Category Research Methods

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th February 2017

1) MRI We make frequent reference to the use of fMRI, functional magnetic resonance imaging,  as a method of studying the brain during our course. The man who invented MRI, on which fMRI is based, died last week. This article explains a bit about him and his invention.   2) Sex Differences In Cognition Alpha […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday January 15th 2017

1) Mindset We’ve been thinking a lot about research methods over the past couple of weeks. This article looks at the popularity of growth mindset and at the research which underlies it. The central claim is that the evidence is not as strong as you’d think it would be. Peer review, significance, replicability and objectivity […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 2nd January 2017

1) A Little Bit OCD This article explores the presentation of OCD in HBO’s “Girls”. It explains how it moves away from depicting OCD as being tidy and fastidious to explore the anxiety and misery at the heart of the condition. This article gives a fuller overview of how OCD is defined and understood.   […]

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 – Sunday December 18th 2016

1) Depression And Cardiac Arrest This article explains how depression following a heart attack is treated. There’s a bias towards giving people drugs for this, in part because they are already receiving drugs for  their heart condition and in part because in Canada, as in many other countries, access to a psychiatrist who prescribes the tablets […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 12th November 2016

1) “It’s important to talk about gender when we talk about mental health.” This quote comes from this article. When we were looking at gender bias in Psychology in Year 2 a couple of weeks ago, we thought about the extent to which differences between the genders are ignored in the process of diagnosis and treatment. This […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 15th October 2016

1) World Mental Health Day In the Year 2 course this week, we found ourselves talking about stigma in the context of World Mental Health Day. We were thinking about the relationship between stigma and free will. People think that mental illness is the consequence of choice in some sense and therefore blame people with […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 24th September 2016

1) RCTs One the things that has been bothering me for a while with RCTs (randomised controlled trials) is how it is possible to justify giving participants randomly allocated to a control group an inferior intervention. I was taught in week 1 of my Psychology Of Education masters degree course that this was not acceptable […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday August 6th 2016

1) Autism, Sense Of Self And Autobiographical Memory The idea that autism is connected to a lack of Theory Of Mind has been around for about 30 years. “Theory Of Mind” refers to the ability to understand the connection between the thoughts and actions of others. Theory Of Mind depends on sense of self. You […]