Category Nature – Nurture

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 16th January, 2019

1) Food This follow up episode┬áto Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series last spring is worth watching. It has a similar blend to the original programmes: campaigning on food marketing and labelling alongside a personal story about the battle to lose weight. There was reference to evolutionary explanations of food preference, focusing on the combination of fat and […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 9th January 2019

1) The New Prescription For Happiness In Year 1 in a few weeks, we will do a practical comparing different approaches to reducing stress: mindfulness and walking in green space. This article is therefore timely. It explores how people are using simple, everyday activities as a route to well-being as an alternative, or perhaps in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th December, 2018

1) What Makes Me, Me? This is the third of this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. It’s aimed at an audience younger than sixth form but deals with some of the content of our course – natural selection, lactase persistence – as well as presenting contemporary controversies about genes and environment. It is worth sticking […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 20th December 2018

1) Recovery After Trauma We think about this in Year 2 Biopsychology. Here are some individual stories of trauma and recovery sensitively told.   2) How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety In our course, we look at the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and flooding in treating phobias. SD works on the principle […]

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 […]