Category Cognition And Development

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th October 2017

1) OCD As Dysfunctional Habit This podcast from MQ looks at OCD not as the product of irrational thinking but as a dysfunctional habit. The idea has been around for a while and is controversial but the research and the personal testimony are interesting.   2) Aspergers And Me Chris Packham’s documentary last week was […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 22nd October 2017

1) Chris Packham – Asperger’s And Me In this programme, Chris Packham describes his experience of autism. It’s psychologically well informed, with an exploration of brain stimulation and behavioural therapies as treatments for autism. It is also a powerful personal story, questioning our assumptions about abnormality and cure.   2) Obesity This TED introduces obesity […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th October 2017

1) Virtual Reality Therapy I first showed students videos about this almost 20 years ago. This article explains what is being done with VR therapy now. It looks at how its time may now be coming but also what has prevented its development to this point.   2) Richard Thaler – Nobel Prize Richard Thaler […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st October 2017

1) Conspirators In Their Own Memory Loss We’ve been working this week in Year 1 on explanations of forgetting. We focused on two broader evaluation points. Interference and retrieval failure due to absence as cues as explanations of forgetting are based on inference. They are not based on direct observation but rather are based on […]

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 […]