Category Addictive Behaviour

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th September, 2018

1) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore On The Teenage Brain She is on BBC Inside Science here: you need to wind about 19 minutes into the programme. She talks about recent experiments about risk taking. There’s an interesting example of how experiments about the effect of having a peer next to you in a driving simulation game is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd September, 2018

1) Neurofeedback When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 4th September 2018

1) Genes And Educational Achievement This article explains recent research about the influence of genes on educational achievement. It is bigger than you might think.   2) Parity Of Esteem Here is Will Self’s account of a friend being sectioned and placed in a mental hospital. He has some uncomfortable and controversial things to say […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 28th August 2018

1) Sleep And Studying The Brain This article from BBC Future looks at how brain imaging is used to understand what happens in our brains when we sleep. It shows who research moves on. The research that Dement and Kleitman did in the 1950s used EEG to demonstrate different stages of sleep. Modern methods can […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 20th August 2018

1) Tobacco And Psychosis One of the evaluation points we use when evaluating methods of reducing addiction in relation to tobacco is that many people use tobacco to help them deal with mental health problems. Methods of reducing tobacco use are likely to be ineffective if the problem underlying tobacco use is somewhere else. This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th August 2018

1) Addiction To Online Gaming Here is Mark Griffiths talking sense about what is or isn’t addiction to online gaming. That should remind us that when psychologists use the term “addiction”, they mean something quite specific. The details are here.   2)  The Great God Of Depression How we think of mental illness changes as […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th July 2018

1) Using Virtual Reality To Treat Phobias A few months ago, I posted a link to a BBC article about virtual reality treatment for fear of heights. This week, a research study has been published in The Lancet. You can read about it here, along with using a link to the original study. Here is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th July, 2018

1) More On Zimbardo The controversy about Zimbardo’s study rolls on. Here is a link to a piece in the BPS Research Digest. What’s particularly valuable is that you can read a pre-print of the research by Haslam and colleagues here. The idea that the study is a study of obedience rather than conformity is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st July 2018

1) Stanford Prison Experiment Here is a piece from The Psychologist about Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo is still gamely sticking to his story about the validity of the study as you can see here. For me, the central point is that the distinction between conformity to social roles and obedience which our specification makes […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 27th May, 2018

1) Narrow Vocabulary This news article looks at the claim that children are held back by a lack of vocabulary. This is seen as a consequence of being in homes where there are few books and where conversation is limited. This goes back to research originally done at the University of Kansas in the 1990s. As […]