Category Obedience

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th June 2017

1) The Psychology Of Cults Cults are interesting from a social psychological point of view. They are based on obedience to an authority figure and rely on compliance. This video from TED Ed touches on some other Psychology concepts.   2) The Smartphone Psychiatrist The psychiatrist in question is Tom Insel. This extended profile is […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th April 2017

1) ADHD You can listen to a discussion about ADHD in this episode of All In The Mind. There’s a link to a TV documentary here. ADHD used just to be diagnosed in children. There are now adults receiving diagnosis who were not diagnosed as children. This mirrors developments in the diagnosis of depression. Until […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 27th December 2016

1) The Predictive Power Of Attachment Is Overrated That is the claim of this article. At a time when attachment is being promoted as a way of understanding later difficulties, the article questions what we know about the influence of attachment. The article makes some important points. People tend to confuse insecure attachment with no […]

Post Of The Week -Saturday 30th April 2016

1) Willem Kuyken on Mindfulness Based CBT A study has come out this week which shows that MCBT is effective in preventing relapse in people suffering multiple episodes of depression. You can read about that here. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent recurrent depression Kuyken gives an extended interview about this study and other issues connected […]

Post Of The Week -Saturday February 27th 2016

1) That Milgram Study Again Here’s an account of the study related to Milgram’s procedure which has been reported in a couple of places in the media over the last week. http://www.nature.com/news/modern-milgram-experiment-sheds-light-on-power-of-authority-1.19408 What’s useful here is the explanation of the procedure: what was being measured and how this relates to Milgram’s  ideas about obedience. Milgram […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd January 2016

1) 0 To 3 Years This radio programme features David Willetts who used to be a government minister. In it, he explains why we have got it wrong if we as a society invest a high proportion of our resources into children in the first three years of their lives. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sggdk I’ve been thinking again […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 31st October 2015

1) Peering Inside The Brain This article looks at various attempts over the last 200 years to understand what happens inside our skulls. It refers to some of the exhibits in the Science Museum. If you are ever in London, there is some great Psychology stuff in there. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151028-a-brief-history-of-our-desire-to-peer-into-the-brain 2) How Writing Makes People Smarter […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th October 2015

1) Randomised Controlled Trials In Education I have been teaching people for a few years now that education suffers from a lack of RCTs. This is fundamentally because people do not wish to see students allocated to a condition randomly which may not be optimal for their education. This was what we learnt Term 1 […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 12th September 2015

1) Screen Time And GCSEs This news story refers to a research report which tracks children’s activity over a few years and relates it to exam outcomes. Children who spend longer in front of a screen tend to do worse. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34139196 This is a great example of how correlational evidence works and, perhaps more importantly, […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 31st January 2015

1) Morality – Story Of Now When we look at Kohlberg’s theory of moral understanding, a criticism is that in looking at how people respond to hypothetical scenarios, Kohlberg misses out a whole raft of elements in the process of making a moral choice. In recent years, Psychology has become interested in working out what […]