Category Treating Mental Disorders

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 7th October 2018

1) Machine Reductionism We’ve come across this idea in Year 1 when looking at memory. Whether or not it is appropriate to think of the brain as a computer is a highly complex question. This article explores some of that complexity.   2) The Anatomy Of Loneliness The BBC in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection […]

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 28th August 2018

1) Sleep And Studying The Brain This article from BBC Future looks at how brain imaging is used to understand what happens in our brains when we sleep. It shows who research moves on. The research that Dement and Kleitman did in the 1950s used EEG to demonstrate different stages of sleep. Modern methods can […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 13th August 2018

1) T Tests Here is a video from Crash Course explaining t tests. You don’t need to know everything on here for the exam but it’s good background on why for a t test you need similar distributions and standard deviations.   2) Screen Time This article on screen time makes a powerful point about […]

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 15th July 2018

1) Using Virtual Reality To Treat Phobias A few months ago, I posted a link to a BBC article about virtual reality treatment for fear of heights. This week, a research study has been published in The Lancet. You can read about it here, along with using a link to the original study. Here is […]

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 […]