Category Early Social Development

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 27th December 2016

1) The Predictive Power Of Attachment Is Overrated That is the claim of this article. At a time when attachment is being promoted as a way of understanding later difficulties, the article questions what we know about the influence of attachment. The article makes some important points. People tend to confuse insecure attachment with no […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th November 2016

1) Autism In Adults This article tells the story of adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It goes into depth on the nature of autism and how our understanding of autism is changing. It refers in particular to the issue of gender and autism, something we have been thinking about in Year 2.   2) Motherese In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 15th October 2016

1) World Mental Health Day In the Year 2 course this week, we found ourselves talking about stigma in the context of World Mental Health Day. We were thinking about the relationship between stigma and free will. People think that mental illness is the consequence of choice in some sense and therefore blame people with […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th July 2016

1) Epigenetics If we are going to understand nature and nurture properly, we need to understand epigenetics. Epigenetics describes how some genes are switched on but others are not. This TED-ED video explains the process. This article explains how research into one aspect of epigenetics might explain why we still find it hard to understand […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 23rd January 2016

1) Identification In Crowds This article explains some of the work by John Drury at Sussex University. http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-29/february/riots-crowd-safety It takes as its starting point the idea that people in crowds are not mindless or deindividuated but are rather adopting the identity of the crowd, an identity which can change as events unfold. John Drury’s research […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd January 2016

1) 0 To 3 Years This radio programme features David Willetts who used to be a government minister. In it, he explains why we have got it wrong if we as a society invest a high proportion of our resources into children in the first three years of their lives. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sggdk I’ve been thinking again […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 10th August 2015

1) Chemical Soup This TED talk from David Anderson comes from the same event as the one by Thomas Insel which we use in lessons. Anderson’s idea in this talk is that we tend to treat the brain as a chemical soup where things go wrong when the balance of ingredients is not quite right: […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd August 2015

1) Early Experience This week, I have been preparing for the Attachment topic in the new AS. In stages of development, there is a controversy about how much babies can do in the early weeks of life. This research into the laughter of babies is part of the process of suggesting that they can do […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th June 2015

1) Addictive Personality In the A2 course, we consider how the idea of an addictive personality is challenged by current psychological research. This article makes several persuasive points. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v522/n7557_supp/full/522S48a.html There’s a very good piece of video on modifying memories of addiction which you can see on this page. http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1 2) Can The Bacteria In Your Gut […]