Category Biopsychology

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th January, 2020

1) Reductionism And Addiction This article is about one researcher’s journey to understanding the complexity of addiction through her own experience of it. It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the focus on Psychology has become more holistic. This article explains it well. On a similar theme, here is Pim Cuijpers on preventing depression. “Although improving […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th December 2019

1) Ed Bullmore We came across Ed Bullmore talking about nature-nurture the other week in Year 2. Here is a piece about his work on inflammation and depression. The article is also useful for understanding how science takes a more holistic approach. Depression is no longer assumed to be one thing. Research into cancer now […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th December 2019

1) Altruism We used to study this as part of the A Level course. Here’s a radio programme about two major thinkers in this area, George Price and Joan Roughgarden.   2) Are babies capable of making moral decisions? This video from PBS explores this idea. It’s a development of the work on infants’ understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 28th November 2019

1) Grand Theft Auto If you play video games, you are probably familiar with the claim that they lead to violent acts. This article looks at the problem using qualitative data, examining the perspective of the participants. It is the value systems which these games represent rather than the violence within them which seems to […]

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 […]