When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an ingenious way using brain imaging. This article explains how.
2) GLAD Study
“GLAD” stands for “Genetic Links To Anxiety And Depression”. It’s been launched this week. Here’s a video about it.
I include this here not because I am encouraging you to sign up but because it shows you how the science in this area is changing.
3) The Science Of Addiction
This edition of BBC Radio 4 Inside Science covers addiction. It explores effectively how understanding of addiction is changing and challenges some of the things we think we know about physiological and psychological dependence. It also coincides with a new exhibition.
4) The Eichmann Trial
Our understanding of obedience, and in particular Milgram’s research of it as explained here, is influence by the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Our view of Eichmann is substantially influenced by the writing of Hannah Arendt. This article explains why we should question Arendt’s account.
5) Anorexia Nervosa And Attachment Style
6) The Experience Of Autism
When we define abnormality, we do so in terms of deficit: failure to function, deviation from social norms or ideal mental health. The focus is on the individual. This article explains how, in relation to autism, we need to think more about deficits in the environment.