Post Of The Week – Wednesday May 8th, 2019

1) Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre is moving to new premises. This article is a profile of its director, Peter Fonagy. His is an interesting story of the importance of therapy. The centre has also become multi-disciplinary, a reflection of the way in which Psychology is developing.


2) Missing Heritability

We know with many conditions that genes account for a substantial proportion of the variation between individuals but often do not know which genes. Kevin Mitchell explains possible answers here. It’s complex material but also a very good explanation of how genetic research has developed.


3) Can You Become A Morning Person?

Here is Hank talking about circadian rhythms.


4) All In The Mind

Nothing here specific to what we do but some interesting themes nevertheless: addressing stigma, defining abnormality, understanding the neural processes behind changes in behaviour. The item about aphantasia is followed up in this podcast.


5) Health Interventions

This article about reducing obesity children in Leeds and this about reducing substabce abuse in adolescents in Iceland show the progress made in enabling people to live healthier lives.


6) How Drug Companies Helped Shape A Shifting, Biological View Of Mental Illness

Here’s a piece from NPR along with some audio about the development of antidepressants.  We used to cover some of this by watching a documentary on Prozac. The story has developed since then.


7) How can someone live with only half a brain?

This is explained in this article.


8) Screen Time And Social Media

This piece by Mark Griffiths on addiction and this piece  on the effect of social media do much to challenge some of the negative stories in this area.


9) We Are Psychologists

This is from the BPS. It is worth watching.


10) Serotonin Transporter Gene

I use evidence about this to show that depression can be at least partly explained genetically. This piece explains the problem of replicating this evidence. This is highlighted by Thalia Eley in a lecture, an extract of which is also on the webpage. For a more up to date picture of the genetics of depression, please follow this link.


11) Well-Being And Museums

This video from the Let’s Talk Mental Health looks at how museums can be used to support well-being. This has links to the work we are doing on well-being and biodiversity. There is a physical, cognitive and emotional aspect. By focusing on handling an object, people are able to move themselves away from the thoughts which are troubling them. We might add here a social dimension. Being in a museum involves interacting with people as well as objects. Here’s a related piece by Nuala Morse, who also appears in the video.

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