Tag Archives: classification

Post Of The Week – Saturday 19th June 2021

The blog’s been away for a few weeks as the assessment cycles took their course. There are a few things now on which to catch up. 1) This BBC news feature covers some of the research we look at in Year 2 when studying obesity. It looks in particular at how research into the genetic […]

Post Of The Week – Saturday 10th April 2021

1) Meet Your Microglia This video from SciShow Psych is well worth watching. When we study Biopsychology, we focus on neurons. There is a good reason for that. We have known about them for well over a hundred of years, we can detect their activity using EEG and can see them in post-mortem studies of […]

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 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 – Saturday 25th January, 2020

1) Science Of Evil This is essential listening for us in relation to the Social Psychology we do. It places the work of Asch, Milgram and Moscovici as well as some other psychologists in its social context and specifically cultural context. It does so in a critical and informed way which adds to our understanding […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 28th August 2019

1) Definitions Of Abnormality Here is Tony David from the UCL Institute Of Mental Health on defining mental health. This links to the definitions with which we deal in our course.   2) Is The Bystander Effect A Myth? Here is a piece of video from the BBC.   3) The History Of Genetics I’ve been […]

Post Of The Week – Tuesday 30th July 2019

1) Young, British And Depressed Channel 4 broadcast a programme with this title as part of Dispatches yesterday. I don’t have a link but it should be possible to find it however you access Channel 4. It looked at two specific issues. One was about whether it makes sense to put a label on the […]

Post Of The Week – Monday 22nd July 2019

1) Slaughterhouses Of Souls When we study the effects of institutionalisation and in particular Rutter’s research on Romanian orphans, we tend not to dwell too long on how bad the conditions were from which the orphans were taken. This article from three and a half years ago sets that record straight. Although some children were […]

Post Of The Week – Thursday, 11th July 2019

1) Screen Time Here is a piece of video from Andrew Przybylski about the effects of screen time. This piece from The Guardian also by him covers similar ground. It’s an example of popular fears being out of step with the science.   2) And On Gambling …. Andrew Przybylski comments at the end of […]

Post Of The Week – Sunday 4th November, 2018

1) Seven To Eight Hours Of Sleep This article reports research which suggests that everyone needs 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That’s important for the research we look at on circadian and ultradian rhythms.   2) Improving Antidepressant Outcomes When we write about the effectiveness of a therapy, we assume that we […]