Category Biopsychology

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th November 2019

1) Daraa In Year 1, we use a video about the early stages of the civil war in Syria to understand something about resistance to social influence. This feature from CNN tells the story of what happened in Daraa.   2) The Olfactory Bulb This is an area of the brain which is responsible for […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd November 2019

1) Anorexia nervosa rates increase among 8 to 12-year olds That is the title of this news release from the IOPPN.  As the article indicates, this might be connected to changes in social pressures on young children. It might also be connected to changes in the way in which data is collected.   2) Ways […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th October 2019

1) Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal The work we do on the nature-nurture debate now has its origins in the eugenics movement in the late nineteenth century. This programme explores these ideas. I haven’t watched it yet but it looks excellent.   2) Talking To Children In Year 1, we look caregiver-infant interactions at the start […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th September 2019

  1) Stanford Prison Experiment This article sums up recent critical evidence for the Stanford Prison Experiment which we will work on in Year 1 soon. Zimbardo’s conclusion, as stated in the video we watch about this study is that you can put good people in an evil place and the evil place wins. A […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th September 2019

1) Nudges The Year 1 induction task includes a section on nudges. Giles Yeo in the video we watch makes changes to the arrangement of drinks in the fridges of takeaways in order to push people to buy healthier drinks. This article explains a similar process with the online orders at McDonalds.   2) Contagious […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th September, 2019

1) Plasticity Over the summer, I worked a bit on the webpage on localisation of brain function. In particular, I was looking for evidence about recruitment of homologous areas. This article describes research into children who experience strokes at or around the time of birth. The right side of the brain was taking over the […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 13th August 2019

1) Drug For Obesity When we study biological explanations of obesity, we consider the impact of the MC4R gene. We also consider this as a piece of socially sensitive research. One of the justifications of the research into the genes for obesity is that even though it labels and possibly stigmatises people, it gives them […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th June 2019

1) Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me This programme was originally broadcast in 2017 and is back on iPlayer for the next three weeks. It deals not only with the symptoms of autism but asks broader questions about abnormality and cure.   2) All In The Mind This has been a fine series. It looks like […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 17th June 2019

1) Nature And Well-Being This is a theme behind the practical we do in Year 1 comparing a mindfulness video and a walk in a biodiverse environment for their effect in reducing stress. This article and this article relate to same piece of research which is published here. It shows an association between spending two […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

1) Genetics Of Depression Here is Ed Yong writing clearly and purposefully about the problems with research into the genetic basis of depression. I have been using this research as part of our course for a while. More recent research gives a more nuanced and plausible account of how genes might influence depression.   2) […]