Category Cognition And Development

Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st July 2018

1) Stanford Prison Experiment Here is a piece from The Psychologist about Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo is still gamely sticking to his story about the validity of the study as you can see here. For me, the central point is that the distinction between conformity to social roles and obedience which our specification makes […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 16th, 2018

1) The Genetics Of Depression There are two articles here. This one just out from the EDIT Lab looks at a paper published last year. It focuses on 44 genetic variations associated with depression. It makes the claim that “depression is largely a disorder of the brain”. In our course, we are encouraged to think […]

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 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 21st April 2018

1) Genes For OCD This research came out in October last year but I only just found it. There’s a brief article here. The problem with understanding OCD to this point is that the evidence has been fragmentary. We know about genes, brain areas and serotonin but don’t know how they fit together. By isolating […]

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th March 2018

1) Genetic Basis Of Autism I’ve been working on the Biological Approach this week in preparation for the work we will do in Year 1. I’ve been looking in particular at the idea that with OCD, we cannot link a particular gene to a particular neurochemical abnormality in a particular part of the brain. This […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th February 2018

1) Effectiveness Of Antidepressants A large scale study was published this week about the effectiveness of antidepressants. Here is the BBC story. There’s been a bit of debate about what this research actually means. The Mental Elf has something important to say here. This is very good from Neuroskeptic.   2) Test For Autism In […]