Tag Archives: autism

Post Of The Week – Saturday 17th April 2021

1) Understanding The Neuroscience Of Autism Grainne McAlonan speaks here about the neuroscience of autism in this podcast. She explains how individual differences can be understood. Her research tries to understand how genetic differences are then influenced by environmental factors, focusing on sensitive periods of development. It’s an example of how the nature-nurture debate has […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 27th March, 2021

1) Genes For Autism When the human genome was published 20 years ago, people thought it would be possible to identify genes for particular conditions. This has turned out not to be the case but the idea persists as an assumption. This article explains the problem. There are genetic variants associated with autism but these […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st March 2021

1) OCD And The Adolescent Brain We’ll be looking at biological explanations of OCD in Year 1 next week. Here is an article about OCD and the adolescent brain. It contains ideas about how OCD in adolescence might be researched. 2) Change The Story This is a link to a fund raising campaign for the […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 21st February 2021

1) Characteristics Of Depression We’ll be looking at clinical characteristics of depression in Year 1 in the next few weeks. This article explains how loss of interest and pleasure in activities is a characteristic of depression. It also explains why reactivating such activities is beneficial. 2) Nicotine Replacement Therapy We’ll be looking at this as […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 13th February 2021

1) Social Cognition We’ll be look at this as a sub-topic in Year 2 after half term. Here, Barbara Sahakian and colleagues look at the impact on young children interacting with each other because of pandemic restrictions. It’s a story about nature and nurture. It is also a story about the connection between social cognition […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 10th January 2021

1) The Pattern Seekers We look at Simon Baron-Cohen’s early research into theory of mind and autism as part of Cognition And Development in Year 2. He has just published a new book, The Pattern Seekers. He writes about it in this article in New Scientist which for now, at least, is not behind a […]

Post Of The Term – Saturday 19th December 2020

The blog has been inactive for a while. It’s been a busy term. Here are some Psychology highlights of the last three months related to our course. 1) The Battle Over Dyslexia In Psychology, much depends on how we define disorders. This article tells the story of how dyslexia was originally diagnosed, how that diagnosis […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 13th September, 2020

1) False Memory We’ve started Year 12 with a practical on false memory. It uses the same procedure as Year 13 used at the end of last term. Here’s a piece of video from TED Ed about false memory. Its author is a professor at Harvard. 2) Poverty, Well Being And Diet I have been […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 27th August 2020

The blog has been away for a while. The growth of the pandemic and in particular the reliance on non-pharmaceutical interventions both seemed like impossible obstacles to writing a blog. Commenting on obedience, conformity and social change risked people taking research the wrong way and doing things which put them at risk. I didn’t want […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 29th February 2020

1) Laura Schulz – The Surprisingly Logical Minds Of Babies Following on from Baillargeon’s work on infant cognition we have been doing in Year 2, here is a TED Talk from four years ago about the reasoning of 15 month old children. Schulz has something powerful to say about human cognition and thinking based on […]