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Post Of The Week – Tuesday 13th August 2019

1) Drug For Obesity When we study biological explanations of obesity, we consider the impact of the MC4R gene. We also consider this as a piece of socially sensitive research. One of the justifications of the research into the genes for obesity is that even though it labels and possibly stigmatises people, it gives them […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 30th July 2019

1) Young, British And Depressed Channel 4 broadcast a programme with this title as part of Dispatches yesterday. I don’t have a link but it should be possible to find it however you access Channel 4. It looked at two specific issues. One was about whether it makes sense to put a label on the […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 22nd July 2019

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday, 11th July 2019

1) Screen Time Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.   2) And On Gambling …. Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th June 2019

1) Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me This programme was originally broadcast in 2017 and is back on iPlayer for the next three weeks. It deals not only with the symptoms of autism but asks broader questions about abnormality and cure.   2) All In The Mind This has been a fine series. It looks like […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 17th June 2019

1) Nature And Well-Being This is a theme behind the practical we do in Year 1 comparing a mindfulness video and a walk in a biodiverse environment for their effect in reducing stress. This article and this article relate to same piece of research which is published here. It shows an association between spending two […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

1) Genetics Of Depression Here is Ed Yong writing clearly and purposefully about the problems with research into the genetic basis of depression. I have been using this research as part of our course for a while. More recent research gives a more nuanced and plausible account of how genes might influence depression.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday May 8th, 2019

1) Anna Freud Centre The Anna Freud Centre is moving to new premises. This article is a profile of its director, Peter Fonagy. His is an interesting story of the importance of therapy. The centre has also become multi-disciplinary, a reflection of the way in which Psychology is developing.   2) Missing Heritability We know with […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th April, 2019

1) All In The Mind – Clarke And Carrie Carlisle Clarke Carlisle was a professional footballer. He has suffered severe depression. He and his wife talk about their experience in this episode of All In The Mind. It is extraordinarily good. We’ve been thinking about the definition of abnormality in terms of failure to function […]