Category Models Of Abnormality

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd April, 2016

1) Nature And Nurture The debate has rumbled on this week. Here is a piece of research which has been reported about depressed rats in a couple of places. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/depression-not-governed-by-genes-and-environment-is-a-major-factor-when-it-comes-to-being-happy-a6958686.html and, more briefly, How Family History of Depression Affects Chance of Mental Illness The best thing I have read continues to be Marcus Munafo’s piece […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 19th September 2015

1) Violent Video Games This Horizon documentary takes you through several pieces of research on video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06cjypk What’s interesting here is not so much the conclusion but the research process. We have some classic laboratory experiments, some correlational evidence, a study which addresses one significant extraneous variable and some current neuroscience. We end up […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 10th August 2015

1) Chemical Soup This TED talk from David Anderson comes from the same event as the one by Thomas Insel which we use in lessons. Anderson’s idea in this talk is that we tend to treat the brain as a chemical soup where things go wrong when the balance of ingredients is not quite right: […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th July 2015

1) Improving response inhibition systems in frontotemporal dementia with citalopram This is interesting in lots of ways. We frequently refer to the role of the pre-frontal cortex in the inhibition of risky or socially unacceptable behaviour. Our main focus is how this develops in adolescence. There is another side to this. When people develop dementia in […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th April 2015

1) Louis Theroux – By Reason Of Insanity I saw parts of these two programmes a couple of weeks ago. Originally, I had planned not to post links on here as the programmes are in some ways quite disturbing. However, we ended up talking about them in one of Friday’s Year 12 lessons, so it […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 12th April 2015

1) Fats We spend some time as part of the A2 Eating Behaviour topic considering whether a calorie is really just a calorie. The argument is whether we should focus on how much we eat or on the type of food we eat. It is interesting that when I started teaching this topic in its […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st February, 2015

1) Relative And Absolute Risk This isn’t strictly speaking a piece of Psychology but it’s a very good example of how statistics sometimes mislead. In this video, David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge explains how claims about increased risk for a particular action or intervention are not necessarily what they seem. There’s a job to be done […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 8th November 2014

1) Repressed Memories Of Abuse At the end of last week, we watched Elizabeth Loftus’ TED talk on “The Fiction Of Memory” as an introduction into eye witness testimony and Loftus’ research. Our course focuses on eye witness testimony but Loftus’ work on recovered memories of abuse and the controversy that that research has produced […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 28th August 2014

1) Synaptic Pruning And Autism When we study biological explanations of social cognition, we look at the process of synaptic pruning which happens during adolescence. The brain seems to go through a process of reorganisation where connections between synapses are reduced and the amount of grey matter declines. The idea is that this happens in […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd August 2014

1) Insel And Others – The BRAIN Project This is a discussion programme based on President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. The speakers, including Thomas Insel, are big hitters in the field. There are many gems in this wide ranging discussion. I’m struck by how quickly the technology is changing, which enables rapid advances in knowledge. The […]