Category Treating Mental Disorders

Post Of The Week – Saturday 17th April 2021

1) Understanding The Neuroscience Of Autism Grainne McAlonan speaks here about the neuroscience of autism in this podcast. She explains how individual differences can be understood. Her research tries to understand how genetic differences are then influenced by environmental factors, focusing on sensitive periods of development. It’s an example of how the nature-nurture debate has […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 3rd April 2021

1) Online Apps For Depression One of the strengths of CBT for depression which we consider as part of our course is that CBT can be adapted for online use, making it accessible for people who might not want to see a therapist face to face. This article suggests that such therapy can be effective. […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th March 2021

1) Understanding Melancholy This radio programme offers some insights into melancholy. The programme starts with a historical perspective, looking at how melancholy was understood in the early modern period. It then looks at the recent experience of mental distress. 2) A People’s History Of Depression This article also takes a historical perspective. It’s an interview […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th March 2021

1) Life Stages Of The Brain Here’s a programme from NPR in the United States featuring several neuroscientists talking about different stages of development of the brain. If you wind through to about 29:30, you can hear Sandrine Thuret talk about the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus. She features in a TED Talk […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th February 2021

1) Human Genome In working on the Biological Approach in Year 1, I have been trying to explain how developments in brain imaging and in genetics in the 1990s led to the belief that it would be possible to offer sufficient explanations of behaviour and disorders in terms of biology. This article explains how, in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st February 2021

1) Characteristics Of Depression We’ll be looking at clinical characteristics of depression in Year 1 in the next few weeks. This article explains how loss of interest and pleasure in activities is a characteristic of depression. It also explains why reactivating such activities is beneficial. 2) Nicotine Replacement Therapy We’ll be looking at this as […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th February, 2021

1) Steven Pinker’s Lectures These are for his introductory course in Psychology. They are great, especially for AS students as we make our way through Approaches. Lecture 2 – Psychoanalysis And The Behavioural Approachl https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bc3f3706-b0a3-4657-99f5-acbd0026b6ef Lecture 3 – The Multilevel Cognitive-Biological Approach https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=4cf43826-87b9-4389-997d-acc200d51558 Lecture 4 – Evolution Of Mind And Brain https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=72e35c99-79a2-49a0-8a1a-acc400d02e4f# 2) Ethics Of […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 23rd January, 2021

1) Brain Drain As you work at home in lessons, you may keep your phone alongside whatever device you are using. There’s evidence that even having the phone there takes up memory and processing capacity and prevents you from processing whatever you are supposed to be doing. Here is a review of that evidence. 2) […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 10th January 2021

1) The Pattern Seekers We look at Simon Baron-Cohen’s early research into theory of mind and autism as part of Cognition And Development in Year 2. He has just published a new book, The Pattern Seekers. He writes about it in this article in New Scientist which for now, at least, is not behind a […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th August 2020

The blog has been away for a while. The growth of the pandemic and in particular the reliance on non-pharmaceutical interventions both seemed like impossible obstacles to writing a blog. Commenting on obedience, conformity and social change risked people taking research the wrong way and doing things which put them at risk. I didn’t want […]