Tag Archives: biomarkers

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 August 14th 2016

1) Counting The Calories Still It’s become common in research into dieting and obesity to suggest that a calorie is not just a calorie. In other words, the type of food we eat is as important in determining whether it will make us put on weight as how much we eat. That does not mean, […]

Post Of The Week -Saturday February 27th 2016

1) That Milgram Study Again Here’s an account of the study related to Milgram’s procedure which has been reported in a couple of places in the media over the last week. http://www.nature.com/news/modern-milgram-experiment-sheds-light-on-power-of-authority-1.19408 What’s useful here is the explanation of the procedure: what was being measured and how this relates to Milgram’s  ideas about obedience. Milgram […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 5th December 2015

1) Blocking Ghrelin The point of understanding neural mechanisms associated with hunger and satiety is that it makes it possible to intervene to prevent obesity. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203135959.htm This study concerns ghrelin. Ghrelin is released from the digestive tract when it is empty. It found that blocking gherlin reduced foraging and eating behaviour in hamsters while injecting […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 25th October, 2014

1) Mindfulness http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11161367/Mindfulness-does-it-really-live-up-to-the-hype.html#disqus_thread I’ve written posts about mindfulness and its relationship to therapy on this blog before. The difference this time is that I had a go at it during one of the training sessions I had to attend this week. It wasn’t the right time or place for me but I got a sense […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 20th February

1) Medicine Of Our Minds In Psychology, we rely on randomised controlled trials to establish the efficacy of drugs. Some people get the drug, others get a placebo but no one knows which they are getting. All might equally believe that the pill they are taking is having some effect. If the drug is really […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday 11th July

1) Gender And Attitudes To Mental Illness The best research I have seen this week has been in-house, not online. We’ve seen significant results from two of three groups investigating gender and attitudes to mental illness, with the third group posting marginally insignificant results. There is good evidence that boys have a less positive attitude. […]