Category Addictive Behaviour

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd December, 2017

1) All In The Mind Two good things from All In The Mind this week. Firstly, there was a report on a scheme to make the films of the lives of people with dementia. Enabling them to preserve episodic memory in this way reduces anxiety and preserves a sense of self. Secondly, there is an […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th November 2017

1) The Disease Model When we were studying free will and determinism the other week, we saw that regarding mental illness as a disease like any other removes stigma because it treats mental illness as an illness like any other. The negative side to this is that people think there is nothing they can do […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th October 2017

1) OCD As Dysfunctional Habit This podcast from MQ looks at OCD not as the product of irrational thinking but as a dysfunctional habit. The idea has been around for a while and is controversial but the research and the personal testimony are interesting.   2) Aspergers And Me Chris Packham’s documentary last week was […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th September, 2017

1) Researching E-Cigarettes This article explores some of the issues with researching the effects of e-cigarettes. To understand the long-term harm, researchers need to find people who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked. That turns out to be difficult because they don’t want to volunteer to take part.   2) Contagious Behaviour This article is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th August, 2017

1) The Mind And The Brain This episode of The Infinite Monkey Cage includes a discussion of mind and brain. Wide ranging and surprising.   2) And Also On The Radio …. This programme takes what we think we know about Pavlov and challenges it.   3) Gender And The Brain This article looks at […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 13th August, 2017

1) Smartphones This article looks at the effect of smartphones on children and adolescents. It challenges claims by Jean Twenge, whose work we look at in the context of locus of control, about the damaging effect of phones on well-being. It’s useful for us in a couple of ways. Firstly, it raises some research methods […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th July 2017

1) To The Bone This article acts as a commentary on “To The Bone”, a film about anorexia nervosa which is now available on Netflix. The article challenges the idea that watching the film could be harmful or triggering for people at risk of developing anorexia. To claim this, the article claims, is to misrepresent the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 8th July 2017

1)  A Leading Happiness Researcher Says …. We’ve seen some very fine work done on research projects in the last few weeks. They have been prompted by a puzzling finding from last year: high levels of anxiety are associated with high aspiration. One group this year has found a correlation between future focus and stress. Another […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday July 1st 2017

1) Varenicline vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy This paper deals with the latest research on Varenicline as a treatment for nicotine addiction. It’s a big study with records used from GP practices across the UK. There were 287 079 patient records accessed, with follow up over a four year period. Patients’ status of smokers is established by self-report: […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 24th June 2017

1) Genetic Basis Of Anorexia Nervosa It is odd that, although the genetic basis of anorexia nervosa is established by twin studies, which genes are involved has remained elusive. This article explains new research which addresses this problem. Not only is an area of Chromosome 12 identified but there are also correlations with other traits and disorders. […]