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Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th September 2016

1) Surgery Ban Last week, I was working on biological explanations of obesity. I was looking for a news story I dimly remembered about people with obesity being denied surgery unless they could lose weight. I hunted around on the internet and found something. As it turned out, I needn’t have bothered as this has […]

Post Of The week – Saturday 16th July, 2016

1) Issues Of Gender These two articles show how Psychology has dealt with gender. The first┬ástarts with a disturbing account of an attempt to cure homosexuality before exploring the career of Robert Heath, the man who carried them out. It is easy to see the ethical guidelines under which Psychology now operates as banal and […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 18th April 2015

1) Louis Theroux – By Reason Of Insanity I saw parts of these two programmes a couple of weeks ago. Originally, I had planned not to post links on here as the programmes are in some ways quite disturbing. However, we ended up talking about them in one of Friday’s Year 12 lessons, so it […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday March 14th 2015

1) What makes identical twins different? This video from Kings College London explains epigenetics. Identical twins may be born with the same DNA but end up being different, sometimes in important ways. That must be down to the way the environments they each experience lead to some genes being switched on but others staying switched […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 21st February, 2015

1) Relative And Absolute Risk This isn’t strictly speaking a piece of Psychology but it’s a very good example of how statistics sometimes mislead. In this video, David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge explains how claims about increased risk for a particular action or intervention are not necessarily what they seem. There’s a job to be done […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday January 25th 2015

1) Arrival Of The Fittest We are all familiar from Darwin with the idea of survival of the fittest. Mutations lead some individuals to have a better chance of survival than others. These genes then get passed from generation to generation, creating an evolutionary adaptation. What is less clear is how these mutations occur. That […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th November 2014

1) We Don’t Do Schizophrenia But …. There has been some debate this week about a report by the British Psychological Society about psychosis and schizophrenia. It has attracted some controversy. The issues are discussed in depth and persuasively in this post from the Mental Elf here. http://www.thementalelf.net/treatment-and-prevention/medicines/antipsychotics/understanding-psychosis-and-schizophrenia-a-critique-by-laws-langford-and-huda/ If you scroll down, you can read […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 2nd November

A couple of days late – half term holidays. Sorry. 1) Bedlam Here’s the link to the Channel 4 series taking a look inside the South London and Maudsley hospital. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bedlam I watched the first episode on 4OD catch up and would recommend the programmes. As with the programmes in the BBC season earlier in […]