Category Cognition And Development

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th February 2018

1) My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War This programme tells the story of one man’s recovery from a serious stroke. It covers some essential elements of our course: plasticity, lateralisation, localisation, language. It’s much more than that though. It shows how far medicine has got in treating such complex problems and shows us what it is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th February 2018

1) Brain Buzz – Gambling This podcast comes from some PhD students from the University Of British Columbia. I’ve dipped in and listened to bits of it. Psychology is fundamentally a research subject where researchers form hypotheses which they then test. It is also fundamentally about using a variety of approaches to understand questions and […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th January 2018

No post last week due to the mocks. 1) Charlotte Church – Inside My Brain This is very good from the BBC. Charlotte Church explores what is known about the biological basis, with a focus on some cutting edge therapy. She also speaks to her mum about the experience of bipolar disorder. There is a […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th December, 2017

1) Crowds This radio programme from the BBC World Service explores the sociology and psychology of crowds.  It features Clifford Stott, who we see in the reconstruction of the Milgram procedure in the Year 1 course. It looks at the crowd as a source of social identity and also at the role which crowds play in social […]

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 […]