Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd November 2019

1) Anorexia nervosa rates increase among 8 to 12-year olds

That is the title of this news release from the IOPPN.  As the article indicates, this might be connected to changes in social pressures on young children. It might also be connected to changes in the way in which data is collected.


2) Ways Of Studying The Brain

Here is Adrian Owen talking about studying consciousness. Highly relevant to the work we have been doing on Biopsychology.


3) Making Memories

When we study models of memory, we make the point that we are not describing structures inside the brain. There is no one place for short term or long term memory. Within cognitive neuroscience however, progress is being made to understand how the brain stores memories. This article looks at two processes in the hippocampus and neocortex: synchronisation and desynchronisation. This article looks at how different ways of learning lead to different networks for storage. We are a long way from arguing about maintenance and elaborative rehearsal.


4) Free Will

As we hit issues and debates in Year 2, this article embracing both free will and reductionism is worth reading.


5) Babies with involved fathers learn faster, study finds

This BBC News article from a couple of years ago looks at the role of fathers in cognitive development. It is a different approach from the one we take in our course where we look at the role of the father in relation to social development but nevertheless an interesting one to pursue.


6) Race, genetics and pseudoscience: an explainer

With nature-nurture coming up in Year 2, this is a complex and interesting piece about race and genetics.


7) Why We Eat More With Family And Friends

This article from the BPS Digest contains some interesting research. I’m surprised they don’t refer to the fact that people eating with friends and family may well pay less attention to what they are eating than people who eat alone.


8) Brain Lateralisation

This is excellent.


9) Sleep

Writing about stages of sleep is awkward because strengths and limitations of the research are hard to find. Here’s a piece about toxins being reduced in slow wave sleep. Here is a piece about circadian rhythms. Here is a piece about working nights.


10) A Neural Explanation Of Obesity

This is different. Rather than explaining obesity through the action of neurotransmitters, it looks at the structure of the brain.

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