Category Attitudes To Mental Illness

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th April 2019

1) Sci Show On Genetic Testing Here’s Hank with an overview of genetic testing, showing what genetic testing can and cannot tell us.   2) Precise brain stimulation boosts memory This news story from the BBC explains research which has used brain stimulation to boost working memory. The effects are short lived but surprising.   […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 16th January, 2019

1) Food This follow up episode to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series last spring is worth watching. It has a similar blend to the original programmes: campaigning on food marketing and labelling alongside a personal story about the battle to lose weight. There was reference to evolutionary explanations of food preference, focusing on the combination of fat and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th October 2018

1) Body Clock – What Makes Us Tick This programme from the BBC is about circadian rhythms. It mixed a partial replication of Siffre’s pioneering research and attempts to alter the 24 hour cycle to replicate jet lag with stories of people with problems with sleeping and waking. The science was clear in separating endogenous […]

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 – 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 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 […]