1) Brain Stimulation For OCD
When we study OCD, we look at the effect of deep brain stimulation. This study shows how that research moves on. Two specific areas deep within the brain are named.
This video relates to ideas within the psychodynamic approach which we explore in Year 2.
3) Two Minute Neuroscience
This is a useful set of videos on YouTube.
Here are two good ones: acetylcholine which is relevant to nicotine addiction, and Wernicke’s area which is relevant to Year 2 Biopsychology.
4) Libet’s Experiment
When we study free will, we look at Libet’s study which suggests that brain activity leading to an action precedes our conscious awareness of that action. Here is an updated version of it.
5) Pim Cuijpers
Pim Cuijpers is an important researcher whose work we use in relation to depression. Here, he talks about how to prevent depression.
6) Why Am I Shy?
This BBC World Service programme sounds interesting.
7) Marginally Significant
It is always a bit of a problem when we get results in practicals which are close to the p=0.05 threshold but don’t quite get there. There is something, it seems, going on but the results are not strong enough to be called significant. Psychologists get round this by describing such results as “marginally significant”. They really shouldn’t. This article explains more.
8) Why Your Memories Can’t Be Trusted
Here’s some video from The Guardian, tackling in particular the idea of memory working in the brain as in a computer. Elizabeth Loftus appears.
Research has been going on into the antidepressant effect of ketamine. Here, Hank Green has something sensible to say about this.
10) Sex Differences In Depression
When we look at gender bias in Year 2, we consider the effect of beta bias on the diagnosis of autism. This piece explores the same issue in relation to depression.
11) The Effects Of Violent Video Games
Not as bad as we thought, according to this paper.