Category Nature – Nurture

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd December 2018

1) Broca’s Aphasia This video features Sarah Scott. She had a stroke when she was 18, resulting in the development of aphasia. She talks in this video about losing and then regaining the use of speech. Here she is at an earlier stage of her recovery having her brain scanned.   2) Neural Networks In […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 26th November, 2018

1) Replication Crisis We’ve been working in Year 1 on a correlational study. Some of the correlations turned out the way we expected based on previous research, some didn’t. This article explains the findings of the Many Labs 2 study. It aimed to replicate the findings of 28 important studies, with 14 replications coming up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th November, 2018

1) Food Preference We’ll be starting Eating Behaviour in Year 2 very soon. Here is a podcast about food preference, including an experimental procedure where a taste test is paired with different sounds.   2) Mind As A Machine This video is remarkable. It forms the basis for an exploration of what it means to […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th November 2018

1) I Call My OCD “Olivia” We have been thinking about treatment for OCD in the context of free will and determinism in Year 2 this week. This piece from the BBC looks at cognitive approaches to both explaining and treating OCD. There is a section on ERP: Exposure And Response Prevention therapy. This uses […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th October 2018

1) E-Cigarettes We don’t study e-cigarettes as part of our course when we look at methods of reducing addiction. That doesn’t mean to say though that people do not use them as a way of reducing their use of tobacco. The problem is that the evidence about how safe they are is mixed and complex. […]

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 […]