Category Memory

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th November 2019

1) Daraa In Year 1, we use a video about the early stages of the civil war in Syria to understand something about resistance to social influence. This feature from CNN tells the story of what happened in Daraa.   2) The Olfactory Bulb This is an area of the brain which is responsible for […]

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 – Tuesday 28th August 2019

1) Definitions Of Abnormality Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.   2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth? Here is a piece of video from the BBC.   3) The History Of Genetics I’ve been […]

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 – Thursday, 11th July 2019

1) Screen Time Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.   2) And On Gambling …. Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th June 2019

1) Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me This programme was originally broadcast in 2017 and is back on iPlayer for the next three weeks. It deals not only with the symptoms of autism but asks broader questions about abnormality and cure.   2) All In The Mind This has been a fine series. It looks like […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th April 2019

1) Sci Show On Genetic Testing Here’s Hank with an overview of genetic testing, showing what genetic testing can and cannot tell us.   2) Precise brain stimulation boosts memory This news story from the BBC explains research which has used brain stimulation to boost working memory. The effects are short lived but surprising.   […]

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 […]