Category Early Social Development

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th December, 2018

1) What Makes Me, Me? This is the third of this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. It’s aimed at an audience younger than sixth form but deals with some of the content of our course – natural selection, lactase persistence – as well as presenting contemporary controversies about genes and environment. It is worth sticking […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 20th December 2018

1) Recovery After Trauma We think about this in Year 2 Biopsychology. Here are some individual stories of trauma and recovery sensitively told.   2) How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety In our course, we look at the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and flooding in treating phobias. SD works on the principle […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th November 2018

1) I Call My OCD “Olivia” We have been thinking about treatment for OCD in the context of free will and determinism in Year 2 this week. This piece from the BBC looks at cognitive approaches to both explaining and treating OCD. There is a section on ERP: Exposure And Response Prevention therapy. This uses […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd September, 2018

1) Neurofeedback When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 4th September 2018

1) Genes And Educational Achievement This article explains recent research about the influence of genes on educational achievement. It is bigger than you might think.   2) Parity Of Esteem Here is Will Self’s account of a friend being sectioned and placed in a mental hospital. He has some uncomfortable and controversial things to say […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 13th August 2018

1) T Tests Here is a video from Crash Course explaining t tests. You don’t need to know everything on here for the exam but it’s good background on why for a t test you need similar distributions and standard deviations.   2) Screen Time This article on screen time makes a powerful point about […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th June, 2018

1) Romanian Orphanages One criticism of the English And Romanian Adoptees study is that it only deals with the children who were adopted, not those left behind. It therefore gives a more optimistic picture of recovery because the children picked for adoption may have been more resilient. This article describes research done on children who have […]

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 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 […]