Category Biopsychology

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th June, 2018

1) Romanian Orphanages One criticism of the English And Romanian Adoptees study is that it only deals with the children who were adopted, not those left behind. It therefore gives a more optimistic picture of recovery because the children picked for adoption may have been more resilient. This article describes research done on children who have […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd June 2018

1) The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs I happened to watch the second episode of this two part series. It is here. A substantial amount of the programme is devoted to the use of antidepressant drugs for adolescents. The programme features some important arguments from experts in this area and explains how clinical guidelines are […]

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 – Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

A few days late, due to the mock exams. 1) Maslow’s Hierarchy This piece from the BPS Digest looks at some common misconceptions about Maslow’s hierarchy. It points out that Maslow did not think that all needs have to be met at one level before moving on to the next level, nor did he think […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 13th May, 2018

1) All In The Mind This radio programme is back for a new series. There is a piece about eye witness testimony in this episode. There is a piece about exercise and depression in this episode.   2) Britain’s Fat Fight The final episode for this is available here. There is so much Psychology in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th May, 2018

1) A New Prime Suspect For Depression We’ve seen in recent weeks how research gradually fills gaps in our knowledge. Recent research into OCD looks at how the gap between what we know about genes, serotonin and the basal ganglia is gradually being filled. There’s something similar happening in this article about depression. It looks at […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th April 2018

1) Educational Achievement And Genes When we study the nature-nurture debate, we look at the idea that the heritability of a trait depends on the quality of environment. In an environment with no food, genetic differences in vulnerability to obesity do not matter. In an educational environment where everyone has the support and the facilities […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th April 2018

1) Steve Silberman On Autism Here is Steve Silberman writing powerfully about acceptance of autism. Along the way, he deals with issues of holism and reductionism.   2) Loneliness Study The BBC has been promoting an online study of loneliness. I did the survey on Friday. Here is the information screen. On a previous screen, there […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th March 2018

1) Stephen Reicher – Life Scientific In this programme, Stephen Reicher discusses social identity and crowds.   2) Addiction In Year 2, we have hit the idea of understanding addiction holistically. This article is from a couple of years ago but is highly relevant to this idea. It explicitly rejects the medical model of addiction […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday March 11th 2018

1) Neurogenesis When we study plasticity of the brain, we touch on the controversy of whether adults can develop new neurons. It was thought for many years that adults could not grow new neurons. 20 years ago, research began to emerge which suggested that the brain could produce new cells in the same way as […]