Category Addictive Behaviour

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th October 2016

1) A Bit More On Sleep Following on from last week’s post, here is a TED Talk from Jeff Iliff explaining why we need to sleep in order for the brain to cleanse itself. Here’s another article which explains some of the psychological as well as biological consequences of not getting enough sleep.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st August 2016

1) The Safety Of Interventions For Smoking When I started teaching the addictive behaviour option in 2012, drug treatments for addiction seemed dangerously experimental. This article shows how far we have come. It reports on a large scale, multi-centre RCT looking at the risks associated with bupropion, varenicline and NRT as interventions for smoking. There […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday August 6th 2016

1) Autism, Sense Of Self And Autobiographical Memory The idea that autism is connected to a lack of Theory Of Mind has been around for about 30 years. “Theory Of Mind” refers to the ability to understand the connection between the thoughts and actions of others. Theory Of Mind depends on sense of self. You […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 16th July, 2016

1) Issues Of Gender These two articles show how Psychology has dealt with gender. The first starts with a disturbing account of an attempt to cure homosexuality before exploring the career of Robert Heath, the man who carried them out. It is easy to see the ethical guidelines under which Psychology now operates as banal and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday, 26th June 2016

1) Robert Cialdini On Social Psychology Here’s Robert Cialdini explaining what social psychology, and in particular social influence research, is all about.   2) The Personality Myth This programme from NPR explores personality through several personal stories. In thinking about nature-nurture and free will and determinism, these stories are rather important.   3) Recovering From […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th June, 2016

1) Marcus Munafo On Mental Health Genetics Here’s Marcus Munafo on a Mental Elf podcast. He says many important things about what we do and don’t know about the genetics of mental health. There is much here for our work on nature and nurture. Beyond that, he has something important to say about the connection […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 11th 2016

1) Suzanne Corkin Obituary Suzanne Corkin has died. She is the researcher who worked with HM, Henry Mollison. It is easy to underestimate the validity of case studies. We criticise them because the researcher sometimes becomes too close to the subject of the case study and because case studies can seem like a one-off, making […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 4th, 2016

1) Could A Neuroscientist Understand A Microprocessor? This article has as its starting point the analysis of the microprocessor which drove Mac computers 30 years ago. https://elusiveself.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/false-functional-inference-what-does-it-mean-to-understand-the-brain/ It leads to consideration of what we can and cannot infer about the brain. We tend to find the cognitive approach impressive because it uses computer models to describe the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th May, 2016

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]