Post Of The Week – Tuesday 28th August 2019

1) Definitions Of Abnormality

Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.


2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth?

Here is a piece of video from the BBC.


3) The History Of Genetics

I’ve been thinking about nature-nurture recently because it was in the A Level exam. Here is a piece on some of the history of the debate. There are some old ideas here.


4) Dissociative Amnesia

When we study types of long term memory, we think about the implications of dividing memory into different types for helping them. This piece looks at dissociative amnesia.  This links to episodic memory.


5) Bowlby – Looking Back

This article is ten years old but well worth reading. It’s written by Barbara Tizard, one of the giants of the field who died in 2015. It explains both the origins of Bowlby’s theory and how he later changed his mind. That is what makes Attachment difficult to study as a topic. The maternal deprivation theory, with its claim about the irreversibility of separation, comes from early in his career. Attachment theory, with its focus on the internal working model, comes from much later.


6) Why Your First Memory Is Probably Wrong

Here’s a brief video from the BBC and the Open University.


7) Your Blood Changes Your Brain

Here’s a piece about the physiological basis of depression. We can use this in contrast with the cognitive explanations which are the focus of our course.


8) The Biomedical Model

Here is Peter Kinderman on a University Of Liverpool podcast.


9) Mobile Assessment for the Prediction of Suicide

This video describes a new study using an app on participants’ phones to assess risk of suicide. The related article is here.


10) What Is Autism?

I’ve been looking at the materials on theory of mind and autism today. It is easy to lose sight of how serious autism can be. This article is a timely reminder.


11) Food Preferences

When we look at factors influencing food preferences, we consider the influence of peers and family. This research looks at the influence of the environment, specifically the types of food which are available. The more fast food outlets passed on the way to work, the higher the BMI.

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