Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th October 2019

1) Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal

The work we do on the nature-nurture debate now has its origins in the eugenics movement in the late nineteenth century. This programme explores these ideas. I haven’t watched it yet but it looks excellent.

 

2) Talking To Children

In Year 1, we look caregiver-infant interactions at the start of the Attachment topic. This article looks at the importance of speech in the development of children. It deals well with the controversies of research in this area.

 

3) Also On Attachment ….

This research looks at the cost of insecure attachment. It ties into other research which looks at the link between attachment and later bullying and anti-social behaviour which we look at in our course. There is a link about the research here which seems not to be working at the moment.

 

4) Food Preferences

Ten years ago when I started teaching people about this, sugar taxes seemed like a crazy idea. This article makes a case for their success and explains why their use may be extended. This article builds on the research we have looked at in the Year 1 Induction Task, looking at the impact of nudges to induce people to eat less meat.

 

5) Localisation Of Brain Function

We’ll be working on this in Year 2 this week. Implants to the motor cortex make the exoskeleton work in this news story. This is a pretty startling example of how the brain adapts to change: neural plasticity. In people who are blind, the visual cortex is able to map the environment based on acoustic inputs.

 

6) Better Sleep Habits Lead To Better College Grades

Except they don’t really as the relationship between sleep habits and academic attainment is simply correlational. Here is the news story. The research paper here is rather more accurate.

 

7) BBC Sounds

10 minutes into this radio programme, there is an account of Milgram’s study of obedience. This episode of Desert Island Discs features  Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. Some of her story is quite harrowing but her account of how psychological research has informed her work as a fire fighter is fascinating.

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