Category Evolutionary Psychology

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd July 2017

1) Nigel Owens On Bulimia Nervosa Eating disorders is an area of Psychology where alpha bias has persisted. They are seen as being peculiarly female problems. This is challenged in this article by Nigel Owens, the rugby referee. The article reminds us that eating disorders can affect males as well as females. It also reminds […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 3rd April, 2017

1) Why We Need A Biological Explanation For Depression We’ve been thinking about this in the last week in Year 1 in the context of understanding the psychological approach to explaining and treating depression. Some answers emerge from items which have appeared this week. This article explains how progress has been made both in identifying […]

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 – Sunday 31st July 2016

1) Genes For Obesity The story about genes for obesity is similar to other stories in Psychology. We know obesity runs in families but can’t yet say which particular genes are involved. That is changing though as more sophisticated genetic analysis comes on stream. We’ve known about the variant of FTO gene for a while […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th April 2016

1) Romanian Orphanages The English And Romanian Adoptees study is central for our understanding of the effects of institutionalisation and more generally understanding the importance of attachment. The oldest child in this study was 3 and a half years old. Some children however were left in the orphanages for much longer before they were adopted. […]

Post Of The Week -Sunday 13th March 2016

1) A History Of The Brain http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017b1zd/episodes/player This series of radio talks explores how the study of the brain has evolved over time.   2) The Mental Elf On Varenicline …. We’ll be looking at biological interventions to prevent smoking after the holidays. It is also on the new A Lebel course. Success has been […]

Post Of The Week -Saturday February 27th 2016

1) That Milgram Study Again Here’s an account of the study related to Milgram’s procedure which has been reported in a couple of places in the media over the last week. http://www.nature.com/news/modern-milgram-experiment-sheds-light-on-power-of-authority-1.19408 What’s useful here is the explanation of the procedure: what was being measured and how this relates to Milgram’s  ideas about obedience. Milgram […]

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 30th August, 2015

1) Jim Al-Khalili On Quantum Biology This isn’t Psychology really but it might tell us quite a lot about what we do. There’s a BBC programme and a shorter TED Talk. Jim Al-Khalili is a physicist. In these items, he is applying what has been known for a while in quantum mechanics to the problems […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 16th August 2015

1) Making Choices We throw concepts like “individualistic” and “collectivistic” when talking about cultural differences. In individualistic cultures, people make choices for themselves; in collectivistic cultures, choices are made by someone else. In this TED Talk, Sheena Iyengar deconstructs this dichotomy and says a lot more about how we understand choices. Understanding cultural differences becomes […]