Category Treating Mental Disorders

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 16th January, 2019

1) Food This follow up episode┬áto Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series last spring is worth watching. It has a similar blend to the original programmes: campaigning on food marketing and labelling alongside a personal story about the battle to lose weight. There was reference to evolutionary explanations of food preference, focusing on the combination of fat and […]

Post Of The Week – Wednesday 20th December 2018

1) Recovery After Trauma We think about this in Year 2 Biopsychology. Here are some individual stories of trauma and recovery sensitively told.   2) How imagination can help people overcome fear and anxiety In our course, we look at the effectiveness of systematic desensitisation and flooding in treating phobias. SD works on the principle […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 2nd December 2018

1) Broca’s Aphasia This video features Sarah Scott. She had a stroke when she was 18, resulting in the development of aphasia. She talks in this video about losing and then regaining the use of speech. Here she is at an earlier stage of her recovery having her brain scanned.   2) Neural Networks In […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 26th November, 2018

1) Replication Crisis We’ve been working in Year 1 on a correlational study. Some of the correlations turned out the way we expected based on previous research, some didn’t. This article explains the findings of the Many Labs 2 study. It aimed to replicate the findings of 28 important studies, with 14 replications coming up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 11th November 2018

1) I Call My OCD “Olivia” We have been thinking about treatment for OCD in the context of free will and determinism in Year 2 this week. This piece from the BBC looks at cognitive approaches to both explaining and treating OCD. There is a section on ERP: Exposure And Response Prevention therapy. This uses […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th November, 2018

1) Seven To Eight Hours Of Sleep This article reports research which suggests that everyone needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That’s important for the research we look at on circadian and ultradian rhythms.   2) Improving Antidepressant Outcomes When we write about the effectiveness of a therapy, we assume that we […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th October 2018

1) E-Cigarettes We don’t study e-cigarettes as part of our course when we look at methods of reducing addiction. That doesn’t mean to say though that people do not use them as a way of reducing their use of tobacco. The problem is that the evidence about how safe they are is mixed and complex. […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st October 2018

1) Stages Of Sleep This article describes research into the function of stages of sleep. When we study ultradian rhythms, we identify as a strength of the research describing each stage that it has been influential because it has raised the question of what these stages are for. Slow wave sleep appears to help us […]

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 […]