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Post Of The Week – Saturday 12th November 2016

1) “It’s important to talk about gender when we talk about mental health.” This quote comes from this article. When we were looking at gender bias in Psychology in Year 2 a couple of weeks ago, we thought about the extent to which differences between the genders are ignored in the process of diagnosis and treatment. This […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 20th February, 2016

1) In The Mind When this blog started two and a half years ago, references to public perception of mental health in the media were rare enough to include a link in a post. They have now become so common that it would be foolish to include everything which comes up. The centrepiece of the BBC […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 21st August 2014

1) Uta Frith On The History Of Autism http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/blog/2014/guest-blog-london-as-a-crucible-for-autism-in-the-1950s In this article, Uta Frith explains some of the background to the development of autism as a diagnosis. Three important ideas emerge from this. Firstly, it is worth reminding ourselves how recent the classification and diagnosis of autism is. Uta Frith started a PhD in 1964 at […]

Psychology And Employability

This is a link to the website of the Higher Education Academy. Their role is to provide advice and support to universities. They have a Psychology specialist https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/node/3269 This is the document they have produced about Psychology and employability. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/psychology-dept-employability-guide.pdf With UCAS on the horizon, people thinking about Psychology degrees inevitably want to know where a […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 17th April

1) Oxytocin – Myth And Truth Oxytocin is a hormone which has had a mention or two on this blog, most recently last week in relation to research suggesting that it could be used to treat autism. This article explains three of the myths surrounding oxytocin and what research actually tells us. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5594280/no-the-love-hormone-oxytocin-wont-stop-your-spouse-from-cheating It’s a nice […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 20th March, 2014

1) Why Is Addiction So Powerful? Here is a one minute read from the Neurosphere website on addiction. View story at Medium.com The homepage has access to loads of clearly written and beautifully illustrated short articles. 2) Fast Food And Obesity When we look at psychological explanations of obesity in A2, we look at the […]

Addictive Behaviour Models – Questions For The Test w/b 24/3/14

•Outline how the learning approach would explain the maintenance of gambling. (4) (January 2013) •Outline and evaluate the cognitive approach to explaining problem gambling. (4+6) (June 2012) •Outline and evaluate the biological approach to explaining smoking behaviour. (4+4) (January 2012) •Outline how the biological approach would explain the maintenance of gambling. (4) •Outline how the […]

AS Social Influence – Understanding Independent Behaviour

To introduce this sub-topic, watch this extract from Panorama. It concerns some deserters from the Syrian army. I’ll try to explain in the lesson something about the conflict in Syria. If you want to know more, follow this link to the BBC website. There are three questions we can ask based on the psychology of […]

AS Social Influence: Conformity, Asch’s Study And Riots

Firstly, remind yourself of the key features of Asch’s study. You can watch a reconstruction of the original 1951 study here.  You can also listen to Peter Smith talking about his work with Rod Bond on conformity across cultures here. If you want to hear more about the ethics of Asch’s study, you can listen […]

Locus Of Control

The link to the Health Check programme exploring locus of control is here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00w949l The section specifically on health starts at 10 minutes and 20 seconds.