Tag Archives: adolescent brain

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th March 2017

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday January 15th 2017

1) Mindset We’ve been thinking a lot about research methods over the past couple of weeks. This article looks at the popularity of growth mindset and at the research which underlies it. The central claim is that the evidence is not as strong as you’d think it would be. Peer review, significance, replicability and objectivity […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday December 18th 2016

1) Depression And Cardiac Arrest This article explains how depression following a heart attack is treated. There’s a bias towards giving people drugs for this, in part because they are already receiving drugs for  their heart condition and in part because in Canada, as in many other countries, access to a psychiatrist who prescribes the tablets […]

Post Of The week – Sunday, November 27th 2016

1) Milgram’s Recordings It’s clear from standard text book accounts of Asch’s study that Asch interviewed his participants and used those interviews to draw conclusions about why people conform. What is less obvious is how Milgram used interviews with his participants. This article explains how analysis is now being done of these interviews to understand […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 23rd October, 2016

1) Circadian Rhythms This is a fine TED talk from Russell Foster from Oxford. Russell Foster also appears in this Royal Institution event. There’s a story here about how Psychology moves on. The studies we look at for this topic, going back to the Siffre studies of more than 50 years ago, are essentially studies […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 31st July 2016

1) Genes For Obesity The story about genes for obesity is similar to other stories in Psychology. We know obesity runs in families but can’t yet say which particular genes are involved. That is changing though as more sophisticated genetic analysis comes on stream. We’ve known about the variant of FTO gene for a while […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 9th July 2016

1) Epigenetics If we are going to understand nature and nurture properly, we need to understand epigenetics. Epigenetics describes how some genes are switched on but others are not. This TED-ED video explains the process. This article explains how research into one aspect of epigenetics might explain why we still find it hard to understand […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th May, 2016

1) Ethics We have looked at a few ethics questions as part of the revision process. Occasionally, they relate to studies involving children. The rules are clear. Parental consent is needed for children under the age of 16. New Questions Over Kids’ Company Brain Experiments This article relates to Kids’ Company, a charity which has […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 14th November 2015

1) Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration One of the issues we look at when considering classification, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders is co-morbidity. Put simply, people tend not to have conditions in isolation but have more than one thing wrong with them at a time. This becomes awkward when doctors are diagnosing conditions because they have […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 25th October 2015

1) Robert Plomin On “The Life Scientific”. Robert Plomin is a behavioural geneticist whose work has created a degree of controversy. You can listen to an extended interview with him here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06j1qts Plomin’s big idea is that variations between individuals in academic success can be explained substantially by genes. This is the conclusion of a […]