Category Stress

Post Of The Week – Monday 2nd January 2017

1) A Little Bit OCD This article explores the presentation of OCD in HBO’s “Girls”. It explains how it moves away from depicting OCD as being tidy and fastidious to explore the anxiety and misery at the heart of the condition. This article gives a fuller overview of how OCD is defined and understood.   […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 18th September 2016

1) Stress And Depression I’ve not had time to listen to more than a fraction of this but it sounds really interesting. Carmine Pariante from King’s College London explores the links between stress and depression. This is important for what it tells us about the relationship between nature and nurture as well as about the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 11th 2016

1) Suzanne Corkin Obituary Suzanne Corkin has died. She is the researcher who worked with HM, Henry Mollison. It is easy to underestimate the validity of case studies. We criticise them because the researcher sometimes becomes too close to the subject of the case study and because case studies can seem like a one-off, making […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 3rd January 2016

1) 0 To 3 Years This radio programme features David Willetts who used to be a government minister. In it, he explains why we have got it wrong if we as a society invest a high proportion of our resources into children in the first three years of their lives. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sggdk I’ve been thinking again […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday December 12th 2015

1) TED – Daniel Levitin On Stress In this video, Daniel Levitin explains what stress does to our thinking and explains what we might do about it. Along the way, he refers to NNT, Number Needed To Treat, a concept from medical statistics which we use when looking at therapies for Depression.   2) Researching […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd May 2015

1) Depression As A Cellular Response In thinking about classification and diagnosis of depression, we contrast the idea of depression as an illness which needs to be cured with the idea of depression as a natural response to setback and trauma which has survived for sound evolutionary reasons. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150423125850.htm#.VT5DIVPM0_E.twitter This article explores this idea through […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 26th April 2015

1) Risk Taking In Adolescence In Biological Explanations Of Social Cognition, we get interested in the idea the way in which social cognition develops during adolescence. There is a fairly robust finding that during the period in which connections are being established between the pre-frontal cortex and limbic system, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 8th February 2015

1) The Scientific 23 We come across Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s work on developmental neuroscience when we look at the adolescent brain in A2. Increasingly, we refer to it during other parts of the course. She has been significantly involved in promoting public understanding of science and science as a career. This website is designed to do […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th January 2015

1) Connectome We have a look at the work of Sebastian Seung when we study the multistore model of memory. His big idea is that we are our connectome. In other words, it is how neurons are connected in our brains which make us who we are. He’s just published a book about his ideas. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 3rd January 2015

1) Stress Does You Good We are about to enter the time of year in AS when we start the stress topic. At the heart of much of the research in this topic is the idea that stress is a bad thing. Research is now starting to question this, as these references from TED show. […]