Category Biopsychology

Post Of The Week – Saturday February 17th, 2018

1) Implanting False Memories A crucial claim of Elizabeth Loftus’ research is that it is possible to manipulate testimony and to implant false memories. We look at some of her research here. A problem with this research is that the memories which are implanted and manipulated seem trivial in comparison with the court cases to […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th February 2018

1) My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War This programme┬átells the story of one man’s recovery from a serious stroke. It covers some essential elements of our course: plasticity, lateralisation, localisation, language. It’s much more than that though. It shows how far medicine has got in treating such complex problems and shows us what it is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th February 2018

1) Brain Buzz – Gambling This podcast comes from some PhD students from the University Of British Columbia. I’ve dipped in and listened to bits of it. Psychology is fundamentally a research subject where researchers form hypotheses which they then test. It is also fundamentally about using a variety of approaches to understand questions and […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th January 2018

No post last week due to the mocks. 1) Charlotte Church – Inside My Brain This is very good from the BBC. Charlotte Church explores what is known about the biological basis, with a focus on some cutting edge therapy. She also speaks to her mum about the experience of bipolar disorder. There is a […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th January 2018

1) Uta Frith Talking About Alice Lee In this short BBC video, Uta Frith discusses Alice Lee’s pioneering research into brain size in the early 1900s. It’s a brilliant example of how Psychology works. This video on probability in the same series is almost as good.   2) John Dury On Crowds John Drury is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st December, 2017

1) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures These were given this year by Sophie Scott. She is a professor at UCL and specialises in neuroscience. The webpage on the BBC is here. There’s a great demonstration of Broca’s area near the start of the third lecture.   2) P-Values We’ll be again trying to get our heads […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th December, 2017

1) Averil Hart We’ve been working on anorexia nervosa in Year 2 this week and will do so for a bit of next week. We’ve focused on how complex and how serious anorexia nervosa is. This news story about the inquiry into the death of Averil Hart from the consequences of anorexia nervosa serves as […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd December, 2017

1) All In The Mind Two good things from All In The Mind this week. Firstly, there was a report on a scheme to make the films of the lives of people with dementia. Enabling them to preserve episodic memory in this way reduces anxiety and preserves a sense of self. Secondly, there is an […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th November 2017

1) The Disease Model When we were studying free will and determinism the other week, we saw that regarding mental illness as a disease like any other removes stigma because it treats mental illness as an illness like any other. The negative side to this is that people think there is nothing they can do […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th November 2017

1) Louis Theroux – Talking To Anorexia I was a bit nervous about what this programme contains and about putting it on a blog post. There is a danger in writing about anorexia that it is made to seem attractive to those who are vulnerable. That was not the case with this programme. As the […]