Category Social Influence

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th December 2019

1) Altruism We used to study this as part of the A Level course. Here’s a radio programme about two major thinkers in this area, George Price and Joan Roughgarden.   2) Are babies capable of making moral decisions? This video from PBS explores this idea. It’s a development of the work on infants’ understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 28th November 2019

1) Grand Theft Auto If you play video games, you are probably familiar with the claim that they lead to violent acts. This article looks at the problem using qualitative data, examining the perspective of the participants. It is the value systems which these games represent rather than the violence within them which seems to […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th November 2019

1) Daraa In Year 1, we use a video about the early stages of the civil war in Syria to understand something about resistance to social influence. This feature from CNN tells the story of what happened in Daraa.   2) The Olfactory Bulb This is an area of the brain which is responsible for […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th October 2019

1) Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal The work we do on the nature-nurture debate now has its origins in the eugenics movement in the late nineteenth century. This programme explores these ideas. I haven’t watched it yet but it looks excellent.   2) Talking To Children In Year 1, we look caregiver-infant interactions at the start […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 28th September 2019

  1) Stanford Prison Experiment This article sums up recent critical evidence for the Stanford Prison Experiment which we will work on in Year 1 soon. Zimbardo’s conclusion, as stated in the video we watch about this study is that you can put good people in an evil place and the evil place wins. A […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 28th August 2019

1) Definitions Of Abnormality Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.   2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth? Here is a piece of video from the BBC.   3) The History Of Genetics I’ve been […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 22nd July 2019

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday, 11th July 2019

1) Screen Time Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.   2) And On Gambling …. Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 5th June 2019

1) What Is Psychology? This article from Dorothy Bishop does a fine job of explaining what Psychology is and isn’t.   2) Eating Disorders Are Way More Common Than You Would Think Here’s Hank on the range of eating disorders which are now diagnosed and studied. Twenty years ago, people thought that there was anorexia […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th April, 2019

1) All In The Mind – Clarke And Carrie Carlisle Clarke Carlisle was a professional footballer. He has suffered severe depression. He and his wife talk about their experience in this episode of All In The Mind. It is extraordinarily good. We’ve been thinking about the definition of abnormality in terms of failure to function […]