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Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th June 2017

1) The Psychology Of Cults Cults are interesting from a social psychological point of view. They are based on obedience to an authority figure and rely on compliance. This video from TED Ed touches on some other Psychology concepts.   2) The Smartphone Psychiatrist The psychiatrist in question is Tom Insel. This extended profile is […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th June, 2017

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th June 2017

1) Women And Addiction We have thought about gender bias in relation to several areas of Psychology this year, distinguishing between alpha and beta bias. Addiction is not an area we have thought about. This piece from the Mental Elf explains how women’s experience of addiction is different from that of men and what we […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th May 2017

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th May 2017

1) Anorexia Nervosa In Young Children This article starts by looking at anorexia nervosa in pre-pubescent children and moves on to a more general and authoritative overview of what anorexia nervosa is and isn’t. The article focuses on family therapy while playing down the validity of family systems theory. Whilst social pressures and traumatic events […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th May 2017

1) Split Brain Patients This article refers to a piece of research about split brain patients which was published a couple of months ago. Sperry’s split brain research is designed to show how each half of the brain works separately in patients whose corpus callosum has been severed. An object presented to the left visual field […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th April 2017

1) ADHD You can listen to a discussion about ADHD in this episode of All In The Mind. There’s a link to a TV documentary here. ADHD used just to be diagnosed in children. There are now adults receiving diagnosis who were not diagnosed as children. This mirrors developments in the diagnosis of depression. Until […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday April 22nd 2017

1) More On Short Term And Long Term Memory More articles have appeared about research into the formation of memories in mice. There are two here and here. The key idea is that, rather than information passing from short term to long term memory, short and long term memories of an event are formed simultaneously. This […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday April 15th, 2017

1) Therapygenetics This lecture from Thalia Eley explains what has been done to understand the genetic basis for who benefits from therapy. She deals with the limitations of candidate gene studies: I have now included a reference to this on the depression webpage. There’s a fascinating story here about what has been found so far […]