Category Research Methods

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th October 2017

1) The Touch Of Madness This article is a long read but, if you stick with it, a rewarding one. It describes the work of Nev Jones, someone who has both studied psychosis and experienced it. At the heart of this is how we define and respond to abnormality.   2) And Another Long Read […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th September, 2017

1) The Pursuit Of Ignorance Stuart Firestein is a neuroscientist at Columbia University. In this TED Talk, he explains that science should be about what we don’t know more than about what we do know. Knowledge should just make us ask more questions. When we evaluate as part of our course, the idea of identifying […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th September, 2017

1) Researching E-Cigarettes This article explores some of the issues with researching the effects of e-cigarettes. To understand the long-term harm, researchers need to find people who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked. That turns out to be difficult because they don’t want to volunteer to take part.   2) Contagious Behaviour This article is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 13th August, 2017

1) Smartphones This article looks at the effect of smartphones on children and adolescents. It challenges claims by Jean Twenge, whose work we look at in the context of locus of control, about the damaging effect of phones on well-being. It’s useful for us in a couple of ways. Firstly, it raises some research methods […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th August 2017

1) Newborn Baby Development Has Been Vastly Underestimated That is the claim of this article. The development on which it focuses is social development, specifically the response of new borns to the still face procedure which is explained here. Not only do infants respond to this procedure but they also seem to learn from it, suggesting […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday, 16th July 2017

1) Biological Rhythms As an introduction to what biological rhythms are and why we have them, this is pretty good.   2) How do anti-depressants actually work? This article neatly sums up what we do and don’t know about how antidepressants work. We no longer study biological treatments for depression as part of our course […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th June, 2017

1) Gene Editing This video from the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust describes the process of gene editing. We spend a fair bit of out time thinking about genetic explanations for things. The assumption in the longer term is that, if you know what these are, you can do something about them.   2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th June 2017

1) Women And Addiction We have thought about gender bias in relation to several areas of Psychology this year, distinguishing between alpha and beta bias. Addiction is not an area we have thought about. This piece from the Mental Elf explains how women’s experience of addiction is different from that of men and what we […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th May 2017

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th May, 2017

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]