Category Attitudes To Mental Illness

Post Of The Week – Saturday April 22nd 2017

1) More On Short Term And Long Term Memory More articles have appeared about research into the formation of memories in mice. There are two here and here. The key idea is that, rather than information passing from short term to long term memory, short and long term memories of an event are formed simultaneously. This […]

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 – Monday 3rd April, 2017

1) Why We Need A Biological Explanation For Depression We’ve been thinking about this in the last week in Year 1 in the context of understanding the psychological approach to explaining and treating depression. Some answers emerge from items which have appeared this week. This article explains how progress has been made both in identifying […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th March 2017

1) Virtual Reality This week, as part of the phobias lessons in Year 1, we had a look at some video showing VR being used to treat PTSD. I explained that the video was quite old and that I hadn’t seen much about this recently. This article, from which the video above is drawn, was […]

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 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 […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 15th October 2016

1) World Mental Health Day In the Year 2 course this week, we found ourselves talking about stigma in the context of World Mental Health Day. We were thinking about the relationship between stigma and free will. People think that mental illness is the consequence of choice in some sense and therefore blame people with […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 24th September 2016

1) RCTs One the things that has been bothering me for a while with RCTs (randomised controlled trials) is how it is possible to justify giving participants randomly allocated to a control group an inferior intervention. I was taught in week 1 of my Psychology Of Education masters degree course that this was not acceptable […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th September 2016

1) Mental Illness In South Asian Communities We will be looking at cultural bias as part of the Year 2 course this year. We’ll look at ethnocentrism: judging other cultures by the standards and values of one’s own culture. We’ll also be looking at cultural relativism: the idea that standards and values can only be meaningful and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th September 2016

1) Surgery Ban Last week, I was working on biological explanations of obesity. I was looking for a news story I dimly remembered about people with obesity being denied surgery unless they could lose weight. I hunted around on the internet and found something. As it turned out, I needn’t have bothered as this has […]