Category Biopsychology

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th July 2021

1) Fragile Rationalism To Collective Resilience These two concepts are discussed in this paper by Stephen Reicher and Linda Bauld about the response to the pandemic of the UK government. They are interesting for us because the idea of fragile rationalism seems to me to owe its origins to the work of Asch, Milgram and […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 3rd July, 2021

Unlocking The Secrets Of The Brain – Matt Roser Matt Roser researches the brain at Plymouth University. In this podcast, he talks about split brain research and about where brain research is going now. He refers to the new centre opening up next to the Derriford Hospital which you can read about here. This centre […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 19th June 2021

The blog’s been away for a few weeks as the assessment cycles took their course. There are a few things now on which to catch up. 1) This BBC news feature covers some of the research we look at in Year 2 when studying obesity. It looks in particular at how research into the genetic […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 4th May 2021

It’s been a busy time with assessments. Nevertheless, Psychology carries on. Here are some recent highlights. 1) Steven Pinker On Milgram Here is the lecture from his Harvard series. Steven Pinker recommends watching Milgram’s own film. You can find that here. 2) The Reunion – Romanian Orphanages Here’s a radio programme about the Romanian orphanages […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th April 2021

1) Meet Your Microglia This video from SciShow Psych is well worth watching. When we study Biopsychology, we focus on neurons. There is a good reason for that. We have known about them for well over a hundred of years, we can detect their activity using EEG and can see them in post-mortem studies of […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 3rd April 2021

1) Online Apps For Depression One of the strengths of CBT for depression which we consider as part of our course is that CBT can be adapted for online use, making it accessible for people who might not want to see a therapist face to face. This article suggests that such therapy can be effective. […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st March 2021

1) OCD And The Adolescent Brain We’ll be looking at biological explanations of OCD in Year 1 next week. Here is an article about OCD and the adolescent brain. It contains ideas about how OCD in adolescence might be researched. 2) Change The Story This is a link to a fund raising campaign for the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th March 2021

1) Life Stages Of The Brain Here’s a programme from NPR in the United States featuring several neuroscientists talking about different stages of development of the brain. If you wind through to about 29:30, you can hear Sandrine Thuret talk about the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus. She features in a TED Talk […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st February 2021

1) Characteristics Of Depression We’ll be looking at clinical characteristics of depression in Year 1 in the next few weeks. This article explains how loss of interest and pleasure in activities is a characteristic of depression. It also explains why reactivating such activities is beneficial. 2) Nicotine Replacement Therapy We’ll be looking at this as […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th February, 2021

1) Steven Pinker’s Lectures These are for his introductory course in Psychology. They are great, especially for AS students as we make our way through Approaches. Lecture 2 – Psychoanalysis And The Behavioural Approachl https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bc3f3706-b0a3-4657-99f5-acbd0026b6ef Lecture 3 – The Multilevel Cognitive-Biological Approach https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=4cf43826-87b9-4389-997d-acc200d51558 Lecture 4 – Evolution Of Mind And Brain https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=72e35c99-79a2-49a0-8a1a-acc400d02e4f# 2) Ethics Of […]