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Post Of The Week – Sunday, February 10th 2019

1) Following On From Our Practical Firstly, the video extract we watched to explain the impact of the natural environment is now here. It’s powerful. This research paper came out last week. It comes from the Myriad team who are researching the introduction of mindfulness training into schools. For mindfulness to be accepted and be […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 30th January 2019

1) Electro-Convulsive Therapy We used to study this as part of our A Level. Many myths surround its use. Here is a useful and balanced view from TED-Ed.   2) CBT For Weight Loss When we study psychological explanations of obesity, we look at how distorted beliefs about diets leads to people gaining weight. This […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 16th January, 2019

1) Food This follow up episode┬áto Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series last spring is worth watching. It has a similar blend to the original programmes: campaigning on food marketing and labelling alongside a personal story about the battle to lose weight. There was reference to evolutionary explanations of food preference, focusing on the combination of fat and […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 9th January 2019

1) The New Prescription For Happiness In Year 1 in a few weeks, we will do a practical comparing different approaches to reducing stress: mindfulness and walking in green space. This article is therefore timely. It explores how people are using simple, everyday activities as a route to well-being as an alternative, or perhaps in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th December, 2018

1) What Makes Me, Me? This is the third of this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. It’s aimed at an audience younger than sixth form but deals with some of the content of our course – natural selection, lactase persistence – as well as presenting contemporary controversies about genes and environment. It is worth sticking […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 20th December 2018

1) Recovery After Trauma We think about this in Year 2 Biopsychology. Here are some individual stories of trauma and recovery sensitively told.   2) How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety In our course, we look at the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and flooding in treating phobias. SD works on the principle […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 9th December 2018

1) Hyperthymesia This video from SciShow explains hyperthymesia, also known as highly superior autobiographical memory. There are references to the work we do on memory and also on OCD. This article makes a link to the practical we run on false memory at the start of Year 2.   2) How The Brain Works This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd December 2018

1) Broca’s Aphasia This video features Sarah Scott. She had a stroke when she was 18, resulting in the development of aphasia. She talks in this video about losing and then regaining the use of speech. Here she is at an earlier stage of her recovery having her brain scanned.   2) Neural Networks In […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 26th November, 2018

1) Replication Crisis We’ve been working in Year 1 on a correlational study. Some of the correlations turned out the way we expected based on previous research, some didn’t. This article explains the findings of the Many Labs 2 study. It aimed to replicate the findings of 28 important studies, with 14 replications coming up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th November, 2018

1) Food Preference We’ll be starting Eating Behaviour in Year 2 very soon. Here is a podcast about food preference, including an experimental procedure where a taste test is paired with different sounds.   2) Mind As A Machine This video is remarkable. It forms the basis for an exploration of what it means to […]