Tag Archives: alcohol

Post Of The Week – Saturday 7th May 2016

1) Google And Health Data In thinking about classification and diagnosis during lessons, we have had on the horizon for a while the idea that diagnoses of mental illness will be made on the basis of biomarkers measured via mobile devices. The data these devices generate has to be held somewhere. Stories have emerged this […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 16th January 2016

1) Naked Scientists Here is Steve O’Rahilly from Cambridge University talking about obesity, leptin and exercise. You have to click on the link and wind about 35 minutes in. https://www.acast.com/naked_scientists_podcast/obesity-appetite-exercise-and-weight-loss   2) Gene For Autism Research into “genes for” typically starts with the people diagnosed with the condition and looks at the genes they have in […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 27th December 2015

1) David Kilcullen On ISIS David Kilcullen is a former colonel in the Australian Army. His academic background is in the social sciences. He has acted as an adviser to governments on threats from Islamist extremists. Here, he speaks at length about what we know and don’t know about these extremists. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgX460EDLV?play=true We’ve been looking […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 29th November, 2015

1) Nature-Nurture For many years, I used a television programme made by the psychologist Oliver James to explain psychological explanations of depression. James is about to publish a book where he challenges the idea that decoding the human genome can tell us much about human behaviour. He falls very much on the nature side of […]

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 […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 26th September, 2015

1) Keeping A Spotless Mind We’ve been getting interested in cognitive neuroscience in AS this week. We’ve been looking at the idea of looking inside the brain if we want to understand what actually happens when we remember something. We have also been thinking about how insights from neuroscience move us away from the mechanistic […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 6th September 2015

1) Replication In Psychology The debate is still rumbling on about the findings of the replication project which suggested that a high proportion of Psychology studies from a sample of 100 which were tested failed to be replicated with the same results. This is an intelligent contribution, with a particularly interesting example of fear conditioning […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 6th June 2015

1) The Dopamine Theory Of Addiction This article reviews what is known about dopamine and the process of addiction. For some time, it has been thought that addiction is a consequence of the release of dopamine. Dopamine on this account is a “pleasure chemical”. http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v16/n5/pdf/nrn3939.pdf?WT.ec_id=NRN-201505 The article explains that it is much more complex than […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 24th May, 2015

1) Age As A Risk Factor In Alcohol Addiction You need to wind 32 minutes into this programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05wdfhk/horizon-20142015-12-is-binge-drinking-really-that-bad It features Valerie Voon from Cambridge talking about the neurobiology of addiction. She explains that there are two reasons why people in late adolescence and early adulthood are vulnerable to addiction to alcohol. There are basically […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 5th April 2015

1) John Oliver On The Lottery In our last week of lessons on addiction, we watched John Oliver talking about tobacco. Here he is talking about state lotteries. A bit sweary, but he makes some important points about how adverts for lotteries distort perceptions of what lotteries are and what they do. 2) Mindchangers These […]