Category Eating Behaviour

Post Of The Week – Sunday January 15th 2017

1) Mindset We’ve been thinking a lot about research methods over the past couple of weeks. This article looks at the popularity of growth mindset and at the research which underlies it. The central claim is that the evidence is not as strong as you’d think it would be. Peer review, significance, replicability and objectivity […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 7th January, 2017

1) How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition? The answer to this question is explained in this brief article from Scientific American. It sums up neatly how we understand structure and plasticity within the brain.   2) Eating Disorders In Males We quote the figure of 9:1 for the ratio of female to male diagnosis of […]

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 – Saturday December 3rd 2016

1) Implications Of Research For The Economy This comes not from a piece of peer reviewed research but rather from a commercial research company. It suggests that lack of sleep costs the economy of the UK £40 billion because people who sleep less than seven hours a night are more at risk of illness and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th November, 2016

1) Poverty And Mental Illness We have had a good time in Year 2 thinking about reductionism, holism and levels of explanation. This article focuses on the socio-cultural level of explanation. It asks whether poverty can lead to mental illness. One way of thinking about this is to focus on stress as an intervening factor. Another […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd October, 2016

1) Circadian Rhythms This is a fine TED talk from Russell Foster from Oxford. Russell Foster also appears in this Royal Institution event. There’s a story here about how Psychology moves on. The studies we look at for this topic, going back to the Siffre studies of more than 50 years ago, are essentially studies […]

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 4th September 2016

1) Surgery Ban Last week, I was working on biological explanations of obesity. I was looking for a news story I dimly remembered about people with obesity being denied surgery unless they could lose weight. I hunted around on the internet and found something. As it turned out, I needn’t have bothered as this has […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st August 2016

1) The Safety Of Interventions For Smoking When I started teaching the addictive behaviour option in 2012, drug treatments for addiction seemed dangerously experimental. This article shows how far we have come. It reports on a large scale, multi-centre RCT looking at the risks associated with bupropion, varenicline and NRT as interventions for smoking. There […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday August 14th 2016

1) Counting The Calories Still It’s become common in research into dieting and obesity to suggest that a calorie is not just a calorie. In other words, the type of food we eat is as important in determining whether it will make us put on weight as how much we eat. That does not mean, […]