Post Of The Week – Saturday 8th February 2020

1) Separation

When we study Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation, we set it in the context of the upheaval of the Second World War. This article explains how across the world, such separation is now experienced by very many children.


2) Language Centres

Here’s Hank Green doing some great stuff on Broca and Wernicke, including a load of things which do not appear in textbooks.


3) Peter Fonagy

We use research from Peter Fonagy as part of our work on depression. Here he is on BBC Radio 4 “Life Scientific”.


4) Mobile Phones

This article looks at the impact on their children of the use of phones by parents. Parents act as role models for their children’s phone use. Parents’ phone use also affects the quality of their interaction with their children. Amy Orben is a key researcher in this area. Here she is on the BPS Research Digest Podcast talking about her research. She covers some of the same ground in this interview.


5) Personal Involvement And Political Action

When we study minority influence, we look at how by showing commitment through making a change in their personal lives, campaigners can influence others to adopt their point of view. This article explores the relationship between these aspects of social change in more detail.


6) Michael Rosbash

Michael Rosbash won a Nobel Prize for his research on circadian rhythms. Here is an extended lecture from him.


7) Anorexia And Exercise

Here is a BBC News piece with a link to some research from Anglia Ruskin University.


8) Cultural Differences

This article looks at how people deal with lost property in Japan. It tells us much about collective values and the control of the state over people’s lives. This article looks at how we might measure cultural differences. Thinking in terms of individualistic and collectivistic cultures does not do justice to the complexity of these differences.


9) Catherine Sebastian On Adolescent Anxiety And Depression

In this blogpost, Catherine Sebastian explains her role in the Wellcome Trust’s project to address well-being in young people. It’s a fascinating insight into how thinking in this area is changing, reflecting the insights into anorexia nervosa from Frances Connan and Dasha Nicholls which we explore in our course. Sebastian explains that research for at least the last 20 years on the assumption that if we can identify causal mechanisms underlying mental health conditions, we can then build solutions. That assumption lies behind the way we study OCD, depression and phobias at A Level. This approach has brought little progress: “this approach has not yielded the promised improvements in interventions for mental health over the past 20 years.” The approach now is to focus on what works. That approach, however, brings problems of its own.


10) Genetic Basis Of Autism

Here’s the latest research. We’ll be looking at autism in Year 2 soon.

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