Category Evolutionary Psychology

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th January, 2020

1) Reductionism And Addiction This article is about one researcher’s journey to understanding the complexity of addiction through her own experience of it. It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the focus on Psychology has become more holistic. This article explains it well. On a similar theme, here is Pim Cuijpers on preventing depression. “Although improving […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th December 2019

1) Ed Bullmore We came across Ed Bullmore talking about nature-nurture the other week in Year 2. Here is a piece about his work on inflammation and depression. The article is also useful for understanding how science takes a more holistic approach. Depression is no longer assumed to be one thing. Research into cancer now […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd November 2019

1) Anorexia nervosa rates increase among 8 to 12-year olds That is the title of this news release from the IOPPN.  As the article indicates, this might be connected to changes in social pressures on young children. It might also be connected to changes in the way in which data is collected.   2) Ways […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 22nd October 2019

1) Siblings Of Problem Gamblers When we study risk factors in addiction, we look at the idea of personality as a risk factor, linking this to genetic differences in impulsivity between individuals. As evidence, we use work done by Karen Ersche which featured in a BBC news report a few years ago. This evidence from […]

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 – 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 24th March 2019

1) The Psychology Of Climate Change Responding to climate change can be seen as an example of social change. In our course, we see social change as a consequence of social influence processes. This video explains some of the psychology of climate change. Here is a link to the University Of California website which deals […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday March 7th, 2019

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

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 […]