Category Addictive Behaviour

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 10th April, 2017

1) Serotonin Transporter Protein Gene I’ll admit this is a bit of a blow. For several years, I’ve been using a piece of video to go with some research which identifies the short form of the serotonin as a risk factor in the development of depression. The story is that people with this form are […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th March 2017

1) The Brain: A Radical Rethink When we have studied anything to do with localisation of the brain this year, I have been keen to stress that increasingly we understand the brain in terms of integration, not localisation. This article makes the point rather more effectively than I do.   2) Approaches To Psychopathology In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th March 2017

1) The Effects Of Stress We’ve just been doing fight or flight response in Year 1. Here’s a timely illustration of the effects of the stress response on health.   2) Mark Williams On Mindfulness Here’s Mark Williams, one of the founding figures of Mindfulness Based CBT explaining where it came from and what its […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th March 2016

1) Optogenetics People sometimes wonder why we focus on Biopsychology. The material we cover in our course provides a basis for understanding the rapid advances being made in studying and understanding the brain. This video explains one such advance, optogenetics. This article explains one advance in studying the brain.   2) Neuroscience And The Law […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th February 2017

1) Common Misconceptions About Evolution This SciShow video has some useful things to say about evolution and more generally about what we mean by the word theory. SciShow say that they are going to set up a channel specifically for Psychology. Here’s a sample.   2) Ways Of Studying The Brain The video behind this […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th February 2017

1) MRI We make frequent reference to the use of fMRI, functional magnetic resonance imaging,  as a method of studying the brain during our course. The man who invented MRI, on which fMRI is based, died last week. This article explains a bit about him and his invention.   2) Sex Differences In Cognition Alpha […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday January 15th 2017

1) Mindset We’ve been thinking a lot about research methods over the past couple of weeks. This article looks at the popularity of growth mindset and at the research which underlies it. The central claim is that the evidence is not as strong as you’d think it would be. Peer review, significance, replicability and objectivity […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 7th January, 2017

1) How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition? The answer to this question is explained in this brief article from Scientific American. It sums up neatly how we understand structure and plasticity within the brain.   2) Eating Disorders In Males We quote the figure of 9:1 for the ratio of female to male diagnosis of […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday December 18th 2016

1) Depression And Cardiac Arrest This article explains how depression following a heart attack is treated. There’s a bias towards giving people drugs for this, in part because they are already receiving drugs for  their heart condition and in part because in Canada, as in many other countries, access to a psychiatrist who prescribes the tablets […]