Category Obedience

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th August 2020

The blog has been away for a while. The growth of the pandemic and in particular the reliance on non-pharmaceutical interventions both seemed like impossible obstacles to writing a blog. Commenting on obedience, conformity and social change risked people taking research the wrong way and doing things which put them at risk. I didn’t want […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th January, 2020

1) Science Of Evil This is essential listening for us in relation to the Social Psychology we do. It places the work of Asch, Milgram and Moscovici as well as some other psychologists in its social context and specifically cultural context. It does so in a critical and informed way which adds to our understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th December 2019

1) Altruism We used to study this as part of the A Level course. Here’s a radio programme about two major thinkers in this area, George Price and Joan Roughgarden.   2) Are babies capable of making moral decisions? This video from PBS explores this idea. It’s a development of the work on infants’ understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 28th November 2019

1) Grand Theft Auto If you play video games, you are probably familiar with the claim that they lead to violent acts. This article looks at the problem using qualitative data, examining the perspective of the participants. It is the value systems which these games represent rather than the violence within them which seems to […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th October 2019

1) Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal The work we do on the nature-nurture debate now has its origins in the eugenics movement in the late nineteenth century. This programme explores these ideas. I haven’t watched it yet but it looks excellent.   2) Talking To Children In Year 1, we look caregiver-infant interactions at the start […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th March 2019

1) The Psychology Of Climate Change Responding to climate change can be seen as an example of social change. In our course, we see social change as a consequence of social influence processes. This video explains some of the psychology of climate change. Here is a link to the University Of California website which deals […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday March 7th, 2019

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

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 – Sunday 1st April 2018

1) Problem Gambling This extract of You And Yours on Radio 4 features Henrietta Bowden-Jones who also features in the audio on the gambling webpage. It focuses on a case of  a woman who lost a very large amount of money through online gambling. Three points emerge. Firstly, the personal account does not include reference […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th February 2018

1) Effectiveness Of Antidepressants A large scale study was published this week about the effectiveness of antidepressants. Here is the BBC story. There’s been a bit of debate about what this research actually means. The Mental Elf has something important to say here. This is very good from Neuroskeptic.   2) Test For Autism In […]