Tag Archives: classification

Post Of The Week – Sunday 28th August 2016

1) ADHD Nation This is a review of a new book about ADHD. It’s got many elements of a Psychology story: problems of definition and diagnosis, the influence of drug companies on academic research, biological and psychological approaches working first to complement each other but then in opposition. The review quotes the start of the […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday June 11th 2016

1) Suzanne Corkin Obituary Suzanne Corkin has died. She is the researcher who worked with HM, Henry Mollison. It is easy to underestimate the validity of case studies. We criticise them because the researcher sometimes becomes too close to the subject of the case study and because case studies can seem like a one-off, making […]

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 – 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 – 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 – Saturday 19th September 2015

1) Violent Video Games This Horizon documentary takes you through several pieces of research on video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06cjypk What’s interesting here is not so much the conclusion but the research process. We have some classic laboratory experiments, some correlational evidence, a study which addresses one significant extraneous variable and some current neuroscience. We end up […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 10th May, 2015

1) Varenicline In Reduction As Well As Cessation Of Smoking Most trials of smoking cessation start with people who commit to stop smoking on a particular date and follow them to see for how long they can stop. This does not however reflect the way many people give up smoking: gradually reduce their level of […]

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 – Sunday 12th April 2015

1) Fats We spend some time as part of the A2 Eating Behaviour topic considering whether a calorie is really just a calorie. The argument is whether we should focus on how much we eat or on the type of food we eat. It is interesting that when I started teaching this topic in its […]

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 […]