Category Early Social Development

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 13th August 2019

1) Drug For Obesity When we study biological explanations of obesity, we consider the impact of the MC4R gene. We also consider this as a piece of socially sensitive research. One of the justifications of the research into the genes for obesity is that even though it labels and possibly stigmatises people, it gives them […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 22nd July 2019

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

1) Genetics Of Depression Here is Ed Yong writing clearly and purposefully about the problems with research into the genetic basis of depression. I have been using this research as part of our course for a while. More recent research gives a more nuanced and plausible account of how genes might influence depression.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday May 8th, 2019

1) Anna Freud Centre The Anna Freud Centre is moving to new premises. This article is a profile of its director, Peter Fonagy. His is an interesting story of the importance of therapy. The centre has also become multi-disciplinary, a reflection of the way in which Psychology is developing.   2) Missing Heritability We know with […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st April 2019

1) Nicotine This article explains how nicotine replacement therapy works. It refers to a Cochrane Review which has just been published.   2) Kevin Mitchell – Innate We have used in Year 1 some video of Kevin Mitchell talking about the impact of genes on behaviour. Here is an excellent review of his recent book, […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 7th April 2019

1) Perfectionism We refer to perfectionism in the context of cognitive explanations of depression. It’s an example of all or nothing thinking. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. We also relate perfectionism to the development of anorexia nervosa. People who believe that only control over everything is good enough. In this video, Hank Green also […]

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 […]