Category Relationships

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th May, 2016

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday April 17th 2016

1) Some Commentary On Addiction We’re about to finish Addictive Behaviour in A2. I’ve been reworking some of the webpages to bring them up to date. Here are three links which illustrate some of the things I have been thinking about. Drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th April 2016

1) Romanian Orphanages The English And Romanian Adoptees study is central for our understanding of the effects of institutionalisation and more generally understanding the importance of attachment. The oldest child in this study was 3 and a half years old. Some children however were left in the orphanages for much longer before they were adopted. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th February 2016

1) The Mirror Test When we study the development of the sense of self in A2 Cognition And Development, we refer to the mirror test. 15 month old children sitting in front of a mirror will remove a red dot from their forehead, suggesting that they understand that the person in the mirror is “them”. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 26th September, 2015

1) Keeping A Spotless Mind We’ve been getting interested in cognitive neuroscience in AS this week. We’ve been looking at the idea of looking inside the brain if we want to understand what actually happens when we remember something. We have also been thinking about how insights from neuroscience move us away from the mechanistic […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd August 2015

1) Early Experience This week, I have been preparing for the Attachment topic in the new AS. In stages of development, there is a controversy about how much babies can do in the early weeks of life. This research into the laughter of babies is part of the process of suggesting that they can do […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 17th May 2015

1) Two Minute Neuroscience https://www.youtube.com/user/neurochallenged Here is a playlist of some very useful neuroscience videos. 2) Brain Fade This audio clip from the BBC uses some neuroscience to explain what happens when politicians cannot answer questions or golfers cannot hole putts. https://www.youtube.com/user/neurochallenged There is a very nice example of this in this piece of video. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th January 2015

1) Connectome We have a look at the work of Sebastian Seung when we study the multistore model of memory. His big idea is that we are our connectome. In other words, it is how neurons are connected in our brains which make us who we are. He’s just published a book about his ideas. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th October, 2014

1) Memory, The Hippocampus And HM We’ve had an interesting week in AS looking at the multistore model of memory. In particular, it has been interesting to look at the link between the model and current research into memory. There is a story at the heart of this research which, on the face of it, […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd August 2014

1) Insel And Others – The BRAIN Project This is a discussion programme based on President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. The speakers, including Thomas Insel, are big hitters in the field. There are many gems in this wide ranging discussion. I’m struck by how quickly the technology is changing, which enables rapid advances in knowledge. The […]