Category Research Methods

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 3rd April, 2017

1) Why We Need A Biological Explanation For Depression We’ve been thinking about this in the last week in Year 1 in the context of understanding the psychological approach to explaining and treating depression. Some answers emerge from items which have appeared this week. This article explains how progress has been made both in identifying […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th March 2017

1) Virtual Reality This week, as part of the phobias lessons in Year 1, we had a look at some video showing VR being used to treat PTSD. I explained that the video was quite old and that I hadn’t seen much about this recently. This article, from which the video above is drawn, was […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th March 2017

1) The Brain: A Radical Rethink When we have studied anything to do with localisation of the brain this year, I have been keen to stress that increasingly we understand the brain in terms of integration, not localisation. This article makes the point rather more effectively than I do.   2) Approaches To Psychopathology In […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 4th March 2016

1) Optogenetics People sometimes wonder why we focus on Biopsychology. The material we cover in our course provides a basis for understanding the rapid advances being made in studying and understanding the brain. This video explains one such advance, optogenetics. This article explains one advance in studying the brain.   2) Neuroscience And The Law […]

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 […]