Category Neuroscience

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th September, 2019

1) Plasticity Over the summer, I worked a bit on the webpage on localisation of brain function. In particular, I was looking for evidence about recruitment of homologous areas. This article describes research into children who experience strokes at or around the time of birth. The right side of the brain was taking over the […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 13th August 2019

1) Drug For Obesity When we study biological explanations of obesity, we consider the impact of the MC4R gene. We also consider this as a piece of socially sensitive research. One of the justifications of the research into the genes for obesity is that even though it labels and possibly stigmatises people, it gives them […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 30th July 2019

1) Young, British And Depressed Channel 4 broadcast a programme with this title as part of Dispatches yesterday. I don’t have a link but it should be possible to find it however you access Channel 4. It looked at two specific issues. One was about whether it makes sense to put a label on the […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 22nd July 2019

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

1) Genetics Of Depression Here is Ed Yong writing clearly and purposefully about the problems with research into the genetic basis of depression. I have been using this research as part of our course for a while. More recent research gives a more nuanced and plausible account of how genes might influence depression.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st March, 2019

1) The Future Of Depression Treatment In Year 1 last week, we were looking at how understanding the biology of OCD might lead to better treatment. If the genetic basis of OCD in each individual case is understood, then treatment can be personalised. This video looks at how research in relation to depression addressing this […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 17th March, 2019

1) Brain Stimulation For OCD When we study OCD, we look at the effect of deep brain stimulation. This study shows how that research moves on. Two specific areas deep within the brain are named.   2) Rorschach This video relates to ideas within the psychodynamic approach which we explore in Year 2.   3) […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 30th January 2019

1) Electro-Convulsive Therapy We used to study this as part of our A Level. Many myths surround its use. Here is a useful and balanced view from TED-Ed.   2) CBT For Weight Loss When we study psychological explanations of obesity, we look at how distorted beliefs about diets leads to people gaining weight. This […]

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 […]