Category Social Influence

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 4th September 2018

1) Genes And Educational Achievement This article explains recent research about the influence of genes on educational achievement. It is bigger than you might think.   2) Parity Of Esteem Here is Will Self’s account of a friend being sectioned and placed in a mental hospital. He has some uncomfortable and controversial things to say […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th July, 2018

1) Resilience Training This article from the Mental Elf reviews resilience training in schools. It’s useful for us for several reasons. Firstly, it’s an example of how CBT can be applied effectively to different contexts and therefore another example of the flexibility of CBT. Secondly, it raises the issue of generalisability. Effectiveness may well depend […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 22nd July 2018

1) A Bit More On The Stanford Prison Experiment Here is the response of Reicher and Haslam on the BBC Prison Experiment website. This covers some of the same ground as previous commentary from them. They lay out an explanation of the guards’ behaviour based on identity leadership.   2) Our World In Data – […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th July, 2018

1) More On Zimbardo The controversy about Zimbardo’s study rolls on. Here is a link to a piece in the BPS Research Digest. What’s particularly valuable is that you can read a pre-print of the research by Haslam and colleagues here. The idea that the study is a study of obedience rather than conformity is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st July 2018

1) Stanford Prison Experiment Here is a piece from The Psychologist about Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo is still gamely sticking to his story about the validity of the study as you can see here. For me, the central point is that the distinction between conformity to social roles and obedience which our specification makes […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 16th, 2018

1) The Genetics Of Depression There are two articles here. This one just out from the EDIT Lab looks at a paper published last year. It focuses on 44 genetic variations associated with depression. It makes the claim that “depression is largely a disorder of the brain”. In our course, we are encouraged to think […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th April, 2018

1) Genetics Of Depression A new study has come out, identifying 44 genetic variants as risk factors for depression. Here is an account from the Institute Of Psychiatry, Psychology And Neuroscience where some of the researchers on the study were based. Here is an account from The Guardian. There are two salient points. Firstly, there […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 1st April 2018

1) Problem Gambling This extract of You And Yours on Radio 4 features Henrietta Bowden-Jones who also features in the audio on the gambling webpage. It focuses on a case of  a woman who lost a very large amount of money through online gambling. Three points emerge. Firstly, the personal account does not include reference […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th March 2018

1) Genetic Basis Of Educational Achievement Here’s the latest from the IOPPN on genetics and educational achievement, looking ate differences in polygenic scores between students in different types of school. This should get us thinking about nature and nurture. Students, you won’t be surprised to hear, are different from each other.   2) Psychological Treatment […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th February 2018

1) Effectiveness Of Antidepressants A large scale study was published this week about the effectiveness of antidepressants. Here is the BBC story. There’s been a bit of debate about what this research actually means. The Mental Elf has something important to say here. This is very good from Neuroskeptic.   2) Test For Autism In […]