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 […]

1) Virtual Reality This week, as part of the phobias lessons in Year 1, we had a look at some video showing VR being used to treat PTSD. I explained that the video was quite old and that I hadn’t seen much about this recently. This article, from which the video above is drawn, was […]

1) The Brain: A Radical Rethink When we have studied anything to do with localisation of the brain this year, I have been keen to stress that increasingly we understand the brain in terms of integration, not localisation. This article makes the point rather more effectively than I do.   2) Approaches To Psychopathology In […]

1) The Effects Of Stress We’ve just been doing fight or flight response in Year 1. Here’s a timely illustration of the effects of the stress response on health.   2) Mark Williams On Mindfulness Here’s Mark Williams, one of the founding figures of Mindfulness Based CBT explaining where it came from and what its […]

1) Optogenetics People sometimes wonder why we focus on Biopsychology. The material we cover in our course provides a basis for understanding the rapid advances being made in studying and understanding the brain. This video explains one such advance, optogenetics. This article explains one advance in studying the brain.   2) Neuroscience And The Law […]

1) Common Misconceptions About Evolution This SciShow video has some useful things to say about evolution and more generally about what we mean by the word theory. SciShow say that they are going to set up a channel specifically for Psychology. Here’s a sample.   2) Ways Of Studying The Brain The video behind this […]

1) MRI We make frequent reference to the use of fMRI, functional magnetic resonance imaging,  as a method of studying the brain during our course. The man who invented MRI, on which fMRI is based, died last week. This article explains a bit about him and his invention.   2) Sex Differences In Cognition Alpha […]

1) Two Long Reads About Memory Both of these come from the BPS Digest for this week. The first is about the loss of memory following a stroke. It uses concepts we study in our course to explain what it is like to lose and then regain memory: short term memory, episodic memory, semantic memory, procedural […]

1) Split Brains This article introduces some recent research involving split brain patients which on the face of it challenges the way in which we think of these patients. Its findings suggest that their consciousness is less divided than is suggested by the research of Sperry and Gazzaniga. In the end, there may be a […]