation of expectation research. The study looks at different ways of testing Theory Of Mind and suggests that there is little correlation in outcomes between them.


7) Loot Boxes

This article explores the use of loot boxes in games played by adolescents and considers what this teaches players about gambling.


8) Mental Illness – A Disease Like Any Other

Here are two different views on this fundamental claim of the medical model which forms the basis for much of the work on reducing stigma. This piece from Joanna Moncrieff challenges the idea that medicines for psychological disorders work on the same principles as medicines for physical disorders. This piece tells the story of someone experiencing chronically poor mental health.


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