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Post Of The Week – Sunday 13th September, 2020

1) False Memory We’ve started Year 12 with a practical on false memory. It uses the same procedure as Year 13 used at the end of last term. Here’s a piece of video from TED Ed about false memory. Its author is a professor at Harvard. 2) Poverty, Well Being And Diet I have been […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th August 2020

The blog has been away for a while. The growth of the pandemic and in particular the reliance on non-pharmaceutical interventions both seemed like impossible obstacles to writing a blog. Commenting on obedience, conformity and social change risked people taking research the wrong way and doing things which put them at risk. I didn’t want […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th February 2020

1) Laura Schulz – The Surprisingly Logical Minds Of Babies Following on from Baillargeon’s work on infant cognition we have been doing in Year 2, here is a TED Talk from four years ago about the reasoning of 15 month old children. Schulz has something powerful to say about human cognition and thinking based on […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 22nd February 2020

1) Three Things I Wish More People Knew About OCD This blogpost is by someone who lives with OCD. We will be looking at OCD in Year 1 at the end of this half term.   2) Nudging Here is a piece about how people can be influenced to make small changes in behaviour.   […]

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, […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th January, 2020

1) Science Of Evil This is essential listening for us in relation to the Social Psychology we do. It places the work of Asch, Milgram and Moscovici as well as some other psychologists in its social context and specifically cultural context. It does so in a critical and informed way which adds to our understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th January, 2020

1) Reductionism And Addiction This article is about one researcher’s journey to understanding the complexity of addiction through her own experience of it. It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the focus on Psychology has become more holistic. This article explains it well. On a similar theme, here is Pim Cuijpers on preventing depression. “Although improving […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th December 2019

1) Ed Bullmore We came across Ed Bullmore talking about nature-nurture the other week in Year 2. Here is a piece about his work on inflammation and depression. The article is also useful for understanding how science takes a more holistic approach. Depression is no longer assumed to be one thing. Research into cancer now […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th December 2019

1) Altruism We used to study this as part of the A Level course. Here’s a radio programme about two major thinkers in this area, George Price and Joan Roughgarden.   2) Are babies capable of making moral decisions? This video from PBS explores this idea. It’s a development of the work on infants’ understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 28th November 2019

1) Grand Theft Auto If you play video games, you are probably familiar with the claim that they lead to violent acts. This article looks at the problem using qualitative data, examining the perspective of the participants. It is the value systems which these games represent rather than the violence within them which seems to […]