Category Models Of Abnormality

Post Of The Week – Saturday 11th November 2017

1) All In The Mind There’s a very good discussion of work being done to understand depression as a response to changes in the immune system at the end of this week’s All In The Mind. It’s coherent in that it shows us that we do not have to think of depression simply as a […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th October 2017

1) Virtual Reality Therapy I first showed students videos about this almost 20 years ago. This article explains what is being done with VR therapy now. It looks at how its time may now be coming but also what has prevented its development to this point.   2) Richard Thaler – Nobel Prize Richard Thaler […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th June 2017

1) The Psychology Of Cults Cults are interesting from a social psychological point of view. They are based on obedience to an authority figure and rely on compliance. This video from TED Ed touches on some other Psychology concepts.   2) The Smartphone Psychiatrist The psychiatrist in question is Tom Insel. This extended profile is […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th June, 2017

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

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 […]