Category Attitudes To Mental Illness

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 […]

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 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 – Saturday 21st May 2016

1) Food Advertising The way in which food is advertised and packaged gets a mention as a factor influencing attitudes to food and a factor influencing obesity. This article suggests that in addition to bans on television advertising, measures need to be taken to restrict billboard advertising and other forms of marketing. https://theconversation.com/advertising-has-the-power-to-make-children-fat-and-this-needs-to-stop-58899 As with […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday April 17th 2016

1) Some Commentary On Addiction We’re about to finish Addictive Behaviour in A2. I’ve been reworking some of the webpages to bring them up to date. Here are three links which illustrate some of the things I have been thinking about. Drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction […]