Post Of The Week – Sunday 7th April 2019

1) Perfectionism

We refer to perfectionism in the context of cognitive explanations of depression. It’s an example of all or nothing thinking. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. We also relate perfectionism to the development of anorexia nervosa. People who believe that only control over everything is good enough. In this video, Hank Green also refers to the link between perfectionism and OCD and explains how perfectionism can be addressed through CBT.


2) Adolescent Brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore talks about the adolescent brain 10 minutes into this programme. There is some familiar material here but also some new research on embarrassment and the importance of social interaction. There is also the problem of why such a high proportion of psychological disorder starts in adolescence.


3) The Positive Effect Of Walking

Here’s a piece from a couple of years ago on the effect on well-being of taking a walk. This study looks specifically at the effects of a “nature pill”, 20 minutes of exposure to nature, on stress as measured by cortisol levels. The researcher, MaryCarol Hunter, talks about her research here.


4) Intuitive Eating

We talk about mindful eating when we study the success and failure of dieting. “Intuitive eating” is a term which can be used interchangeably. Here is an article about it, with a good summary of what the research tells us.


5) Applied Behavioural Analysis

Our preferred example for application of Skinner’s research is token economy. We might, as this article indicates, also refer to applied behavioural therapy. This uses Skinner’s ideas about operant conditioning to teach children with autism how to behave. It is controversial.

This video from the Autistica charity gives an insight into the experience of autism.


6) Reciprocity

The interactions adults have with infants may well have a language element. Here is a SciShow video about baby talk.


7) Video Games

Here is a piece by Pete Etchells on myths surrounding video games. Here is a piece about the effects of screen time.

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