Post Of The Week – Wednesday 30th January 2019

1) Electro-Convulsive Therapy

We used to study this as part of our A Level. Many myths surround its use. Here is a useful and balanced view from TED-Ed.


2) CBT For Weight Loss

When we study psychological explanations of obesity, we look at how distorted beliefs about diets leads to people gaining weight. This from the Beck Institute looks at a case study of obesity. It explains how challenging beliefs and values in relation to food as part of a programme of CBT helped one person lose weight.

Also on CBT, this article explains how CBT will be made available digitally for young people experiencing depression.


3) Cognitive Diversity

We’re looking at Vygotsky’s theory in Year 2 at the moment. One of the strengths of Vygotsky’s theory is that it receives support from studies which explore different patterns of cognitive development in different settings. People do not all learn in the same way. However, this article suggests that increasingly they do. As globalisation spreads along with the influence of the main global languages, different ways of thinking about and describing the world are in decline.


4) Biodiversity And Mental Health

In our Year 1 lesson tomorrow, we will looking at research into the effects of a biodiverse environment and well-being. This blog post on the BBC Winterwatch website tells one man’s story of recovery.


5) Night Owls, Early Birds And Genetics

This article, with a link at the bottom to the original research paper, explains how the number of genes linked to settings of the circadian rhythm of sleeping and waking has been established.  The agenda now is to understand how these genes have an effect and what the connections might be to mental health disorders.


6) Pim Cuijpers

We look at Pim Cuijpers’ research into the effectiveness of CBT for depression. Here he is talking about priorities for the future.


7) Skinny Genes

Before Christmas, I posted a link to an interview with Sadaf Farooqi on The Life Scientific. In that, she mentions research into the genetic basis of being thin. That interview was done over a year ago. Here is a news report about the research.


8) Teenage Brain

Much of the coverage on the teenage brain focuses on risk-taking and anti-social behaviours. This article seeks to set that record straight.


9) Problematic Social Media Use

Much continues to be written about this. Here, Mark Griffiths says something sensible.


10) How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are

Here is a lecture from Kevin Mitchell.


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