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Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th April 2019

1) Sci Show On Genetic Testing Here’s Hank with an overview of genetic testing, showing what genetic testing can and cannot tell us.   2) Precise brain stimulation boosts memory This news story from the BBC explains research which has used brain stimulation to boost working memory. The effects are short lived but surprising.   […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 7th April 2019

1) Perfectionism We refer to perfectionism in the context of cognitive explanations of depression. It’s an example of all or nothing thinking. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. We also relate perfectionism to the development of anorexia nervosa. People who believe that only control over everything is good enough. In this video, Hank Green also […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st March, 2019

1) The Future Of Depression Treatment In Year 1 last week, we were looking at how understanding the biology of OCD might lead to better treatment. If the genetic basis of OCD in each individual case is understood, then treatment can be personalised. This video looks at how research in relation to depression addressing this […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th March 2019

1) The Psychology Of Climate Change Responding to climate change can be seen as an example of social change. In our course, we see social change as a consequence of social influence processes. This video explains some of the psychology of climate change. Here is a link to the University Of California website which deals […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 17th March, 2019

1) Brain Stimulation For OCD When we study OCD, we look at the effect of deep brain stimulation. This study shows how that research moves on. Two specific areas deep within the brain are named.   2) Rorschach This video relates to ideas within the psychodynamic approach which we explore in Year 2.   3) […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday March 7th, 2019

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday February 21st, 2019

1) Some Follow Up To Our Mindfulness Practical Our work in the Year 1 practical showed the benefit of meditation and exposure to a biodiverse environment in helping people manage stress. This article looks at issues of access to green space, focusing in particular on access to national parks. This article summarises research about the long […]

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 to 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 […]