Category Cognition And Development

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th September, 2017

1) Researching E-Cigarettes This article explores some of the issues with researching the effects of e-cigarettes. To understand the long-term harm, researchers need to find people who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked. That turns out to be difficult because they don’t want to volunteer to take part.   2) Contagious Behaviour This article is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd September 2017

1) More On Gender This article looks at how researchers argue about male and female brains. In our course, we understand that alpha bias involves exaggerating differences between the genders while beta bias involves diminishing them. From a feminist perspective, differences have been exaggerated while some neuroscientists maintain that male and female brains are structurally […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 27th August, 2017

1) David Engleman On The Brain This series is being repeated on BBC4 at the moment. The website for the programme is here and you can see the programmes via iPlayer. I liked the section on brain plasticity which I have incorporated into the webpage we will use this term.   2) Erasing Memories The […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th August 2017

1) Newborn Baby Development Has Been Vastly Underestimated That is the claim of this article. The development on which it focuses is social development, specifically the response of new borns to the still face procedure which is explained here. Not only do infants respond to this procedure but they also seem to learn from it, suggesting […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd July 2017

1) Nigel Owens On Bulimia Nervosa Eating disorders is an area of Psychology where alpha bias has persisted. They are seen as being peculiarly female problems. This is challenged in this article by Nigel Owens, the rugby referee. The article reminds us that eating disorders can affect males as well as females. It also reminds […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday, 16th July 2017

1) Biological Rhythms As an introduction to what biological rhythms are and why we have them, this is pretty good.   2) How do anti-depressants actually work? This article neatly sums up what we do and don’t know about how antidepressants work. We no longer study biological treatments for depression as part of our course […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday July 1st 2017

1) Varenicline vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy This paper deals with the latest research on Varenicline as a treatment for nicotine addiction. It’s a big study with records used from GP practices across the UK. There were 287 079 patient records accessed, with follow up over a four year period. Patients’ status of smokers is established by self-report: […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th May 2017

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th April 2017

1) ADHD You can listen to a discussion about ADHD in this episode of All In The Mind. There’s a link to a TV documentary here. ADHD used just to be diagnosed in children. There are now adults receiving diagnosis who were not diagnosed as children. This mirrors developments in the diagnosis of depression. Until […]