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Post Of The Week – Monday 2nd January 2017

1) A Little Bit OCD This article explores the presentation of OCD in HBO’s “Girls”. It explains how it moves away from depicting OCD as being tidy and fastidious to explore the anxiety and misery at the heart of the condition. This article gives a fuller overview of how OCD is defined and understood.   […]

Post Of The week – Sunday, November 27th 2016

1) Milgram’s Recordings It’s clear from standard text book accounts of Asch’s study that Asch interviewed his participants and used those interviews to draw conclusions about why people conform. What is less obvious is how Milgram used interviews with his participants. This article explains how analysis is now being done of these interviews to understand […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 20th March 2016

1) Grid Cells One of the videos on the Types Of Memory webpage shows a lecture by Eleanor Maguire. It explains the significance of grid cells. These enable mice to navigate around simple mazes. They are the first example thinking recorded as brain activity. We can infer what the mouse is thinking directly from patterns […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 5th March 2016

1) Cambridge Psychology We are entering the time when Year 12 start thinking about destinations after  school. This video comes from Cambridge University. The course course content is here. Prospective students The video explains that you do not have necessarily to have studied Psychology A Level on this course but you do need to have […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th February, 2016

1) In The Mind When this blog started two and a half years ago, references to public perception of mental health in the media were rare enough to include a link in a post. They have now become so common that it would be foolish to include everything which comes up. The centrepiece of the BBC […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th February 2016

1) Peter Kinderman On Antidepressants And Adolescence Here is Peter Kinderman’s commentary on the report published a couple of weeks ago on the risk of suicide arising from adolescents’ use of antidepressants. https://theconversation.com/when-teenagers-and-antidepressants-are-not-a-good-mix-53945 Kindeman makes a point which has been around for a long time but which is often ignored. Antidepressants energise people but do […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th January 2016

1) Naked Scientists Here is Steve O’Rahilly from Cambridge University talking about obesity, leptin and exercise. You have to click on the link and wind about 35 minutes in. https://www.acast.com/naked_scientists_podcast/obesity-appetite-exercise-and-weight-loss   2) Gene For Autism Research into “genes for” typically starts with the people diagnosed with the condition and looks at the genes they have in […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 31st October 2015

1) Peering Inside The Brain This article looks at various attempts over the last 200 years to understand what happens inside our skulls. It refers to some of the exhibits in the Science Museum. If you are ever in London, there is some great Psychology stuff in there. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151028-a-brief-history-of-our-desire-to-peer-into-the-brain 2) How Writing Makes People Smarter […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th October 2015

1) Robert Plomin On “The Life Scientific”. Robert Plomin is a behavioural geneticist whose work has created a degree of controversy. You can listen to an extended interview with him here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06j1qts Plomin’s big idea is that variations between individuals in academic success can be explained substantially by genes. This is the conclusion of a […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 30th May 2015

1) The Talking Cure Here is a well made programme about talking therapies, interspersing interviews with critical commentary. There is a really good section on psychoanalysis which I was going to use for the A Level course until I realised that there is no reference to psychoanalysis in the specification. There is however a section […]