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Post Of The Week – Saturday February 17th, 2018

1) Implanting False Memories A crucial claim of Elizabeth Loftus’ research is that it is possible to manipulate testimony and to implant false memories. We look at some of her research here. A problem with this research is that the memories which are implanted and manipulated seem trivial in comparison with the court cases to […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th February 2018

1) My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War This programme tells the story of one man’s recovery from a serious stroke. It covers some essential elements of our course: plasticity, lateralisation, localisation, language. It’s much more than that though. It shows how far medicine has got in treating such complex problems and shows us what it is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th February 2018

1) Brain Buzz – Gambling This podcast comes from some PhD students from the University Of British Columbia. I’ve dipped in and listened to bits of it. Psychology is fundamentally a research subject where researchers form hypotheses which they then test. It is also fundamentally about using a variety of approaches to understand questions and […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th January 2018

No post last week due to the mocks. 1) Charlotte Church – Inside My Brain This is very good from the BBC. Charlotte Church explores what is known about the biological basis, with a focus on some cutting edge therapy. She also speaks to her mum about the experience of bipolar disorder. There is a […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th January 2018

1) Uta Frith Talking About Alice Lee In this short BBC video, Uta Frith discusses Alice Lee’s pioneering research into brain size in the early 1900s. It’s a brilliant example of how Psychology works. This video on probability in the same series is almost as good.   2) John Dury On Crowds John Drury is […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday January 6th, 2018

1) Internet Gaming Disorder The new version of ICD, the International Classification of Diseases from the World Health Organisation will include internet gaming disorder. This is controversial. It’s important for a couple of reasons. If something appears in the ICD list, it is something that you can get treatment for: someone else will pay. Secondly, […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st December, 2017

1) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures These were given this year by Sophie Scott. She is a professor at UCL and specialises in neuroscience. The webpage on the BBC is here. There’s a great demonstration of Broca’s area near the start of the third lecture.   2) P-Values We’ll be again trying to get our heads […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 23rd December, 2017

1) Transfer Effects Of Working Memory Training When studying working memory, we look at the idea that understanding a child’s working memory may be important in understanding why s/he might be having problems learning in school. There is also the claim that it is possible to train children to develop better working memory. This article based […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th December, 2017

1) Crowds This radio programme from the BBC World Service explores the sociology and psychology of crowds.  It features Clifford Stott, who we see in the reconstruction of the Milgram procedure in the Year 1 course. It looks at the crowd as a source of social identity and also at the role which crowds play in social […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th December, 2017

1) Averil Hart We’ve been working on anorexia nervosa in Year 2 this week and will do so for a bit of next week. We’ve focused on how complex and how serious anorexia nervosa is. This news story about the inquiry into the death of Averil Hart from the consequences of anorexia nervosa serves as […]