Category Cognition And Development

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 28th August 2019

1) Definitions Of Abnormality Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.   2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth? Here is a piece of video from the BBC.   3) The History Of Genetics I’ve been […]

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 – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

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) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st April 2019

1) Nicotine This article explains how nicotine replacement therapy works. It refers to a Cochrane Review which has just been published.   2) Kevin Mitchell – Innate We have used in Year 1 some video of Kevin Mitchell talking about the impact of genes on behaviour. Here is an excellent review of his recent book, […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 7th April 2019

1) Perfectionism We refer to perfectionism in the context of cognitive explanations of depression. It’s an example of all or nothing thinking. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. We also relate perfectionism to the development of anorexia nervosa. People who believe that only control over everything is good enough. In this video, Hank Green also […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday March 7th, 2019

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday February 21st, 2019

1) Some Follow Up To Our Mindfulness Practical Our work in the Year 1 practical showed the benefit of meditation and exposure to a biodiverse environment in helping people manage stress. This article looks at issues of access to green space, focusing in particular on access to national parks. This article summarises research about the long […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 30th January 2019

1) Electro-Convulsive Therapy We used to study this as part of our A Level. Many myths surround its use. Here is a useful and balanced view from TED-Ed.   2) CBT For Weight Loss When we study psychological explanations of obesity, we look at how distorted beliefs about diets leads to people gaining weight. This […]