1) Women And Addiction We have thought about gender bias in relation to several areas of Psychology this year, distinguishing between alpha and beta bias. Addiction is not an area we have thought about. This piece from the Mental Elf explains how women’s experience of addiction is different from that of men and what we […]

1) The Mind-Body Problem We’ve been struggling a bit with reductionism and levels of explanation in Year 2 revision: it is the issue/debate which has given us the most trouble. This article contains not only a useful account of fMRI but also an account of the debate between dualism and materialism which goes back to […]

1) Anorexia Nervosa In Young Children This article starts by looking at anorexia nervosa in pre-pubescent children and moves on to a more general and authoritative overview of what anorexia nervosa is and isn’t. The article focuses on family therapy while playing down the validity of family systems theory. Whilst social pressures and traumatic events […]

1) Freud’s Birthday Here’s a video via TED-Ed exploring some of the key principles of Freud’s theory.   2) Placebos It’s obvious from randomised controlled trials that some people get better even though they receive only a placebo treatment. The effect of thinking that a treatment will do some good is positive. This article looks at […]

1) Split Brain Patients This article refers to a piece of research about split brain patients which was published a couple of months ago. Sperry’s split brain research is designed to show how each half of the brain works separately in patients whose corpus callosum has been severed. An object presented to the left visual field […]

1) ADHD You can listen to a discussion about ADHD in this episode of All In The Mind. There’s a link to a TV documentary here. ADHD used just to be diagnosed in children. There are now adults receiving diagnosis who were not diagnosed as children. This mirrors developments in the diagnosis of depression. Until […]

1) More On Short Term And Long Term Memory More articles have appeared about research into the formation of memories in mice. There are two here and here. The key idea is that, rather than information passing from short term to long term memory, short and long term memories of an event are formed simultaneously. This […]

1) Therapygenetics This lecture from Thalia Eley explains what has been done to understand the genetic basis for who benefits from therapy. She deals with the limitations of candidate gene studies: I have now included a reference to this on the depression webpage. There’s a fascinating story here about what has been found so far […]

1) Serotonin Transporter Protein Gene I’ll admit this is a bit of a blow. For several years, I’ve been using a piece of video to go with some research which identifies the short form of the serotonin as a risk factor in the development of depression. The story is that people with this form are […]

1) Why We Need A Biological Explanation For Depression We’ve been thinking about this in the last week in Year 1 in the context of understanding the psychological approach to explaining and treating depression. Some answers emerge from items which have appeared this week. This article explains how progress has been made both in identifying […]