Category Nature – Nurture

Post Of The Week – Sunday 12th February 2017

1) Two Long Reads About Memory Both of these come from the BPS Digest for this week. The first is about the loss of memory following a stroke. It uses concepts we study in our course to explain what it is like to lose and then regain memory: short term memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th February 2017

1) Split Brains This article introduces some recent research involving split brain patients which on the face of it challenges the way in which we think of these patients. Its findings suggest that their consciousness is less divided than is suggested by the research of Sperry and Gazzaniga. In the end, there may be a […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th January 2017

A two week break due to the mocks. 1) Ruby Wax And David Baddiel On Mindfulness The podcast you need is currently at the top of this list. Ruby Wax and David Baddiel discuss their experience of mental illness and therapy. Ruby Wax has just written a book about mindfulness. There’s an f word towards the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday December 11th 2016

1) Epigenetics And Addiction Some research from King’s College, London and from Bristol was reported in two places this week, here and here. Changes in the expression of genes have been found amongst participants whose parents smoke. These participants go on to be at greater risk of developing addiction. The challenge now for researchers is […]

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 November 2016

1) Autism In Adults This article tells the story of adults diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. It goes into depth on the nature of autism and how our understanding of autism is changing. It refers in particular to the issue of gender and autism, something we have been thinking about in Year 2.   2) Motherese In […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th October 2016

1) A Bit More On Sleep Following on from last week’s post, here is a TED Talk from Jeff Iliff explaining why we need to sleep in order for the brain to cleanse itself. Here’s another article which explains some of the psychological as well as biological consequences of not getting enough sleep.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd October 2016

1) HM Yet Again Here is another piece about HM. This one features an interview with Brenda Milner, now in her nineties and one of the original researchers of HM. There’s a reminder of a detail which is on the video on the Types Of Long Term Memory of a study by Milner in which HM […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st August 2016

1) The Safety Of Interventions For Smoking When I started teaching the addictive behaviour option in 2012, drug treatments for addiction seemed dangerously experimental. This article shows how far we have come. It reports on a large scale, multi-centre RCT looking at the risks associated with bupropion, varenicline and NRT as interventions for smoking. There […]