1) Conspirators In Their Own Memory Loss We’ve been working this week in Year 1 on explanations of forgetting. We focused on two broader evaluation points. Interference and retrieval failure due to absence as cues as explanations of forgetting are based on inference. They are not based on direct observation but rather are based on […]

1) The Pursuit Of Ignorance Stuart Firestein is a neuroscientist at Columbia University. In this TED Talk, he explains that science should be about what we don’t know more than about what we do know. Knowledge should just make us ask more questions. When we evaluate as part of our course, the idea of identifying […]

1) Researching E-Cigarettes This article explores some of the issues with researching the effects of e-cigarettes. To understand the long-term harm, researchers need to find people who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked. That turns out to be difficult because they don’t want to volunteer to take part.   2) Contagious Behaviour This article is […]

1) Mindfulness In Schools In both Year 2 groups, we spent the first lesson looking at the findings and conclusions of research projects from last summer. From each of them, there are implications for student well being. Furthermore, staff training earlier in the week focused on staff and student well-being. This article is relevant to […]

1) More On Gender This article looks at how researchers argue about male and female brains. In our course, we understand that alpha bias involves exaggerating differences between the genders while beta bias involves diminishing them. From a feminist perspective, differences have been exaggerated while some neuroscientists maintain that male and female brains are structurally […]

1) David Engleman On The Brain This series is being repeated on BBC4 at the moment. The website for the programme is here and you can see the programmes via iPlayer. I liked the section on brain plasticity which I have incorporated into the webpage we will use this term.   2) Erasing Memories The […]

1) The Mind And The Brain This episode of The Infinite Monkey Cage includes a discussion of mind and brain. Wide ranging and surprising.   2) And Also On The Radio …. This programme takes what we think we know about Pavlov and challenges it.   3) Gender And The Brain This article looks at […]

1) Smartphones This article looks at the effect of smartphones on children and adolescents. It challenges claims by Jean Twenge, whose work we look at in the context of locus of control, about the damaging effect of phones on well-being. It’s useful for us in a couple of ways. Firstly, it raises some research methods […]

1) Newborn Baby Development Has Been Vastly Underestimated That is the claim of this article. The development on which it focuses is social development, specifically the response of new borns to the still face procedure which is explained here. Not only do infants respond to this procedure but they also seem to learn from it, suggesting […]

1) To The Bone This article acts as a commentary on “To The Bone”, a film about anorexia nervosa which is now available on Netflix. The article challenges the idea that watching the film could be harmful or triggering for people at risk of developing anorexia. To claim this, the article claims, is to misrepresent the […]