Post Of The Week – Thursday, 11th July 2019

1) Screen Time

Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.


2) And On Gambling ….

Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of this news story about in-game purchases on games played by children.


3) How Best To Challenge Science Deniers

This article relates to minority social influence and social change. It looks at how challenging unscientific beliefs about vaccines and climate change is unlikely to bring positive results. It suggests that interventions once people have formed opinions on these issues are unlikely to be effective. Early education seems matter more.


4) You are what you eat – why the future of nutrition is personal

We think we know what is good for us but this article suggests otherwise. Individuals vary greatly in their responses to different foods, meaning that what works for one person is different from what works for another. The genetic basis is relatively weak. This has implications for dietary advice.


5) Myths About Schizophrenia

We don’t study schizophrenia as an option on our course but it is worth watching this episode of SciShow. As with so much else in Psychology, it is complex. Simple answers based, for example on dopamine will not do.


6) Stress And Memory

We have a problem with research into factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Laboratory experiments suggest that anxiety negatively affects the accuracy of memory but studies by Yuille and Cutshall (1986) and Christianson and Hubinette (1993) suggest that memories are accurate. This research looks at how research now suggests that stress makes memories less distinctive. That has implications when witnesses take the stand and have to identify suspects.


7) Dasha Nicholls On Eating Disorders

Dr. Dasha Nicholls works at Imperial College London and is an expert on eating disorders in childhood and adolescence.


8) Diagnosis

This news story relates to some research which has come out this week from Peter Kinderman. The debate is about formulation and diagnosis, something we have looked at before in lessons. More about this research can be found here.


9) More Than Medication To Treat ADHD

Here is the link. Another piece of evidence for the biopsychosocial model.


10) All In The Mind

A really good final episode here, with plenty on mental illness. Part of this is about how to prevent children learning to be anxious from their parents.


11) Attachment

Here’s a piece about parenting styles and attachment, with reference to Bowlby and Ainsworth. Here’s a piece on how babies learn to recognise faces.


12) Biodiversity

Here’s a video about the effect of having plants around.


Here’s a piece about children engaging with nature. All useful for our research work.



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