Category Relationships

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 19th June 2014

1) Evolutionary Explanations Of Fighting Behaviour In our A2 course, we look at two lots of evolutionary explanation in some detail. In Eating Behaviour, we consider evolutionary explanations of food preference. We consider specifically the idea that we have evolved to be an intelligent species which eats cooked meat. The discovery of how to cook […]

Post Of The week – Thursday 27th February, 2014

1) Horizon On How You Really Make Decisions This programme looks at the way in which logic and intuition govern the decisions we make. It features the work of Daniel Kahneman from Princeton University. I’ve only managed to watch a few minutes so far but, as with the other psychological Horizons recently, it looks really […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 20th February

1) Medicine Of Our Minds In Psychology, we rely on randomised controlled trials to establish the efficacy of drugs. Some people get the drug, others get a placebo but no one knows which they are getting. All might equally believe that the pill they are taking is having some effect. If the drug is really […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 13th February 2014

1) Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist, explains in this video why diets do not work. Along the way, she explains some of the ideas in our A2 Eating Behaviour course: neural mechanisms, dieting, evolutionary explanations, factors affecting eating behaviour. Her big idea is that eating can become mindful. That, as we’ve […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 6th February 2014

1) Finishing Off Depression We are about to finish off the Depression topic in Year 13. It’s been a fascinating four or five weeks looking at competing and contradictory claims. Fundamentally, the researchers cannot agree about the effectiveness of biological therapies nor about the classification and diagnosis of depression. All of the debate really comes […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 12th December 2013

1) Online Dating We did this a week or two ago in A2. Here’s a link to an article which covers some of the same ground as we covered in our lesson. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/a-psychologists-guide-to-online-dating/282225/?utm_source=buffer&utm_content=buffer785a4 I forgot when I was teaching this topic about the very good TED talk from Amy Webb on reverse engineering dating websites. […]

The Influence Of Childhood On Adult Relationships – Why This Is Interesting

By the time you read this in your lesson, you will know how Bowlby’s and Ainsworth’s theories have been used to show how childhood experience influences adult relationships. You will also know some evidence about Ainsworth’s attachment types and adult relationships. You will know about how this evidence has been criticised and how different methods […]

Sexual Selection And Human Reproductive Behaviour

The aim for this sub-topic is that you work very independently in order to master the key ideas and the evidence. We’ll make a start in class and share ideas at the end: the middle phase is up to you. Getting Started Use the summary in your resources booklet as a starting point. You can […]

Formation Of Relationships – Dating Websites

The questions we are dealing with are How has the filter model been applied to dating websites? How good is the evidence that they work? What does research into dating websites tell us about why people really form relationships? The researcher you need to focus on is Eli Finkel. A good place to start is […]