Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th September 2019

1) Nudges

The Year 1 induction task includes a section on nudges. Giles Yeo in the video we watch makes changes to the arrangement of drinks in the fridges of takeaways in order to push people to buy healthier drinks. This article explains a similar process with the online orders at McDonalds.

 

2) Contagious Yawning

This video explains contagious yawning, referring to mirror neurons.

 

3) Video Games

This article deals with the effect of violent video games on behaviour. It refers to the World Health Organisation classification of gaming disorder and looks at evidence on both sides of the debate about gaming.

 

4)  Digital Phenotyping

In this podcast, Helen Christianson explains how phones can be used to track people’s vulnerability to depression.

 

5) Antidepressants And Deprivation

This article looks at the social determinants of depression.

 

6) Determinism ….

This article looks at a famous experiment by Benjamin Libet which appears to challenge our intuitions about free will.

 

7) … And Reductionism

The first part of this article refers to arguments about reductionism and holism. It gets technical and biological towards the end.

 

8) Technology And Mental Health

Here’s David Freeman talking about digital therapy based on VR. We look at his work in connection with therapies for phobias.

 

9) Addiction And Mental Health

One of the striking facts from our addiction topic is that a third of all tobacco smoked in England is smoked by people with a mental health condition. This shows that people with a mental health disorder often have an addiction as well. As this article explains, it then becomes difficult for them to get treatment.

 

10) Kearnan Myall

Kearnan Myall has been a top level rugby player. He is about to start a PhD in psychiatry, studying mindfulness and mental health in elite athletes. This is his story.

 

11) Foot Painters’ Toes And Brains

This research is a remarkable example of brain plasticity. People without functioning hands can develop maps of their feet in their brains in the same way as people who can use their hands develop a map of them. How our brain develops depends on experience.

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