Category Attitudes To Mental Illness

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th March 2018

1) Genetic Basis Of Autism I’ve been working on the Biological Approach this week in preparation for the work we will do in Year 1. I’ve been looking in particular at the idea that with OCD, we cannot link a particular gene to a particular neurochemical abnormality in a particular part of the brain. This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th February 2018

1) Effectiveness Of Antidepressants A large scale study was published this week about the effectiveness of antidepressants. Here is the BBC story. There’s been a bit of debate about what this research actually means. The Mental Elf has something important to say here. This is very good from Neuroskeptic.   2) Test For Autism In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th November 2017

1) All In The Mind There’s a very good discussion of work being done to understand depression as a response to changes in the immune system at the end of this week’s All In The Mind. It’s coherent in that it shows us that we do not have to think of depression simply as a […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

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 […]