Post Of The Week – Tuesday 22nd October 2019

1) Siblings Of Problem Gamblers

When we study risk factors in addiction, we look at the idea of personality as a risk factor, linking this to genetic differences in impulsivity between individuals. As evidence, we use work done by Karen Ersche which featured in a BBC news report a few years ago. This evidence from a study of problem gamblers supports this view. Here is the original paper.


2) Green And Blue Space

Here is Piran White talking about some of the issues of how we use green and blue space.

He talks about the evidence base for the importance of exposure to green space. That is something we could look at in our setting.


3) Types Of Long Term Memory

We work hard in this sub-topic on distinguishing between episodic and semantic memory. We use some evidence from Tulving to make the point. It turns out though that Tulving himself was keen to stress the interdependence of the two types of memory which he had initially identified. You can read more about this in this paper.


4) Comorbidity

We tend to talk about the disorders which feature in our course, OCD, phobias, addiction etc., as if people were suffering from one thing at a time. This link to the Cochrane Library emphasises that this is not the case.


5) Evolutionary Explanations Of Eating Behaviour

Here is Giles Yeo doing his stuff.


6) Why there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ brain

This piece explores how we use terms: “neurotypical”, “neurodiverse”, “normal”. This makes me think about definitions of abnormality, particularly deviation from ideal mental health. It also makes me think about the work being done to challenge stigma, including the charity we support as a school. In addressing stigma, we have to accept diversity and that we cannot live up to an ideal of mental, or indeed physical, health. In connection with this, here is Peter Fonagy talking about the importance of social support.


7) Replication

In Year 1, in response to feedback on experimental results, I have stressed the importance of replication. Here is a piece on replication from the BPS Digest. Here’s an example of why we need proper replication and scrutiny of research.


8) Stress And Depression

This is important for a holistic understanding of depression.


9) Big Studies Of The Brain

When we have evaluated models and explanations of memory in Year 1, we have noted that we cannot explain how, for example, the phonological loop in the working memory model works with reference to structures and activity within the brain. That is why across the world many large scale brain studies are being done. This article explains.


10) Rating Yourself

Here is a video from TED Ed. Judgement of knowledge is researched at Plymouth University.

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