Category Research Methods

Post Of The Week – Saturday February 17th, 2018

1) Implanting False Memories A crucial claim of Elizabeth Loftus’ research is that it is possible to manipulate testimony and to implant false memories. We look at some of her research here. A problem with this research is that the memories which are implanted and manipulated seem trivial in comparison with the court cases to […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th February 2018

1) Brain Buzz – Gambling This podcast comes from some PhD students from the University Of British Columbia. I’ve dipped in and listened to bits of it. Psychology is fundamentally a research subject where researchers form hypotheses which they then test. It is also fundamentally about using a variety of approaches to understand questions and […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th January 2018

1) Uta Frith Talking About Alice Lee In this short BBC video, Uta Frith discusses Alice Lee’s pioneering research into brain size in the early 1900s. It’s a brilliant example of how Psychology works. This video on probability in the same series is almost as good.   2) John Dury On Crowds John Drury is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st December, 2017

1) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures These were given this year by Sophie Scott. She is a professor at UCL and specialises in neuroscience. The webpage on the BBC is here. There’s a great demonstration of Broca’s area near the start of the third lecture.   2) P-Values We’ll be again trying to get our heads […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 19th November 2017

1) All In The Mind – Attachment You need to wind about ten minutes into this programme to find a discussion on attachment with Elizabeth Meins. She challenges the way in which attachment is linked to later disorders. She emphasises that attachments are not stable and change over time. She also challenges the idea that […]

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 […]