Category Social Influence

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th April 2019

1) Sci Show On Genetic Testing Here’s Hank with an overview of genetic testing, showing what genetic testing can and cannot tell us.   2) Precise brain stimulation boosts memory This news story from the BBC explains research which has used brain stimulation to boost working memory. The effects are short lived but surprising.   […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th March 2019

1) The Psychology Of Climate Change Responding to climate change can be seen as an example of social change. In our course, we see social change as a consequence of social influence processes. This video explains some of the psychology of climate change. Here is a link to the University Of California website which deals […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday March 7th, 2019

1) Autism And Anorexia We increasingly come across the idea that people have more than one disorder at a time, perhaps because those disorders have common causes. This BBC report looks at how autism and anorexia are linked. It is interesting for us because the conventional psychological explanations do not apply: distorted body image, social learning, […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday February 21st, 2019

1) Some Follow Up To Our Mindfulness Practical Our work in the Year 1 practical showed the benefit of meditation and exposure to a biodiverse environment in helping people manage stress. This article looks at issues of access to green space, focusing in particular on access to national parks. This article summarises research about the long […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday, February 10th 2019

1) Following On From Our Practical Firstly, the video extract we watched to explain the impact of the natural environment is now here. It’s powerful. This research paper came out last week. It comes from the Myriad team who are researching the introduction of mindfulness training into schools. For mindfulness to be accepted and be […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 14th October 2018

1) Body Clock – What Makes Us Tick This programme from the BBC is about circadian rhythms. It mixed a partial replication of Siffre’s pioneering research and attempts to alter the 24 hour cycle to replicate jet lag with stories of people with problems with sleeping and waking. The science was clear in separating endogenous […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 30th September, 2018

1) Sarah-Jayne Blakemore On The Teenage Brain She is on BBC Inside Science here: you need to wind about 19 minutes into the programme. She talks about recent experiments about risk taking. There’s an interesting example of how experiments about the effect of having a peer next to you in a driving simulation game is […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd September, 2018

1) Neurofeedback When we study phobias, we look at the way in which a conditioned fear response is replaced with a more positive response in systematic desensitisation. The problem with this is that the person still has to be exposed to their feared object or situation, albeit in stages. Neurofeedback gets round this in an […]

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 […]