Post Of The Week – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology?

This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.


2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think

Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa and that there might be one mechanism which was the basis of both. This video shows how the range is expanding, with the relationship between gender and eating disorders being complex and with the range of contributing factors expanding. A very good snapshot of how Psychology is changing. Related to this idea of multiple factors, here is a blog entry from the EDIT Lab which explores causes of depression and anxiety.


3) fMRI

This is a clever piece of video, using a sound recording of a space mission to show an fMRI scanner in action. We have been thinking in our Year 2 revision session today about how fMRI has changed the way we understand the brain by helping us to understand how different elements of the brain work together. At the same time, we understand its limitations: it does not directly study neurons, just the activity around them.


4) The Listening Place – Humanistic Psychology

Again in our revision session this morning, we were talking about Humanistic Psychology. The work of The Listening Place is dealt with this episode of All In The Mind. They offer people who might have to wait for therapy or are unable to access it for some reason the chance to talk. In doing so, they apply some of the principles of Humanistic Psychology: unconditional positive regard, focus on the self. More generally, All In The Mind has been very good this series. It’s a good chance to hear how the ideas on which we work are applied in a range of contexts.


5) Sugar

Another sign of the times. In 2009, I began teaching classes about the public health campaign in New York to persuade people to consume less sugar. It seemed weird. This article, comparing legislation on tobacco with proposals regarding sugar shows how much the landscape has changed.


6) Children whose parents used more words tended to do better in the cognitive tests.

This is the finding of the study reported here in the BPS Digest. There is lots to think about here, particularly on Research Methods: observation, population and sample, understanding correlation.


7) Rethinking The Stanford Prison Experiment

This article from Reicher, Haslam and Van Bavel runs through some of the criticisms of Zimbardo’s study which have emerged in the last couple of years. There are a couple of disturbing details which don’t get mentioned in the text books.


8) Polygenic Risk Scores

Here is a series of videos about how these work.


9) Flux of Life

Here is Uta Frith explaining the development of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. You have to be patient but the article explores many issues with which we deal: scanning the brain, nature-nurture, developmental disorders, describing the mind as a machine. Great stuff.


10) Anil Seth Answers Some Questions

Some interesting questions and authoritative answers. Really good on fMRI near the end.


11) Why We Still Study Freud

Mr. Weymouth asked me about this today in school. Here is a good answer from SciShow.


12) Influences of a father’s behaviour on his daughter’s relationships with men

This article has something important to say about the influence of early attachment on later behaviour.


13) Screen Time

You are not supposed to use a phone before you go to bed. This article looks at what the harmful effects of using a phone late at night might be and how they can be mitigated. Sensible stuff for once on this topic.

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