Category Nature – Nurture

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th October 2018

1) Body Clock – What Makes Us Tick This programme from the BBC is about circadian rhythms. It mixed a partial replication of Siffre’s pioneering research and attempts to alter the 24 hour cycle to replicate jet lag with stories of people with problems with sleeping and waking. The science was clear in separating endogenous […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th September, 2018

1) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore On The Teenage Brain She is on BBC Inside Science here: you need to wind about 19 minutes into the programme. She talks about recent experiments about risk taking. There’s an interesting example of how experiments about the effect of having a peer next to you in a driving simulation game is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd September, 2018

1) Neurofeedback When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 4th September 2018

1) Genes And Educational Achievement This article explains recent research about the influence of genes on educational achievement. It is bigger than you might think.   2) Parity Of Esteem Here is Will Self’s account of a friend being sectioned and placed in a mental hospital. He has some uncomfortable and controversial things to say […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 28th August 2018

1) Sleep And Studying The Brain This article from BBC Future looks at how brain imaging is used to understand what happens in our brains when we sleep. It shows who research moves on. The research that Dement and Kleitman did in the 1950s used EEG to demonstrate different stages of sleep. Modern methods can […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th August 2018

1) Addiction To Online Gaming Here is Mark Griffiths talking sense about what is or isn’t addiction to online gaming. That should remind us that when psychologists use the term “addiction”, they mean something quite specific. The details are here.   2)  The Great God Of Depression How we think of mental illness changes as […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th July, 2018

1) Resilience Training This article from the Mental Elf reviews resilience training in schools. It’s useful for us for several reasons. Firstly, it’s an example of how CBT can be applied effectively to different contexts and therefore another example of the flexibility of CBT. Secondly, it raises the issue of generalisability. Effectiveness may well depend […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 15th July 2018

1) Using Virtual Reality To Treat Phobias A few months ago, I posted a link to a BBC article about virtual reality treatment for fear of heights. This week, a research study has been published in The Lancet. You can read about it here, along with using a link to the original study. Here is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th July, 2018

1) More On Zimbardo The controversy about Zimbardo’s study rolls on. Here is a link to a piece in the BPS Research Digest. What’s particularly valuable is that you can read a pre-print of the research by Haslam and colleagues here. The idea that the study is a study of obedience rather than conformity is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th June, 2018

1) Romanian Orphanages One criticism of the English And Romanian Adoptees study is that it only deals with the children who were adopted, not those left behind. It therefore gives a more optimistic picture of recovery because the children picked for adoption may have been more resilient. This article describes research done on children who have […]